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Salary– $18/hr

This position requires physical strength and stamina and the ability to work in inclement weather conditions. The technician will assist with on-the-ground salmon habitat restoration work to increase quality and availability of habitat for ESA-listed salmonids (Chinook, coho, chum, steelhead) while learning about salmonid habitat requirements, ecological restoration strategies, fundamentals of river and stream restoration, and native and invasive plant species.  All of this while experiencing some beautiful and often remote stretches of river across Southwest Washington!

The technician’s main responsibilities will be to assist LCFEG staff with fish habitat construction.  Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Operating and maintaining gas-powered and pneumatic hand tools and small engine machinery (e.g., weed whackers, chainsaws, augers, rock and wood drills, etc.);
  • Assisting with installation of wood structures in streams;
  • Working on riparian restoration including preparing, planting, monitoring, and maintaining project sites;
  • Conducting habitat monitoring and assessment;
  • Assisting with nutrient enhancement activities (dependent on funding and whether the position is extended);
  • Gaining valuable knowledge, experience, and job skills such as construction logistics, use of a variety of tools and equipment, principles of stream restoration, ecology of salmon and aquatic systems, and plant identification.

A typical work day will start at 7:00 am and can vary from 8-10 hours depending on workload.  Total hours will not exceed 40 per week and no weekend work is anticipated.  To accommodate class schedules or other needs the technician might have, we can be flexible with total weekly hours (minimum of 30 hours) and days worked as long as we can still accomplish weekly goals and project deadlines.  Due to the limited window during which we’re permitted to conduct instream work, we cannot approve extended time off (i.e., more than a day or two) from late July to mid-September. It is important that the technician have reliable transportation and be able to arrive on time to start work each day.

Our ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Has a valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and reliable transportation;
  • Is in good physical condition, comfortable working around water, and capable of navigating slippery and uneven terrain on a daily basis;
  • Has experience driving trucks in various road conditions and using gas-powered, pneumatic, and manual construction tools;
  • Has a conservation ethic and a strong interest in fisheries conservation, restoration ecology, or a similar field;
  • Is a team player with a positive, “can do” attitude and the perseverance to work through challenges;
  • Has demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with a variety of individuals;
  • Can follow a work plan but is adept at problem solving and capable of working independently.

Compensation: $18/hr (30-40 hrs/week) plus paid holidays and sick leave.