American Conservation Experience, a nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Pacfish Infish Biological Opinion (PIBO) Monitoring Program, is seeking six Wilderness Aquatic Technician Members.
For more information about ACE, please visit: www.usaconservation.org.
Start Date: May 20th, 2024
Estimated End Date: October 5th, 2024
Location Details/Description: Selected applicants will be placed in one of the three following locations
- John Day, OR
- Leadore, ID
- St. Regis, MT
Members will report to one of three remote duty stations in ID, OR, or MT. Field projects will take place in various locations on Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and National Park Service (NPS) lands in OR and WA (east of the Cascade Mountains), ID, MT, and northern NV.
For more information about the PacFish Infish Biology Opinion (PIBO) monitoring program, please click here.
The PIBO Monitoring Program is seeking to fill multiple positions to conduct riparian habitat and vegetation monitoring on streams located in the Columbia and Missouri river basins. These monitoring efforts are used to help guide management on federal lands to conserve bull trout and anadromous fishes. The PIBO program collects data on approximately 450 streams each year.
This is a field-based job. Members will spend 95% of their time living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions.
In this field position, the members will work with Forest Service Fish Biologists and Biological Technicians to monitor watershed conditions on USFS, BLM, and NPS lands. This is accomplished by conducting riparian vegetation surveys including green-line and riparian sampling transects, species-specific ground cover estimation, plant identification, repeating long-term photo points, identifying native and invasive species, and potentially measuring stream gradient or collecting environmental DNA (eDNA). Members will make extensive use of regional dichotomous keys for plant identification. Members will work on a crew with two to three Biological Technicians and/or members. Members may also have the opportunity to deploy/retrieve in-stream temperature sensors in watersheds and assist with extensive planning and logistics which involves mapping routes, finding campsites, navigating to remote sites and on regular backpacking trips.
Highly qualified applicants will have course work or experience in using dichotomous keys for plant identification and coursework in botany. This is a field-based job. Members will spend 95% of their time living, hiking, and working in remote areas with uneven terrain and inclement weather conditions.
Crews will work 8 consecutive 10-hour days (Tuesday to Tuesday) to conduct surveys, followed by 6 days off. During this time crews will camp in rustic dispersed campsites (no bathrooms or running water) in remote areas. Many sites will require backpacking into watersheds to set up a remote camp where surveys will be conducted. Field surveys will involve extensive hiking and bushwhacking off-trail on steep slopes to reach survey sites in streams. Hiking to sites may involve hiking up to 10 miles in a day. Once at the stream, members will work in cold water, walk on uneven surfaces, and climb over logs while carrying field equipment. Members can expect to work in variable weather conditions including cold, rain and 90+ degree days throughout the summer and may even see some snow at the end of the season. This is a physically demanding position.
While working, members will be provided with camping gear including tents and cooking gear. Members will be responsible for providing their own sleeping bag, rain gear, and other personal gear. Wading boots and waders will be provided. Members will be responsible for buying their own food prior to leaving for field stints.
This individual placement is meant to facilitate professional development and promotes exposure to land management agencies and networking with professionals. This could include gaining experience in different conservation fields and shadowing different work groups.
For further information on the position, please review this Powerpoint. It provides an in depth look into the day to day of the position.
Schedule: The member should anticipate serving eight 10-hr days for each work hitch (6 subsequent days off), with potential to work holidays.
Living Allowance: The ACE Member is expected to contribute ~40 hours/week and will receive a living allowance of $660/week, dispersed bi-weekly, and a field stipend of $33/day while in the field for food and incidentals.
Housing: Housing is the responsibility of the member and not provided by ACE or PIBO. Government housing is not available. Members will camp during their 8 days while conducting field surveys.
Provided Training/Orientation: ACE members will receive position specific training and an orientation outlining ACE policies and procedures, clear guidance on prohibited activities, and networks for support. Members will receive four weeks of training prior to heading out into the field to conduct surveys including technical aspects of completing PIBO surveys and comprehensive safety training. You will learn to use data tablets, survey equipment, GPS units, and satellite communication devices.