Aquatic Resources Field Technician (Multiple Vacancies)

Trout Unlimited

Various, , US


Trout Unlimited is a national organization with over 340,000 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  conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. 


DEPARTMENT:  Eastern Conservation

REPORTS TO: Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager, Jeremy Geist

POSITION TYPE/HOURS:   Seasonal, 20-30 hours/Week

Date:   February 25, 2020

Trout Unlimited (TU) is seeking an Aquatic Resources Field Technician to help fulfill the organizations’ mission to conserve, protect and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.  The technician will assist TU staff with projects aimed to restore aquatic connectivity, in-stream, and riparian habitat, and promote the long-term values associated with aquatic restoration.  Project duties will primarily include field data collection using a variety of field and survey equipment (e.g., tablet, laser level, total station, etc.). Other duties will/may include various biological assessments, assisting with on-the-ground implementation efforts (e.g., riparian plantings), and possible assistance in project planning, construction oversight, public engagement, and project monitoring.  The anticipated employment date range is April through October 2020. Project work areas will be located in Northern Michigan (Lower Peninsula) with some work in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


  • Conduct a variety of stream surveys including geomorphic assessments, aquatic organism passage assessments and biological assessments
  • Assist in project implementation and on-site construction
  • Attend project planning meetings as necessary
  • Assist in the planning, training and coordination of volunteer-based programs
  • Coordinate education and outreach efforts with project partners and general public
  • Engage the public on rivers in the Huron-Manistee National Forest
  • This is a non-supervisory position.
  • This position does not have budget management responsibilities.

*This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities.


  • Working towards or completed a B.S. in a field related to fisheries management, aquatic ecology, watershed management, geomorphology, or biological systems engineering.
  • Experience using field and surveyor’s equipment (e.g., laser level, total station, etc.).
  • Experience in biological assessments (e.g., macroinvertebrates, fish, habitat, etc.).
  • Experience in data entry using Microsoft Excel and Access.
  • Working knowledge of principles and practices of aquatic resource management.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Self-motivated and highly energetic, with excellent time-management skills.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software preferred.
  • Ability to work in rugged terrain often transporting heavier field equipment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.  Valid driver’s license and own vehicle required.
  • The position will require overnight travel and will work up to 20 hours per week.
  • Some weekend and evening work will be required.
  • Passion for protecting and restoring trout populations and their watersheds.


Please send a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Jeremy Geist, Trout Unlimited’s Great Lakes Stream Restoration Manager at [email protected].  Please insert the words ” Aquatic Resources Field Technician ” in the subject line of the message. No phone calls, please.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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