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Stream Ecology Technician

by Maya J. Sze on January 24, 2022

Temporary Stream Ecology Technicians
San Juan River, NM, CO, UT.
Department of Biology
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS

Positions: 2 seasonal stream ecology technicians

Salary: $10.00 per hour; up to 999 hours per year. Housing and travel-related research expenses will be covered.

Closing date: February 18th or until filled.
Start date: 01 July 2022
End date: 30 September 2022 (potentially earlier)

Description: We are seeking 2 temporary technicians to assist with a research project in the San Juan River of New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Technicians will assist with sampling backwater habitats, which are the preferred rearing habitat of early life stages of the federally-endangered Razorback Sucker and Colorado Pikeminnow. Sampling will involve the quantification of abiotic (e.g., depth; turbidity; substrate) and biotic (e.g., algal and macroinvertebrate biomass; nonnative fish density) backwater features. There is a large field component involving several extended float trips to collect data along a 55-mile river reach in between Shiprock, NM and Montezuma Creek, UT. Completing data collection float trips will require camping in remote areas for up to 6 days at a time. Lastly, technicians will be expected to aid in processing macroinvertebrate samples while off the river. 

Qualifications: Currently pursuing or have already attained a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in stream ecology, aquatic sciences, or fisheries management. The applicants should have experience working in lotic systems and familiarity with basic sampling methods. Preference will be giving to applicants with prior rafting and remote camping experience.

Application: To apply, please send an e-mail to Blake Hansen (; 801-529-2747) with an updated CV that includes relevant details and contact information for three references.

See for more information about the Department of Biology at Pittsburg State University.

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