Watershed & Fisheries Outreach Technician

Monongahela National Forest - AFHA AmeriCorps Bartow, West Virginia
Deadline 07/31/2018
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

Do you love to teach the public of the beauty and importance of brook trout, stream ecology, colorful darters, and watershed health & restoration?  Come serve a year with the Monongahela National Forest Watershed team, focusing on outreach and education, with opportunities to be involved with habitat restoration and stream monitoring.

A key component of this position will be building upon an established snorkel outreach program to engage youth with stream ecology, fisheries, and watershed health. Additional education and outreach activities will be abundant and include working with school groups, summer camps, Forest Service events, envirothons, and other public presentations. Planning, making contacts, and orchestrating these events is a critical component of a successful candidate and opportunities to develop social media and manage volunteers are plentiful.

Restoration and monitoring projects to which the member will be exposed, and potentially involved in, include stream habitat restoration, riparian tree planting, aquatic organism passage improvement (culvert replacement) and road decommissioning to restore watershed hydrology, as well as various monitoring and research activities. Data entry and GIS mapping are also likely components of the position.

Based in rural Bartow, WV, this position is looking for a self-starting individual with a watershed, fisheries, or conservation degree, willing to get involved in the community and restore the landscape at the same time. Low-cost housing may be available.

The preferred candidate will have some combination of the following:

  • Interest in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and watershed protection
  • Desire to spread this interest to the public, especially youth
  • Ability to work as a productive member of a team, as well as independently
  • Ability to plan and be proactive about organizing multiple task and requests
  • Collect and compile neat and accurate data
  • Dedication to serving the community through education and outreach
  • Ability to work long days, with odd hours, under strenuous field conditions
  • GIS experience/GPS handheld experience
  • Fisheries/aquatic fieldwork experience
  • Fisheries, aquatic ecology, and/or watershed educational background
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with groups, especially children, preferred
  • Experience with data management, entry, and/or analysis


Submit cover letter, resume, and at least 2 professional references to Chad Landress, Fisheries Biologist, at chadmlandress@fs.fed.us

Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be selected between July 15 and August 15, 2018.

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.