Local recruitment: Stream Habitat Technician (Seasonal)

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 stream habitat technician will report directly to the project coordinator and will be responsible for working on a restoration team to conduct instream habitat improvement, streambank stabilization, and aquatic organism passage projects. Technicians will support the team sawyer(s) in safely felling and moving trees for habitat projects, collect data in the field, and document project work. Work requires weekly travel (paid by TU) to remote project areas. 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. Multiple positions will be filled; the team will be based in Vermont with travel throughout New England during the 2023 field season. Pay will be $13-17/hr based on qualifications; travel will be reimbursed.


  • Working onsite in remote areas for several days each week.
  • Safety – Maintain a safe work environment for yourself and crew members at all times.
  • Assisting team sawyer with safe felling of trees.
  • Team lift/carrying felled trees to habitat improvement areas.
  • Transport of field equipment to and from project sites.
  • Operation of hand-powered equipment (e.g. winches, axes, etc.).
  • Assisting with topographic surveys of project sites.
  • Assisting with stream habitat assessment and/or culvert assessment.
  • Monitoring and data collection at current and past project sites.
  • This is a non-supervisory position.
  • This position does not have budget management responsibilities.



  • A degree, or pursuing a degree, in environmental science or related field or commensurate experience.
  • Ability to work with others on a small team.
  • Knowledge of natural stream design techniques.
  • CPR and First Aid training.
  • Experience in the field during tree felling and/or trail building.
  • Saw experience or sawyer training and certification a plus
  • 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.

Salary Description

$13-$17 Hour





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