Position Title: Season Field Technician
Employment Status: Seasonal, Temporary (May- September)
Reports to: Watershed Center River Program Manager
Office Location: 6800 Nimbus Road, Longmont, CO 80503
Salary Range: $18-$25/hour

Background Information
Since 2005, Left Hand Watershed Center (formerly Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group) has worked to protect and restore watersheds for people and the environment using a collaborative and science-based approach. While we continue to maintain our roots in the Left Hand Watershed, we expanded our geographic scope and services to the greater St. Vrain Basin in 2019. We are hiring 1 or 2 Seasonal Technicians to carryout field tasks across our river, forest, adaptive management, and community programs.

General Position Description
Under the direction of the River Program Manager, serve as Seasonal Field Technician for the Watershed Center’s projects and services. The Field Technician will support river and forest program staff and carry out a variety of field and office tasks including data collection/fieldwork, planning and implementing volunteer stewardship projects and community events, and carrying out data entry, analysis and research tasks. The position requires 1-3 years of professional working experience in the fields of ecology, watershed science, and community engagement. Knowledge of watershed science, forest and river ecology and/or biology is desired. In addition, we are looking for a highly organized and motivated self-starter with excellent technical and interpersonal skills.

Primary tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with field data planning and collection in forests and rivers;
  • Assist with data entry, management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting;
  • Organize and lead community stewardship & monitoring events. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Planning, implementing, and overseeing volunteering stewardship and community science projects and events;
    • Volunteer recruitment, advertisement, outreach, and follow up communication;
    • Developing community outreach and engagement/marketing materials;
    • Developing community outreach and engagement/marketing materials;
  • Assist with K-12 or adult watershed science education in coordination with Watershed Center’s staff;
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and 1-3 years of experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. A background in ecology, watershed science, or biology is desired. Understanding of watershed science and river and forest restoration concepts is preferred.
  • Experience with ecological field data collection techniques and the aptitude to learn new protocols.
  • Experience with statistical analysis and application of statistical programs such as Program R.
  • Enthusiastic, community-oriented individual, with a passion for connecting community to their watersheds.
  • Ability to translate technical information for diverse audiences.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience or interest in working with and leading volunteers in data collection and/or stewardship activities.
  • Excellent public relations skills.
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
  • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle, mileage reimbursement available.

Working Conditions
Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

Left Hand Watershed Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any phase of employment for this position.

Salary and Position Details:
This temporary full-time position will start with an hourly rate of $18-$25/hour, depending on skills and experience. Benefits for temporary full-time employees include an IRA with 3% company match, paid vacation, sick and holiday time.

To Apply:
Please email your cover letter and resume combined into a single PDF labeled Lastname_Firstname_Seasonal_2022 to: applywatershedcenter [at] gmail [dot] com by March 1. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. The ideal candidate will begin employment in late May 2022.