Stream Survey Crew Leads, Great Basin Institute

Reno, NV

Position Title: Stream Survey Crew Leads

Organization: Great Basin Institute

Location: Reno, NV

Position Overview: Great Basin Institute (GBI) is recruiting Stream Survey Crew Leads to work with GBI and USGS staff. Each Field Lead will coordinate a field crew (one Lead will supervise one Technician) to collect streams data with the FLOwPER field form to provide standardized data collection to map the presence of flow in streams, and upload them into an ArcGIS database. This data can be used for multiple purposes, such as archiving where flowing water is present in forest planning units, informing modeling efforts of streamflow permanence, and providing information needed to update stream classifications across any spatial extent. Field crews will also collect road stream crossings (ROADXStr) observations using the ROADXStr app. Road networks are a constant presence of human infrastructure in Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Maintaining and inventorying stream-road crossings is extremely important due to how impactful road networks are on stream systems. During field work, car camping for 7 night “hitches” in remote locations will typically be required.


  • Maintaining safety awareness and practices
  • Collecting data to characterize streamflow
  • Entering data into FLOwPER and ROADXStr applications
  • Locating survey sites using GPS and topographic maps
  • Navigating rough backcountry roads with 4WD vehicles
  • Hiking off trail and over rough terrain
  • Working with a small team to complete protocols
  • Field camping for 8-day stints will be required.
  • Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff
  • Participation in GBI and agency trainings
  • Employing extensive QA/ QC checks


  • Leadership experience, including supervising field crews and managing projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Resources, or other relative Natural Resource degree

Start/End Dates: June 5 – September 29

Salary/Pay: $23 per hour

How to Apply: For more information and to apply, please visit the Great Basin Institutes website.