Idaho Aquatic Organism Passage Field Technicians (Seasonal; Boise, ID)
Boise, ID Science
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Trout Unlimited is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices. Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. 

Trout Unlimited (Boise, ID office) seeks two highly motivated individuals to conduct aquatic organism passage (AOP) surveys at road-stream crossings this summer in Idaho. The positions are: 1) an Aquatic Organisms Passage Field Crew Leader and 2) an Aquatic Organism Passage Intern (seasonal). Primary field duties will include: navigating to predetermined road stream crossings using maps and GPS navigation; collecting qualitative and quantitative data at road culverts, bridges, and other structures, including measuring culvert slope and streambed features using a survey level; collecting and entering data into mobile devices (e.g., Survey123 forms); and driving vehicles on poorly maintained roads. These positions may require hiking and driving in rugged terrain, are likely to involve multi-day trips including some camping for up to 5 days, and interaction with private landowners. A typical work week will be 40 hours per week (five 8-hr days, or four 10-hr days TBD). The positions are based out of Boise, Idaho where individuals will be expected to find their own housing.

Employment dates are from June 1 to August 31, 2022, although exact start and end dates are negotiable. Compensation will be from $13 to $17/hr depending on experience, plus $25/day per diem while working in the field.

  • Enrolled in or have completed a 4-year college degree program in a natural resources field
  • Experience working in stream environments
  • Ability to operate a survey level and mobile device
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work both independently and collaboratively, take initiative, 
  • Ability to supervise others (Crew Lead)
  • Ability to problem-solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission
  • Willingness to travel frequently, with trips lasting up to 5 days (4 nights), including camping
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle, and drive on unimproved roads
  • GIS software and ArcGIS Online experience a plus
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