Battenkill Watershed Field Technician

Trout Unlimited
Battenkill Watershed, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.


Trout Unlimited is looking for an energetic, hardworking and motivated seasonal field technician to participate in a variety of tasks related to our conservation and restoration projects in the Battenkill River watershed in NY and VT. The position will report directly to the Restoration Manager for New York and Connecticut and will be based in the Battenkill Watershed. The focus of the work will be to gather existing condition data to help determine conservation priorities in the watershed. In addition, the Field Technician will develop an outreach strategy for implementation of restoration priorities by developing partners and landowner support. The Battenkill Field Technician should be experienced in biological field work and stream assessments and comfortable working in remote locations, performing physically challenging work.

  • Help assess existing watershed conditions through desktop aerial photography review, existing data gathering, and use of existing ecological prioritization models.
  • Participate in and collect data on activities such as temperature monitoring, culvert assessments, and instream habitat surveys.
  • Ensure proper data collection, sampling and safety protocols are followed.
  • Outreach to current and potential partners to include counties and towns within the watershed.
  • Provide data entry and database management, as well as prepare maps and written reports.
  • Attend meetings of TU chapters, watershed groups, and other partnering groups as needed.
  • Provide assistance to other program staff as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Experience with biological field work to include electrofishing, stream surveys, aquatic barrier surveys, and planting.
  • Willingness to travel and be capable of hiking and carrying heavy equipment in difficult terrain and working in inclement conditions and remote locations.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and GIS mapping programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with field sampling gear and have ability to troubleshoot in the field.
  • A valid driver’s license and vehicle.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Tracy Brown at no later than Friday, April 19, 2017. Include “NY Battenkill Field Technician” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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