Local recruitment: Watershed Technician III

Yakama Nation

Toppenish, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Watershed Technician III

Fisheries Resource Management

Department of Natural Resources

Hourly Wage: $17.87/Regular/Full-Time

The Watershed Technician Ill performs a wide variety of technical tasks associated with all facets of implementing the Satus Creek Watershed Analysis/Restoration project. The scope of work performed includes assisting with the setup and maintenance of an intensive, long-term watershed monitoring network as well as preliminary projects. The incumbent builds and maintains stock fences, installs and monitors watershed monitoring instruments and performs fish habitat and steelhead spawning surveys. The Technician III participates in stream re-vegetation projects and traps Steelhead and Coho salmon smolts to provide data for biological research. The incumbent serves as a team lead and provides training and field supervision to less experienced technicians and laborers.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Build and maintain stock fences to control the movements of grazing animals and protect sensitive riparian
  • Installs and maintain a variety of watershed monitoring Inspect for damage, clear debris, and make any necessary field repairs.
  • Collect and record watershed monitoring data including water quality, discharge, surface erosion, stream channel morphology, climatological data, and vegetation
  • Perform fish habitat and steelhead spawning surveys to help determine population and habitat trends over
  • Provide technical support for a variety of re-vegetation projects designed to stabilize stream channels, reduce sedimentation, provide shade/cooling, and return native vegetation to the
  • Perform Steelhead and Coho salmon trapping collecting and recording biological data. Perform a variety of other technical tasks as required by the project.
  • Direct and monitor the work of less experienced technicians and Provide basic field training and ensure all work performed is in compliance with project standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and previous experience in natural resources field
  • Knowledge of Satus Creek Watershed and previous experience with watershed restoration
  • Ability to carry out field activities without direct
  • Ability to supervise and oversee the collection of field data neatly and accurately according to
  • Ability to set up work schedules and monitor the work of assigned technicians and
  • Ability to autonomously adjust to unforeseen and adverse field
  • Ability to learn and employ specific terminology and techniques in compiling field
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and read/comprehend pertinent literature dealing with field
  • Ability to use hand and power tools (e.g. shovel, chain saw).
  • Ability to install and maintain watershed monitoring equipment to measure temperature, precipitation and stream
  • Ability to use a computer to perform basic tasks including downloading and saving files, word processing, data entry and basic data analysis.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of a high school diploma, or equivalent, and at least two years of experience as a technician II or an equivalent level in natural resources management or the demonstrated ability to perform the above listed
  • Required to pass a pre-employment background
  • Physically able to perform demanding work in remote areas under a wide range of weather
  • May be required to work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays, and weekends as work dictates.
  • Work requires proximity to cold, deep or fast-moving
  • Must be able to work effectively in a multi-cultural
  • Required to pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s License with the ability to obtain a Yakama Nation Driving Permit.
  • Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.




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