Local recruitment: Connecticut Water Quality Monitoring Assistant

Connecticut River Conservancy

Hartford, CT, USA 🇺🇸

Position Overview:
Part-time position: 16 hours/week
Position Classification: Seasonal
Date Range: 4/1 – 10/31/2023
Location: Based in Hartford, CT with fieldwork throughout CT
Health Benefit Eligible: No
Retirement Benefit Eligible: Yes
Supervisor: River Steward in Connecticut
Supervisory: Not Eligible
Pay: $18/hour

Position Description:
Seasonal assistant to the River Steward in Connecticut for the Connecticut River Conservancy water quality monitoring programs taking place in Connecticut. Assistant will lead CRC’s participation in Save the Sound’s Unified Water Study (https://www.savethesound.org/water-monitoring-ecological-health) from May through October, twice a month and day of week is flexible depending on boat availability but sampling occurs at sunrise. Assistant will also coordinate bacteria monitoring program June through August, weekly on Wednesdays. Assistant will also work closely with and with direction from the Water Quality Program Manager. Opportunity to assist with Source to Sea cleanup in the fall.

Field work will be in person, other work can be done remotely or at the Hartford office. Start date is flexible depending on official UWS training dates (TBD). This position requires access to a car and mileage accrued while working will be reimbursed at the IRS rate.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The Connecticut Seasonal Water Quality Assistant will be responsible for leading CRC’s participation in UWS. This includes:

Coordinating with boat captain and other CRC staff to assist with monitoring
Using a sonde muti-probe to sample from boat (training provided)
Pre- and post-trip probe calibration (training provided)
Preparing samples to be mailed
Input and management of field and laboratory data

The Assistant is also responsible for coordinating the bacteria monitoring program which includes:

Preparing and providing supplies to volunteers
Training volunteers (materials and curriculum provided)
Collecting samples (training provided)
Picking up samples and transporting to the lab
Verifying completeness of field sheets and maintaining chain of custody
Assisting with lab analysis (training provided)
Input and management of field and laboratory data

Required Skills:

Comfort being on a boat and working early in the morning
Experience with basic lab and field procedures
Attention to detail and good organizational skills
Ability to follow complex written procedures
Experience coordinating volunteers or teaching

Application Instructions:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF using the form below. Interviews will take place during the second week of March and applicants will be notified 1-2 weeks later.
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2023

About Connecticut River Conservancy
The Connecticut River Conservancy aims to be the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. We collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. We bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.  Our organizational values are centered around: Inclusion, Collaboration, Resilience, and Stewardship .

CRC is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage members of communities excluded from the environmental field to apply, and we value the insights, knowledge, and perspective that a diverse staff bring to our organization and work.

COVID Policy and Benefits Package

The Connecticut River Conservancy requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. We offer an employer supported retirement plan for employees who expect to earn at least $5000 in the calendar year. Please reach out with any questions about our current COVID-19 safety procedures and/or benefits packages.




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