Aquatic Ecology Field Technician

  • Flathead Lake Biological Station
  • Flathead Lake Biological Station, Bio Station Lane, Polson, MT, United States
  • Mar 11, 2017
Seasonal Biology/Ecology Natural Resources Watershed/Stormwater Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodplains

Job Description

Position Summary: This position will perform a variety of duties on floodplains in the Flathead River from June 26, 2017 to August 18, 2017, including:

  • This position will provide a student with the opportunity to gain valuable field experience in aquatic ecology and conservation biology, and connect with professionals working in these fields (e.g. from USGS, Glacier National Park). The technician will work throughout the summer on a field project to sample arthropods in floodplains in the Flathead River, including in streams near or in Glacier National Park. The technician will gain valuable knowledge of river ecology and floodplain biodiversity, with a strong focus on aquatic macroinvertebrates. The position will include kick-net sampling in the river channel and well-drilling and sampling from the aquifer below the floodplain at multiple study sites. Other training in the field and lab are a possibility. DNA extraction, training in insect identification and taxonomy, and other lab work training (as well as data entry) at FLBS is likely.


  • Minimum requirements include the completion of at least 4 total semesters in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or equivalent. The student should also be prepared to work outdoors in inclement weather and on river floodplains.
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated passion and proficiency in field-related activities in their major program.
  • The student must have his/her own vehicle, and be willing to drive to locations where help is needed throughout the summer. Some travel can be reimbursed.

Employment Start Date: June 26, 2017 
Employment End Date: August 18, 2017 

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Job Level

Entry-level, Intern (Paid)


Academic Institution


$8.15/hour + lodging & meals (valued at $2250)