Water Quality Technician

Ducks Unlimited
Fort Collins, CO, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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An exciting opportunity is available to work with Ducks Unlimited (DU), the world leader in wetlands conservation. We are seeking a dynamic self-starter to fill a temporary intern/technician position interested in working with wetlands to address water quality issues in Northern Colorado. Working with several partners, DU is engaged in developing wetland designs to reduce nutrients, metals, and pathogens in several streams with the goal of helping meet permit goals or remove stream segments from impaired waters lists while delivering healthy habitats for waterfowl.


Duties/Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will assist DU staff to review and interpret water quality literature and develop databases used to support pollutant reduction capabilities of wetlands. The candidate will act as a liaison between DU and modelers at Colorado State University and other clients to communicate technical data of pollution reduction capacity of wetland designs. Technical information will be incorporated into pollution reduction models and reports for pollution trading programs and mitigation. Additional duties will include mapping and GIS analysis of landscapes for potentially restorable wetlands and report writing.


Experience/Skills: The successful candidate must have experience reviewing and summarizing scientific journals into useful formats for calculating pollution reduction capacities. An understanding of water quality models such as the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) and Agricultural Policy eXtender (APEX) as well as interfacing platforms such as eRAMS or Nutrient Tracking Tool (NTT) is strongly preferred. Required skills include proven GIS experience, expert Microsoft Excel capabilities, technical report writing, and strong written and oral communication skills. Preference will be placed on individuals with proven understanding of how to acquire water quality data and manipulate water quality data through several conversions although this can be taught.


Education:  Applicants holding a master’s degree or graduate student with relevant experience in wetland ecology, biogeochemistry, environmental planning, biology, natural resources, conservation or wetland related field is preferred, although bachelor’s degrees and upper-level undergraduates will be considered.


Compensation:  This is a temporary/seasonal position not to exceed 12-months (part time) or 9 months (full time). Hourly pay. Work schedule of 24-40 hours per week to be determined.  Benefits and housing are NOT provided.


Application:  Apply online at www.ducks.org/jobs and attach a resume and a cover letter addressing your interest in the position (e.g. qualifications, career goals, etc.) and preference/justification for part-time versus full-time employment, given any time-commitment constraints. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain open until filled. Hire will be contingent on a clean background check, driving record and drug screen. For further information regarding this position, or to request application materials, please contact: Greg Kernohan, Director of Conservation Programs, (970) 297-7275, .