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Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project Beaver Restoration Technician, Summer 2018, 2 postions open

Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project Beaver Restoration Technician

About Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a respected staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Trout Unlimited’s Washington Water Project (TU-WWP) implements community-based restoration projects, provides water rights expertise, and leads science and policy initiatives on river restoration issues.

Position Summary
TU-WWP is initiating a program to relocate ‘nuisance’ beavers to suitable locations in the Wenatchee River Basin and seeks seasonal technicians to support program efforts. Beaver Restoration Technicians will be responsible for helping implement the beaver relocation program. Two positions are available: Position #1 will run approximately May-September and Position #2 will run approximately June-August, with some flexibility depending on availability of the successful applicants. The primary work schedule will be Monday-Friday, but will vary depending on program activities and will occasionally include weekends. Hours are anticipated at 20-40 per week, with peak hours occurring during the June-August trapping and relocation season. Positions will be based out of the TU-WWP office in Wenatchee, WA, and report directly to Cody Gillin.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Safely trap, handle, and release live beaver
• Collect biological information and implant captured beaver with PIT tags
• Observe, feed, and care for captured beaver at holding facilities in Leavenworth, WA
• Maintain clean and functional beaver holding facilities and trapping equipment
• Evaluate potential relocation sites for suitability using established protocols
• Prepare selected sites for beaver relocations
• Interact with and educate the public about beaver ecology and the link between beavers, salmonids, and functioning aquatic ecosystems
• Work cooperatively with biologists, volunteers, resource managers, and private landowners
• Deploy monitoring equipment such as motion cameras and data loggers
• Use ArcGIS software and GPS units for site selection, identification, and analysis
• Record, enter, and compile data; prepare project reports
• Perform other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications
• Field experience in fisheries, wildlife, or other natural resources discipline (gained through education and/or employment)
• Ability to work with people of different ages and backgrounds
• Ability to handle conflict and contentious situations
• Ability to problem-solve and think creatively to achieve a conservation mission
• Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and willingness to drive unimproved roads required
• Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds and walk several miles on/off trail
• Enthusiasm for natural resources conservation
• Experience using Microsoft Office applications, ArcGIS software, and GPS units
Preferred Qualifications
• Animal trapping and handling
• Operation of power tools such as hand saws and drills
• Construction and repair of small PVC water systems

Working Conditions
Beaver trapping will occur in parks, agricultural settings, and on both public and private properties. Beaver holding and acclimation will occur in a fish hatchery setting. Beaver relocations will occur in headwater tributaries within public and/or private forest and range lands. Applicants will work in streams, thick brush, heat/cold, and may be exposed to biting insects, thorny plants, and other challenging field conditions. Good humor and a positive attitude are encouraged.

Each position will pay $15 hourly. Mileage will be reimbursed at the 2018 federal rate of $0.545/mile but personal vehicle is required. These positions are not eligible for benefits.

How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for two references to Cody Gillin, TU-WWP Project Manager, at Please indicate your anticipated availability. Positions open until filled.

Funding for the position is dependent on federal, state, and private sources. Successful applicants may be invited back for subsequent seasons depending on availability of funding.
TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.
TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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