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Stream Habitat Assessment Technician

Bureau of Land Management/Utah State University

Logan ,  Utah

The National Aquatic Monitoring Center is seeking several stream habitat assessment technicians 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 land management decisions. More information about AIM and AIM implementation can be found at

Technicians will sample streams and rivers on BLM-managed land using the BLM’s AIM protocol for rivers and streams. Data collection involves measuring a variety of stream 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 8 days in a row. Some streams will be near a road while others may require hiking several miles to access. Applicants should be prepared to encounter strenuous working conditions including: hiking 5 to 6 miles off trail while 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.

Crews will consist of 2-3 people depending on the location, thus applicants must have the ability to work and communicate effectively in a small group setting. Each crew will have a designated crew lead with 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 field work experience as well as leadership skills and may not be chosen until the end of training.

Pay is $12-15 per hour depending on experience and/or education, plus per diem while in the field. Positions will begin the week of May 8th and extend to through the end of September. If arranged prior to hiring, end dates may be able accommodate academic calendars.


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, UT (, but will be based out of the following locations: Logan, UT; Moab, UT; Rock Springs, Kemmerer, or Pinedale WY; Salmon, ID; Wenatchee, WA

Qualified applicants must have:

  • 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
  • River rafting experience
  • Comfortable working from a boat in swift-moving water

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, open the Stream Habitat Assessment Technician Position, Job ID 90815, and upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references. In your cover letter, explain your field experience and knowledge of stream and river systems. Also, identify your desired duty locations (or state no preference). Applications are due by January 31st. For more information contact Trip Armstrong 

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