Stream Barrier Technician

Keene Valley, NY, US

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The Stream Barrier Technician conducts road-stream crossing inventory and database management for priority sites in the Adirondacks, NY.

This is preferably a 12-week full time seasonal position. Exact dates are somewhat flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidate.


Road-stream crossings (i.e., culverts and bridges) can cause flooding and have negative impacts on aquatic systems and species. The Stream Barrier Technician is responsible for evaluating a suite of priority road-stream crossings in the Adirondack region of New York. S/he will field inventory at least 100 road-stream crossings and record survey observations.

The Stream Barrier Technician will be trained in culvert inventory methods. Inventory methods will follow protocols development by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative. S/he will be responsible for data collection, database population and maintenance, producing summary results, and general assistance to program staff as needed. The results of this work will contribute to a larger project in the Adirondacks seeking to identify priority barriers for retrofits or replacements.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job. In addition, there may be expectations for work outside of the local business unit.


  • Collects inventory data and maintains project database.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Resolves routine issues independently.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • May require long hours in isolated settings.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g., road-stream crossing inventory certification).
  • Valid drivers’ license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • College experience in natural resources, environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with field work; aquatic field work especially desired.
  • Experience with handheld digital data collection equipment (e.g., GPS unit, tablet).
  • Experience coordinating information from multiple sources into databases including data entry and report production.
  • Experience completing tasks both independently and as a member of a small team within assigned timeframes.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks. Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, web browsers).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interpret, follow, and replicate specific written and/or verbal instruction.
  • Enjoys working outdoors, sometimes in adverse weather conditions.


Dates and Compensation

  • May-August, 2017, 12 weeks total; exact dates are somewhat flexible depending on the availability of the successful candidate.
  • 35-hour work week, generally Mondays through Fridays. Some days, particularly those in remote field locations, will be longer than 7 hours.
  • Housing is not provided, but we are happy to assist the successful applicant in finding local housing.


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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Job Title: Stream Barrier Technician

Location: New York State

Job ID: 45254

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time