The Research and Monitoring Technician will aid in the development and implementation of the Palouse Watershed Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) and Palouse Conservation District (PCD) monitoring program. Reports to the Palouse Conservation District Research and Monitoring Coordinator. Requires excellent communication skills in working with private landowners in a non-regulatory environment. The position requires basic knowledge of environmental data collection and analysis for efficient and effective water quality, soil health, and habitat monitoring programs.
Must be able to hike for extended periods and carry equipment weighting over 40 lbs. through rough terrain, at times in inclement weather conditions. Requirements: B.S. in natural resources or closely related field (preferred) and a valid driver’s license. Full-Time, At-Will, Non-Exempt status; Salary range $31,200 to $40,552 (depending on experience) plus full benefits package.
Position Description for Research and Monitoring Technician
The primary purpose of the Research and Monitoring Technician position is to aid in the development and implementation of the RCPP and PCD monitoring programs. The Research and Monitoring Technician assists the PCD Research and Monitoring Coordinator in designing and implementing a program across the Palouse watershed to monitor changes in water quality, soil health, and habitat associated with changes in conservation measures implemented by private landowners and producers. The installed conservation measures include installing riparian buffers and converting to conservation tillage practices. The Research and Monitoring Technician will be working closely with private landowners and operators and 18 RCPP Partners from local, state, and federal agencies and Land Grant Universities.
The Research and Monitoring Technician will be responsible for duties including the following: monitoring water quality, soil health, and habitat; providing technical assistance to landowners and operators who are participating in monitoring efforts; data entry and data analysis including basic statistical analysis; tracking watershed changes throughout time and reporting results; GIS; supervision of interns, volunteers, and/or work crews; and other duties as assigned.
Duties and Responsibilities
A Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental science, agriculture, biology, ecology, environmental science, hydrology, geomorphology, riparian management, or a related field. One year of experience monitoring water quality, soil health, and habitat. The applicant must have a demonstrated ability to manage multiple, diverse issues and a proven commitment to land stewardship on private lands.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Compensation: Salary range is $31,200 to $40,552 (depending on experience).
Send resume & cover letter to:
Research and Monitoring Technician Search
Palouse Conservation District, 1615 NE Eastgate Blvd. Section H, Pullman, WA 99163
Review begins October 23rd, 2017. Open until filled.