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Temporary Field Technician

Tennessee Aquarium
Chattanooga, United States Posted: October 25, 2023

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) is looking to hire two Temporary Field Technicians to assist with our Trispot Darter Distribution Assessment Project. The objective of this project is to assess the current distribution of the Trispot Darter (Etheostoma trisella) within its range in Georgia and Tennessee to guide future recovery planning and restoration work. This position will run from January 8th, 2024, to March 29th, 2024.

Key Responsibilities
  • Follow standardized backpack electrofishing protocols to sample for Trispot Darters at multiple sites
  • Follow standardized sampling protocols to collect water quality and fish habitat data from multiple sites
  • Enter sampling data into an electronic database and perform other computer tasks as needed
  • Other duties include disinfecting and maintaining equipment, assisting with other lab and field work as needed, and interacting with Conservation Institute science staff to support ongoing research project
Key Qualifications
  • Experience with stream sampling techniques, particularly electrofishing, preferred
  • Knowledge and application of various water quality sampling methods
  • Good working knowledge of Excel, Access, and Word
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Possess a valid driver's license and ability to navigate to defined field sites
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision, and as part of a team
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to work outdoors in cold and/or wet conditions on a regular basis

Seasonal, hourly ($16/hour); 40 hours/week from January 8th through March 29th; weekends, overnight trips, and holiday work may be required.

All submissions must be received by November 19th, 2023

The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers, and all its audiences.

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