Local recruitment: Vermont Field Technician

Trout Unlimited

Vermont, USA 🇺🇸


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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 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. 

Trout Unlimited recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.


The field technician will report directly to the project manager and will be responsible for working as part of a restoration team to conduct instream habitat improvement, streambank stabilization, and aquatic organism passage projects. The field manager will have a lead role within the field team, including coordinating project logistics in remote areas. Candidates should have experience as a sawyer, preferably with US Forest Service certification. Projects implemented by the position will provide multiple benefits to cold-water fisheries and local communities including flood resiliency, improvement of aquatic habitat and water quality, and protection of aquatic health and biodiversity. The position will be based in Vermont and include travel throughout New England.


  • Working onsite in remote areas for several days each week.
  • Safety – always Maintain a safe work environment for yourself and crew members.
  • Directionally fell trees in a streamside environment.
  • Team lift/carry felled trees to habitat installation areas.
  • Transport field equipment to and from project sites.
  • Operate hand-powered equipment (e.g. winches, axes, etc.).
  • Assist with topographic surveys of project sites.
  • Assist with stream habitat assessment and/or culvert assessment.
  • Monitoring and data collection at current and past project sites.
  • This is a supervisory position.
  • This position does not have budget management responsibilities.


  • A minimum of a B.S. in environmental science, fisheries biology, forestry, or related discipline or commensurate field experience. 
  • Ability to successfully work as part of a small team.
  • Knowledge of stream ecology and/or natural stream design techniques.
  • Saw experience, preferably with USFS, S-212, or Game of Logging certification.
  • Basic First Aid and CPR; Wilderness First Aid or similar preferred.
  • Familiarity with using & maintaining hand tools (e.g. axes, shovels, chainsaws, etc.).
  • Ability to hike & carry heavy gear (up to 50lbs.) through rough terrain.
  • Ability and willingness to travel. Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.


This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package. The position pay range is $40,000-$43,000.

Travel away from the team’s home base may be provided by or reimbursed by TU. It will be necessary for the chosen applicant to relocate to the team’s home base or be within driving distance to the location. Travel to and from home base will not be included in the reimbursement strategy.

Staff and leadership at TU understand that life outside of work is important to personal health, and we strive to create a healthy and family-friendly atmosphere. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package.

At TU, we value a diverse representation of staff, and we actively seek candidates for this position who come from communities that have been historically under-represented in conservation and those who have been most impacted by degraded rivers and streams. We are committed to building space for all people to participate in our work to care for trout and salmon and clean our shared waters. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and welcome you to read more about TU’s equity practice and values https://www.tu.org/equity/.


Review of applicants will begin in early March and will continue until positions are filled. The position will be required to follow strict TU COVID-19 protocol if the situation changes before or during the field season. 

Salary Description

$40,000 – $43,000





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