JOB OPPORTUNITY

 



Job Openings April of 2013


BACKGROUND:  The Adopt-A-Stream Foundation (www.streamkeeper.org) is a private non-profit corporation.  Our mission is “to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds.”  That mission is carried out by: producing environmental education materials; conducting Streamkeeper Academy classes; providing local communities stream and wetland restoration technical assistance; and conducting natural resource inventories, research and surveys. 


Now, we are gearing up to complete several significant stream restoration projects between June and September and planning stream survey activities for the fall and winter months.  We are also in the process of developing the NW Stream Center an environmental learning facility with stream and wetland ecology & fish and wildlife habitat restoration as its central themes.


At this time, we are seeking two highly motivated team oriented individuals with excellent natural resource knowledge and skills to join our small professional staff.  We expect the selected candidates to begin work in May or June of 2013.  This positions are located in our Fish and Wildlife/Research Science Division - most of their time focuses on providing local communities with stream and wetland restoration technical assistance.


Occasional evening and weekend work is required.  Expect to spend up to half of your time working in salmon stream environments.  You can also expect that excellent job performance will lead to promotion opportunities. 


The following provides more details about these 40-hour/week positions that have a flexible work schedule option of every other Friday off to allow you more time off to enjoy the great outdoors.


ECOLOGIST I


Salary:  $26 - $31K DOQ.  Benefits equal to 12% of salary for Health/Retirement and paid vacation and sick leave provided upon successful completion of a probation period of up to six months.


Duties/Responsibilities: 

1.Public Relations: “Door to door” contact with private landowners to request permission to conduct survey work or to construct stream/wetland restoration projects.  Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with restoration projects

2.Stream and Wetland Restoration Labor: Work with a team of ecologist and technicians constructing fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects, e.g., culvert removal/replacement and bridge construction, installation of large log and stump fish habitat features, and stream bank/wetland vegetation restoration and invasive plant removal.  On occasion, you will also be involved in trapping and removing fish from stream restoration work sites.

3.Natural Resource Inventory: Conduct salmon habitat and non-point pollution surveys, enter field information into a computer database, and assist data analysis.  On occasion, you will be trapping and or electro-shocking fish and be required to identify species.

4.Project Management: Under the direction of a Senior Ecologist, assist in the management of stream restoration, environmental education, and research projects.  In addition, you will participate in drafting and tracking project budgets and maintaining positive relationships with clients.

5.Environmental Education:  Assist staff with promoting and conducting Streamkeeper Academy classes at the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation’s NW Stream Center.

6.Complete other duties as assigned.


Skills/Knowledge/Abilities: 


1.Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

2.Must have the natural resource knowledge and physical ability to conduct biological surveys and habitat restoration work in rough terrain in all weather conditions.  Experience identifying salmonid, and conducting fish surveys using traps, seines, and electro-shockers preferred.

3.Must maintain a positive attitude in all work environments, be able to adapt quickly to new situations and project environments, and have a desire to learn. 

4.Basic computer skills such as word processing, database, and spreadsheet skills are required. Skill in both PC and Apple computer systems preferred.

5.Must have the ability to learn and become proficient in the use of GIS software (Arc View) and computer aided drafting systems.

6. Organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and manage time efficiently are essential.

  1. 7.Thorough knowledge of NW stream and wetland ecology, and salmonids and their habitat is required. 

  2. 8.Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience conducting presentations to small audiences.  Must have the ability to communicate natural resource science in terms that a layperson can understand.

  3. 9.  Must have demonstrated experience conducting presentations to small audiences and have the ability to communicate natural resources science in terms that a layperson can understand.


Nice to have, but not required: NAUI or PADI diver certification


Physical Condition Requirements: The successful candidate must not only be smart, but be able to perform the following: 

  1. Carry a 45 pound backpack electro-shocker while conducting fish surveys walking up steep ravines.

  2. Wield a sledge hammer to pound rebar through logs to anchor them in stream beds.

  3. Hike through dense vegetation “in the muck.”

  4. Remove invasive vegetation like reed canary grass and blackberries and planting desirable riparian vegetation.

  5. Work outdoors in adverse weather condition.


Minimum Education/Experience: 

BS natural resources or related field and one year of experience related to the duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description above.  Must have experience using a variety of hand tools typically used in stream restoration work.  Experience using GPS and laser level preferred.  Relevant graduate school course work may be considered as a substitute for work experience.  Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license.


Promotion Opportunity:  Within one year, successful candidates may have an opportunity to be promoted to an Ecologist II position depending on performance and qualifications.


Application Procedures:

On unbound (no staples please) white paper, send a letter explaining why you are the best person for the position along with a resume detailing your experience and education, a copy of your college transcript(s), and a list of three references with reference telephone numbers and email addresses.  Applications must be received at the Adopt A Stream Foundation, 600 -128th Street SE Everett, WA 98208 by Monday April 22 at 4:30 pm.

STREAM & WETLAND RESTORATION TECHNICIAN I


Salary: $24-$29K DOQ.  Benefits equal to 12% of salary for Health/Retirement and paid vacation and sick leave provided upon successful completion of a probation period of up to six months.


Duties:


  1. 1.Functions as a member of a team constructing stream and wetland restoration projects and surveying physical and biological characteristics of streams. 

  2. 2.Enters field information into a computer database. 

  3. 3.Constructs a variety of stream and wetland restoration projects ranging from the installation of log grade control structures and fish ladders to stream bank restoration.

  4. 4.Supervises crews of volunteers and/or partner laborers.


Skills/Knowledge/Abilities:


  1. 1.  Must have good written and verbal communication skills and be literate in basic computer word-processing, spreadsheet and database software; skill in both IBM and MAC computer systems preferred. 

  2. 2.   Must maintain a positive attitude in all work environments, be able to adapt quickly to new situations and project environments, and have a desire to learn.

  3. 3.  Must have a knowledge of stream ecology and salmon habitat. 

  4. 4.  Must be proficient in the use of a wide range of hand tools and equipment that are typically used in construction work. 

  5. 5.  Knowledge of how to use stream-monitoring equipment is preferred.  

  6. 6.  Heavy Equipment experience preferred.


Nice to have, but not required: NAUI or PADI diver certification


Physical Condition Requirements: The successful candidate must not only be smart, but be able to perform the following: 

  1. Carry a 45 pound backpack electro-shocker while conducting fish surveys walking up steep ravines.

  2. Wield a sledge hammer to pound rebar through logs to anchor them in stream beds.

  3. Hike through dense vegetation “in the muck.”

  4. Remove invasive vegetation like reed canary grass and blackberries and planting desirable riparian vegetation.

  5. Work outdoors in adverse weather condition


Minimum Education/Experience: High School diploma and an AA Degree or equivalent in the natural resources sciences required.  Three years of exceptional work experience related to the job duties may substitute for the AA Degree.  Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license.


Promotion Opportunity:  Within one year, successful candidates may have an opportunity to be promoted to and Tech II position or an Ecologist I position depending on performance and qualifications (a four year degree in natural resource science field is required for promotion to the Ecologist I position).


APPLICATION PROCEDURES


On unbound (no staples please) white paper, send three (3) copies of a letter explaining why you are the best person for the position along with a resume detailing your experience and education, copies of your college transcript(s), and lists of three references with reference telephone numbers and email addresses.  Applications must be received at the Adopt A Stream Foundation, 600 -128th Street SE Everett, WA 98208 by Monday April 22 at 4:30 pm.