Stream Habitat Assessment Technician, Bureau of Land Management – deadline extended

Multiple locations, United States 

Organization: BLM/Utah State National Aquatic Monitoring Center

Locations: Aquatic AIM technicians will be employed by the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) a joint partnership between the BLM and Utah State University located in Logan, Utah,  but will be based out of the following locations: Craig, Montrose, and Alamosa, Colorado; Rawlins, Wyoming; Moab, Salt Lake City, and Vernal, Utah; Boise, Idaho; Taos, New Mexico; Fairbanks, Alaska.

Type of opportunity: Temporary, seasonal



  • Sample streams and rivers on BLM land using the BLM’s aquatic AIM protocol
  • Measure stream attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone

Desired qualifications:

  • An excellent attitude, work ethic, and willingness to learn
  • Course work in natural resources/ecology or other scientific fields
  • Field experience collecting scientific data
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability to read, interpret and navigate using topographic maps
  • The ability to work in the field in harsh weather conditions, with little contact with the outside world for up to 8 days in a row
  • The ability to work closely and amicably with 1-2 other field technician(s) for several days at a time with little to no contact with other people.
  • The ability to interact and communicate professionally with multiple stakeholders including: landowners, recreationalists, hunters, anglers, and BLM employees
  • A high degree of comfort wading in all types of streams including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, mud, and large obstructions (log jams)
  • A willingness to work long days (10-12hrs)
  • Experience with primitive camping
  • Experience driving 4X4 vehicles on rough roads (or a willingness to learn)
  • A valid driver’s license

Additional qualifications desired (not required):

  • Backcountry travel experience and solid navigational skills
  • Wilderness first aid certification
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Coursework in stream ecology, hydrology, or geomorphology
  • Experience working in stream and river systems

Start and end dates: May 9 – September 30, 2016.  If arranged prior to hiring, end dates may be able accommodate academic calendars.

Salary/pay: $12 – $15 / hour, plus per diem while in the field

Link to more information: Download the job announcement.

How to apply:  Email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: In your cover letter, explain your field experience and knowledge of stream and river systems. Also, identify your top 3 desired duty locations (or state no preference).

Application deadline: March 7, 2016