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Friends of the Cheat seeks Field Technician


Job Description

Friends of the Cheat Field Technician

Position Summary

Friends of the Cheat Field Technicians aid in the reduction of water pollution of West Virginia’s streams and rivers.  Technicians are assigned to specific bond forfeiture sites in order to maintain water quality according to National Pollution Discharge Effluent System (NPDES) permits issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).  Technicians will visit sites a minimum of twice weekly to perform field tests and collect water quality samples for third-party lab analysis of mine water discharges.  Field technicians facilitate appropriate chemical treatment based on test results of treatment system influent and effluent.  Technicians adjust treatment according to weather and water flow conditions.   Technicians maintain detailed records of field test results and activities in field notebooks and submit Field Inspection Reports to WVDEP through the Special Reclamation (SPREC) reporting system.   Field technicians monitor chemical storage tank capacity gauges to maintain adequate chemical supply for treatment.  Technicians record unusual observations or problem areas and take corrective action or forward information to appropriate management level for further action.  Field Technicians take appropriate safety and security precautions to protect themselves from chemicals, equipment, and facilities.  Extended hours will be dictated by weather conditions and emergency situations as required.


Field Technicians will have basic computer skills for data entry and electronic communication with Friends of the Cheat and WVDEP personnel.  Fundamental math skills are required.  A basic knowledge of water chemistry is preferred but not required.  Field Technicians must maintain a strong commitment to quality control and care for equipment.  Friends of the Cheat will provide all training as needed.  Field Technicians must maintain excellent attendance records.

Employees will be required to have a valid Class A Driver’s License with the ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle in inclement weather.  Applicants will be subject to a search of his or her Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) prior to hiring.  Successful applicants will be required to complete a 40-hour hazardous materials handling safety training within the first three months of employment in order to handle hazardous chemicals used in water treatment.  Employee must be able to walk and carry equipment long distances in adverse weather over rugged terrain and lift a minimum of 50 pounds.  Employees will be required to pass a physical examination by a licensed physician within the first three months of employment and complete recommended follow-up examinations.  Failure to pass these initial examinations will result in termination of employment.


The Field Technician position is a full time position with a starting hourly wage of $10-12/hour with vacation and personal leave.  Health insurance and a work vehicle are provided.


Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Friends of the Cheat before August 22nd, 2016 for full consideration.  Electronic submissions are preferred and can be sent to owen@cheat.org.  Please use the subject line Re: Field Technician Application.

For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit www.cheat.org.



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