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River Assessment Boating Crew Lead

Bureau of Land Management/Utah State University

Logan ,  Utah

The National Aquatic Monitoring Center is seeking a boating crew lead to assist in the implementation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Aquatic Monitoring Framework (NAMF) for Assessment, Inventory, Monitoring (AIM) of lotic ecosystems. AIM seeks to standardize the collection of quantitative data that can be used at multiple scales to assist the BLM in making resource management decisions. More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at

At the beginning of the season, the boating crew lead will evaluate field site accessibility using aerial imagery and topographic maps, and plan field trips. The crew lead will be responsible for navigating rivers in a raft and maintaining crew safety throughout sampling.  The crew will sample rivers on BLM-managed lands using the BLM’s AIM protocol for rivers and streams. Data collection involves measuring a variety of attributes including water chemistry and instream habitat, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates, and conducting ocular estimates in the riparian zone. 

Successful applicants will be required to work and camp in the field for up to 12 days in a row. Some rivers will be near a road while others may be difficult to access. Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions including: carrying a heavy pack, bushwhacking, working in the water and in all types of weather, and primitive camping without access to bathrooms or running water. Camping gear including tent, sleeping pad, and camp kitchen items will be provided.

The crew will consist of 3 people, thus applicants must have the ability to work and communicate effectively in a small group setting. The crew lead will have additional responsibilities such as submitting data, planning field work, and interacting with landowners and natural resource specialists to coordinate sampling efforts. Crew leaders should have prior boating experience as well as leadership skills.

Pay is $14-16 per hour depending on experience and/or education, plus per diem while in the field. The position will begin May 1st and extend through the end of September. 


Aquatic AIM boating crew lead will be employed by the National Aquatic Monitoring Center (NAMC) a joint partnership between the BLM and Utah State University located in Logan, UT ( However, the crew will travel extensively throughout the west during the field season.

Qualified applicants must have:

  • 2 seasons of experience guiding oar-rigged whitewater rafts
  • Experience planning and executing raft trip logistics
  • Swiftwater rescue training
  • Skills to safely drive a truck and trailer, including the ability to efficiently back and turn around
  • Willingness to run short shuttles with one vehicle and a bicycle
  • The ability to interpret and navigate using topographic maps
  • Willingness to work long days (10-12 hours) in the field
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • A desire to learn about and support the BLM’s AIM strategy
  • A positive and mature attitude
  • A strong work ethic and organizational skills

Additional desired qualifications:

  • Experience using Google Earth and ArcMap
  • Strong interest in river ecology and physical processes in riverine environments
  • B.S. or extensive coursework in biology, ecology, hydrology, environmental science, or geomorphology

Application instructions:

Apply at Career AGGIE: Applicants will first have to register for a community member account and wait for account activation before continuing the application process. Once approved, log-in and open the Boating Crew Lead Position, Job ID 90862, and upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references. In your cover letter, explain your boating experience and knowledge of stream and river systems. Applications are due January 31st. For more information contact Robin Jones at or by calling 970-901-1903.

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