Trout Unlimited (TU) is seeking a Lead Seasonal Technician to help fulfill the organization’s mission to bring together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams, so our children can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon. The Lead Seasonal Technician will assist TU staff with projects aimed at restoring aquatic connectivity and in-stream habitat, and promoting the long-term values associated with aquatic restoration in Northern Wisconsin. Project duties will primarily include overseeing the completion of road-stream crossing inventories to identify aquatic organism passage barriers, assisting TU staff with fishery and habitat surveys, monitoring recently completed aquatic connectivity project sites, and assisting TU and partners with in-stream habitat restoration projects. Additional duties may include assisting TU staff with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) movement studies through antenna maintenance and PIT tagging, in-stream temperature monitoring through temperature logger maintenance and retrieval, and other brook trout studies with project partners.
This position will require frequent overnight travel (camping in and around the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest) and will work five days a week, not to exceed 40 hours per week. The anticipated employment date range is May through October 2024, with potential for re-hire for future field seasons. The position is remote, but candidates must be able to travel to Northern Wisconsin for field work on a weekly basis and would ideally be located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Northern Wisconsin, or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This position is paid at a rate of $18 per hour and includes per diem pay while traveling and mileage reimbursement for reasonable travel to and from the “home base” (usually a campground) for the work week.
To apply please submit a cover letter and resume.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serve as the Lead Technician for TU Wisconsin’s seasonal crew (expected 1 full-time lead technician and 2 full-time seasonal technicians), ensuring that field work is completed in a safe and timely manner.
- Oversee and assist, as needed, two (2) Seasonal Technicians as they complete road-stream crossing inventories throughout Northern Wisconsin. This will include coordinating field logistics, regular data QA/QC, and regular check-ins with TU staff.
- Assist TU staff with a variety of field-based stream and aquatic surveys including fisheries assessments using backpack electrofishing, PIT tagging, habitat assessments, geomorphic surveys using a GPS and/or Total Station, and routine monitoring at completed aquatic connectivity project sites.
- Assist with data entry and database management, as well as project reporting.
- Assist with field gear set up and maintenance and data retrieval from equipment such as temperature loggers and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) receivers.
- Partner with regional organizations and government agencies to improve coldwater and riparian habitat by assisting with field projects, as needed.
- Coordinate education and outreach efforts with project partners and?the public.
This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.
- Bachelor of Science degree in a field related to fisheries management, aquatic ecology, watershed management, geomorphology, or biological sciences.
- A working knowledge of principles and practices of fisheries and aquatic resource management.
- Demonstrated experience with safe and responsible field operations.
- Outstanding interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as a team.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, experience with Esri Applications (Survey123, Esri Field Maps, etc.) preferred.
- Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
- Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
- Willingness to travel (frequently overnight) and capable of hiking and carrying equipment in difficult terrain and working in inclement conditions and remote locations.?
- Experience and comfort camping in remote locations with limited cell reception.
- Experience with fisheries survey techniques and equipment preferred.
- Experience with GPS, Total Station, or other survey equipment or methods preferred.
- Valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle.
- Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.
- Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills.