Local recruitment: Watershed Technician

Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers

Roseburg, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Position Description

Position Title: Watershed Technician

Location: Roseburg, OR

Transportation Information: If a work vehicle is unavailable, a personal vehicle may be utilized. Mileage reimbursable at the current State of Oregon rate.

Supervisor: This position reports to the PUR Restoration Coordinator

Salary: Hourly pay is $18.00-22.00 depending on education and experience.

Position Summary: The Watershed Technician (WT) assists the PUR Restoration and
Monitoring Coordinators in administering their programs. This position is 30-40 hours/week and sometimes requires traversing difficult terrain, often working outdoors in hazardous conditions around heavy equipment. The WT supports the restoration program by assisting in all phases of project planning, design, implementation, and monitoring; project layout, materials and staging, assisting in implementation, monitoring and reporting of completed projects. Additionally, the
WT assists the Monitoring Program staff conducting water quality monitoring data collection, preparing and reading samples and using various monitoring equipment. The WT’s duties also include engaging and inspecting contractors and other technical experts during project implementation, keeping detailed field notes during all phase of project work, and collecting and uploading project data.

General Responsibilities:

  • Instream and Riparian Restoration Projects o Assist with project development
  • Participate in project site visits with various landowners wanting PUR help with restoration or enhancement projects
  • Assist with project design drawings and layout, to include GIS mapping
  • Develop project materials lists and cost estimates

Facilitate project implementation

  • Receive and validate restoration materials at project locations
  • Work to implement native species planting, invasive species removal and livestock exclusion projects
  • Collect project data during implementation
  • Assist with project completion and monitoring reporting
  • Establish project photo points and take pre and post project photos
  • Water Quality Monitoring o Work with Monitoring Program staff
  • Prepare monitoring equipment to collect samples
  • Conduct monitoring sample runs throughout the watershed o Assist with macro invertebrate collection o Process samples and record data o Conduct data entry
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Associate’s degree with field experience in a natural resource field (biology, fisheries, hydrology, etc.) or equivalent work experience
  • Familiar with basic water chemistry
  • Ability to quickly acquire skills and new techniques
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to read maps and navigate on forest roads
  • Able to hike steep, difficult terrain, wade in streams, and comfortable working in and around water
  • Ability to lift up to 45lbs
  • Organized and effective at multi-tasking
  • Demonstrated experience in field data collection
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail when collecting and managing data
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to communicate well, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to interpret maps, charts and graphs

Highly desirable:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a natural resource science such as fisheries biology or forestry
  • Experience with in-stream boulder and wood placement for habitat enhancement
  • Experience in water quality monitoring
  • Experience in riparian weed control and native plantings
  • Arc-View GIS proficiency
  • Familiarity with local agency procedures
  • Knowledge of the Umpqua river system

Application Instructions:

Applications must include the following information:

  1. Cover letter (not to exceed 2 pages)
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references with names, phone number, and email address

Email your application packet to Kevin Keller at info@umpquarivers.org

For more information or questions:

Please contact call 541-673-5756 or email info@umpquarivers.org





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development