Trout Unlimited in West Virginia is looking for energetic, intelligent, and motivated individuals to join our growing staff for seasonal employment in 2021. TU is working with the USFS-Monongahela National Forest to assist activities that support native trout and aquatic resource conservation. We are looking to fill a maximum of 10 entry-level, seasonal Survey Technician positions with negotiable spring/early summer 2021 start dates. These seasonal positions have flexible end dates with maximum performance periods of 6 months or 1,000 hours. Lead positions are available. Successful candidates will be assigned to one of three crews and receive training and experience in stream surveys, measuring habitat characteristics, and conducting fish population surveys. Fieldwork protocols have been established to address the ongoing pandemic. Each crew will work on their assigned project at a highly independent and self-sufficient level. Crews and responsibilities will be divided as:
AEUI (Aquatic Ecological Unit Inventory) Survey Crew: conduct stream habitat and population surveys using electrofishing techniques and survey equipment at a wide variety of sites across the Monongahela National Forest.
Rapid Assessment Crew: conduct watershed scale surveys of stream habitat and stream condition, stream crossings, road conditions, and other conditions affecting watershed condition in the Cranberry River and Deer Creek watersheds.
Candy Darter Monitoring Crew: conduct electrofishing, snorkel, and stream habitat surveys, collect and manage highly precise and accurate data on the endangered Candy Darter on the Monongahela National Forest.
These positions have varying work locations throughout the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Optional, shared crew housing will be available.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist with watershed survey activities including: stream morphology, habitat and fish population assessment.
• Navigate to remote stream sites, sometimes hiking several miles, carrying survey equipment, using GPS and topographic maps.
• Operate with no cellular service
• Maintain rigorous data collection and assessment protocols
• Identify and report any concerns to supervisor and coordinate with appropriate Forest Service personnel on a regular basis
• Wade streams and rivers in a variety of flow regimes and weather conditions.
• Maintain equipment and report maintenance/equipment needs to supervisor.
• Camp for one or more nights when survey sites are far from the base location
• Maintain a high level of integrity and professionalism while on the job.
• Additional duties in support of the watershed program may be required and include, but are not limited to: tree planting, restoring streams with large woody material, assisting road decommissioning activities, supporting culvert replacement projects, water temperature monitoring, and education/outreach.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.
• Demonstrable experience with physically demanding work.
• Ability to quickly acquire skills and learn new techniques.
• Willing to work long days in challenging environments.
• Possess strong communication skills.
• Working knowledge of watershed health and function.
• A valid driver’s license and the ability to pass background checks for employment.
• A strong passion for native fishes and the watersheds upon which they rely.
• Ability to work cooperatively in a team with varied skills, abilities and perspectives.
• Ability to think creatively, keep an open mind, and take constructive criticism.
• Patience to deal with bugs, snakes, mud, rain, cold, and hot weather.
• Ability to drive large, off-road vehicles.
Competitive candidates will have one or more of the following:
Knowledge of fish habitat
Exposure to aquatic habitat surveys
Fish ID skills
Snorkel survey experience
Laser level Survey experience
First Aid/CPR training
Experience navigating in remote locations
Experience living and working in teams