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Conservation Assistant- Bull Trout Task Force

Mt. Adams Institute

Ellensburg ,  Washington

The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, in partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps, is now offering a full-time, paid internship. 

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Project Location:  413 N. Main Street, Suite K, Ellensburg, WA

Position Summary:

In Partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, we are seeking a Conservation Assistant for the summer season who is passionate about our mission and interested in sharing this passion with others.  The Conservation Assistant’s work will be focused on maintaining passage for bull trout and educating river users about bull trout conservation.  The Conservation Assistant will also have the opportunity to assist with a variety of other projects, including education events with public schools, monitoring streams, and assisting our field crew with salmon recovery projects. 

The Conservation Assistant will serve as part of a two to three person team called the Bull Trout Task Force (BTTF)  The BTTF will survey bull trout spawning streams for small user-built rock dams and remove those dams by hand to maintain passage for bull trout.  The BTTF also provides campground presentations on bull trout conservation and educates river users through conversations and posting signs.  There may be opportunities toward the later part of the field season for the Conservation Assistant to serve as the BTTF lead worker. 

The Conservation Assistant will assist with education events, work directly with our field crew on salmon recovery projects, assist with a stream cleanup project, and collect stream monitoring data.  We hope to provide a number of small training opportunities, including occasionally attending a meeting with our Yakima Basin Program Director, attending trainings with our interns, or attending the Yakima Basin Science and Management Conference.    

The Conservation Assistant will likely work four days per week, ten hours per day.  From mid-May to mid-June and from mid-September to the end of the term, this work is likely to be Monday through Thursday.  However, from mid-June to early September, the Conservation Assistant will serve as part of the Bull Trout Task Force, which works a schedule of Friday through Monday. 

General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

  • Work as part of the Bull Trout Task Force team to survey for and remove rock dams on tributaries to the Yakima River.
  • Educate the recreating public through one-on-one and small group conversations about bull trout conservation.
  • Assist with or lead campground presentations.
  • Post signs.
  • Will operate a Mid-Columbia Fisheries vehicle in a variety of settings, including on forest roads.
  • Assist Mid-Columbia Fisheries staff with educational events by helping lead school children in outdoor education experiences.
  • Stream monitoring through collection of data.
  • Stream clean-ups or restoration projects.
  • Stewardship of restoration projects, such as irrigating or weeding project sites.
  • Attend Mid-Columbia Fisheries’ safety meetings.
  • In the fall, the Conservation Assistant may compile data from summer work.
  • Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
  • Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Wear an MAI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
  • Member will not engage in prohibited AmeriCorps activities as outlined in the member handbook and agreement. Will adhere to Mid-Columbia Fisheries’ personnel policy where applicable.

Position Requirements:

  • Must be passionate about Mid-Columbia Fisheries’ mission.
  • Must be dependable, self-motivated, and punctual, and have a flexible attitude regarding changes in schedule or daily work plan.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Must be comfortable working in remote areas (without cell phone coverage).
  • Must come to work prepared to work, with a good attitude and appropriate clothing for field work including hiking shoes or boots, jeans or similar long pants (of suitable quality for interacting with the recreating public), rain gear if needed, etc.
  • Communicate respectfully and clearly with a diversity of people, including the public, co-workers, supervisor, volunteers, interns, and others.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding manual labor outdoors in a forest and stream environment, including difficult and hazardous terrain and all types of weather. Work includes repetitive lifting and stooping, as well as walking over uneven terrain up to four miles per day.  
  • Comfortable working around water and able to follow directions and policies regarding safety.
  • Worker may also occasionally work around power tools and must be able to follow directions and policies regarding safety.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.
  • 21-30 years of age, at beginning of service term.
  • S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through MAI and/or Project Sponsor Agency.
  • Selection, placement and retention are contingent upon passing the National Sex Offender Public Register and a national FBI fingerprint check. Position does have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
  • AmeriCorps Members are eligible to serve up to four terms of service and receive AmeriCorps Education awards for each term of service up to the value of two full time education awards only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform MAI of any previous service in an AmeriCorps program, regardless of whether or not they completed the previous term(s) of service. MAI is not liable for providing an Education Award to a member if they are not eligible under the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps guidelines.

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Benefits include:
-$1,100 Monthly Living Allowance
-$2,887 Education Award
-Networking Opportunities

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