Freshwater Monitoring Technician

Chester, NJ, United States 🇺🇸

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The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Nature Conservancy is working with key partners to restore health and function to tributaries of the Delaware River, including the Paulins Kill, Lopatcong Creek, and Musconetcong River. As a measure of the success of these projects it will be necessary to conduct water quality and biological monitoring throughout the project area. This position will report directly to the Paulins Kill Restoration Coordinator and will assist with in-stream monitoring and floodplain restoration projects. The opportunity to participate in science-based monitoring efforts as well as hands-on management and restoration activities gives this position an attractive blend of science and stewardship responsibilities. The Technician will be exposed to a range of other opportunities during the course of the position duration, which may include learning about conservation of large landscapes, applying GIS skills to freshwater conservation issues, and gaining exposure to a global conservation organization. The position will be based at The Nature Conservancy’s New Jersey Field Office, located in Chester, New Jersey. This is a 9-month, paid position for 35 hours/week at $18 per hour without housing. Position starts March 6th, 2017.


The Freshwater Monitoring Technician participates in science based surveys; habitat restoration and assists in the implementation of restoration projects. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Conducts standardized scientific surveys including the collection of water quality and stream benthic macroinvertebrate samples, and conducts standardized visual surveys to assess the physical condition of stream reaches.
  • Assists with deployment, maintenance, and data management of HOBO Onset and OTT Hydrolab continuous in-stream monitors.
  • Assists with on-site implementation of projects including: tree planting, operating hand tools and chainsaws, removing exotic species, and planting native species
  • Participates in landowner outreach efforts and community engagement activities
  • Communicates regularly with supervisor and stewardship staff regarding site information


  • Maintains project records and detailed datasheets.
  • May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.
  • Data entry and management.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
  • Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite software and Web browsers.
  • Experience working and communicating with a diverse group of people
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Professional experience working with Onset HOBO logger and OTT Hydrolab or similar software, as well as GPS technology.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about freshwater ecosystems and macroinvertebrates.
  • Experience with Stream Rapid Bioassessment Protocols
  • Proficient with water quality instruments (e.g. YSI probes) and the collection and preservation of samples for laboratory analysis
  • Working knowledge of local flora and fauna with emphasis on invasive species preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and in an organized fashion with very strong attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills, whether in writing, in person, or on the telephone.
  • Ability to work alone or in a team in the field, under a variety of weather conditions


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Title: Freshwater Monitoring Technician

Location: New Jersey

Job ID: 45074

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time