Project Description: Biological assessment of rivers and streams using standardized sampling methods; qualitative and quantitative habitat assessments; field measured parameters and water sample collection.
Position Description: Work as a member of a 2-3 person field crew that collects water chemistry data in wadeable streams, boatable rivers and lakes. Responsible for the execution of specific sampling, data recording, and equipment calibration/operation and maintenance tasks under the direction of a qualified crew leader. Data collection includes, but is not limited to, water grab samples, datasonde deployment/ retrieval, benthic chlorophyll a, sediment collection using a dredge or other method. The ability to “fill-in” with other crews (fish, macroinvertebrate and/or habitat) on an ‘as needed’ basis. Field crews travel together over extended periods including consecutive weekends (up to 20 consecutive days). Work-related costs while traveling, including lodging and meals, are covered by MBI. Employees are responsible for their own living arrangements and costs when not on an MBI trip, and when field conditions preclude sampling. Employment with MBI is “at will”.
*MBI implements and requires adherence to COVID-19 protocols recommended by the CDC and local health departments.*
Baseline Skills Required: Ability to perform supervised field sampling and maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours, overtime hours, and extended overnight travel. The ability to work effectively as part of a team on a day-to-day basis is a must. Experience working on or around water and with small watercraft is desirable.