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Summer Job:  Stream Research Field Tech

Job summary:

Assess streams in the Snoqualmie Pass area and quantify use of stream crossing structures along I-90 by fish and aquatic macroinvertebrates, with a special emphasis on cutthroat trout. This work is part of a larger project, funded by WSDOT, to assess the effect of improvements to I-90 on the ecological connectivity of low-mobility species.

Educational Benefits: Skills gained are directly applicable to research and technical work in Biology. These include backpack electrofishing, handling and marking fish with passive integrated transponders (PIT tags), collecting samples for genetic analysis, collecting aquatic macroinvertebrate samples and identification to the Family level, measuring standard habitat characteristics.

Job Duties: Preparing and maintaining field equipment; extensive field work (fish and aquatic macroinvertebrate surveys, habitat measurements); lab work to process and identify macroinvertebrate samples. Assist other CWU I-90 projects (amphibians, mammals). Field days require some heavy lifting over difficult terrain along streams under a variety of weather conditions. Occasion nighttime snorkel surveys will be conducted.

Minimum Qualifications: One year of undergraduate work in Biology or a related major.
Experience in ecological field work (may be during courses) or research. Good team-work skills. Ability to carry field gear (up to 40 pounds) across rough terrain in streams. Cheerfully tolerate a broad range of conditions from extreme heat to cold, rainy days. Ability to swim and be comfortable snorkeling in shallow water at night.
Must be able to safely drive a 4WD truck on highways and unpaved roads.

Preferred Qualifications: Junior standing at CWU, with potential interest in developing an undergraduate research project. Experience handling live animals. Ability to use dichotomous keys.

Pay: $12-14 per hour, depending on experience

Weekly Schedule: Actual days/times worked with vary with weather, but typically are Monday- Thursday. Total number of hours worked during the summer will be about 200, depending on availability and research needs.  Some flexibility, but this position is not compatible with 6-week or 8-week summer courses.

For information, please contact:
Dr. Paul James
Dept. of Biological Sciences, Science I room 338H

To apply: email (1) cover letter that addresses your qualifications for the position and your research and career interests; and (2) resume or CV with names and phone numbers of 2 references to
Review of applications will begin May 31.


Fisheries Habitat Biologist II - Walla Walla Basin Fish Habitat Enhancement Project, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Position located at the William A. Grant, Water & Environment Center, V/alla Walla Communþ College, Walla Walla, WA.  
Full Time Position with Benefits Package // Exempt Status 
Opening Date:  March 20, 2019
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled (First Screening April 9, 2019)



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