Wyoming BLM Stream Monitoring Crew Leads and Technicians

  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program
  • Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • Jan 30, 2023
Seasonal Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology

Job Description

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NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 4 in total, 2 Crew Leads and 2 Technicians

WORK LOCATIONS: Based in Fort Colins, CO. Travel throughout Wyoming.

PAY RATE: Crew Leads: $20-21/hr. Technicians: $17-19/hr. Depending on experience and position. ~$60.00/day per diem & gear reimbursement when traveling beyond base location. Total reimbursement = $395-455/two-week hitch.
Health insurance, retirement, paid federal holidays, and sick leave provided. 

Summary of Positions 

In partnership with the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is seeking experienced field technicians to collect stream monitoring data through BLM’s Lotic Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) Program. Successful applicants will be trained in Lotic AIM sampling protocols and will sample stream habitat for wadeable rivers and streams on BLM lands throughout Wyoming. All Crew Leads and Technicians must be available for the weeklong training May 15-20, 2023.

Two three-person field teams will be hired. Each team will have 1 Crew Lead, 1 Stream Technician, and 1 Riparian Vegetation Technician (see WY BLM Riparian Veg Tech announcement). The crew will begin field preparations starting May 8, 2023 and will collect data through September. The team will work closely with Wyoming BLM hydrologists, fisheries biologists, and other BLM staff within Field Offices. Crews will typically spend 6-8 days in a row in the field, camping on BLM land. Data collection will include water quality sampling, stream habitat data, and benthic macroinvertebrates. Field protocols can be found here: AIM National Aquatic Monitoring Framework: Field Protocol for Wadeable Lotic Systems, TR1735-2 ver 2 (blm.gov)

Crew Lead positions will begin work in advance of the field season to plan field season logistics and scout field sites. The Crew Lead will be responsible for supporting and managing crew safety and wellbeing, coordinating field logistics and scheduling, managing the crew’s equipment, and completing  administrative paperwork. Before, during and after field data collection, the Crew Lead will be responsible for the organization and quality control of all AIM data collected using both paper forms and iPad tablets. 
Qualifications for All Positions 

  • Coursework in ecology, natural resources, range management, or related field is required for all positions. A completed B.S. degree is preferred for all positions and required for Crew Leads.
  • Field experience collecting scientific data required for all positions. Experience with stream habitat, water quality, macroinvertebrates, and/or other environmental data preferred.
  • Experience with aerial photography (Google Earth), navigating with a topographic map, and use of GPS preferred for all positions and required for Lead Technicians. Experience with ArcGIS preferred for Crew Leads, but not required.
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules, travel extensively during the field season, share living quarters, car camp, and potentially backpack and hike long distances (up to 10 miles / day) while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40 lbs) required for all positions.
  • Willingness and ability to work with a positive attitude in field conditions that include exposure to inclement weather, rugged terrain, hot or cold weather (30–110° F), mosquitos, and poisonous plants, all while maintaining a strong commitment to team safety required for all positions.
  • High degree of comfort wading in all types of streams including those with slick rocks, boulders, fast water, cold water, deep mud, and log jams is required for all positions.
  • Careful attention to detail and strong written and organizational skills to complete lengthy field forms required for all positions. Experience collecting data electronically using tablets or other devices preferred for all positions.
  • Strong oral communication skills for professional interactions with BLM staff and private landowners required for all positions.
  • A valid driver’s license required for all positions. Experience driving 4x4 vehicles on rough roads preferred.
  • Wilderness First Aid or other field safety training preferred for all positions.

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


To apply email resume, cover letter, and three references (with email and phone numbers) to Alex Binsfeld at Alex.Binsfeld@colostate.edu  Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the Crew Lead positions. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled or until April 30, 2023, whichever comes first.


Crew Leads: $20-21/hr. Technicians: $17-19/hr. Depending on experience and position.