Monitoring Technician

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Type: Full-time Permanent 

 

Start Date: January 6th, 2020 

 

Application Deadline: November 22nd, 2019 

 

 

Summary 

 

Friends of the Cheat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit watershed association based in Preston County, West Virginia, working to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed since 1994. Severely impacted by acid mine drainage (AMD), the Cheat River was once considered one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Today, work by a diverse group of partners has resulted in life returning to the Cheat River. Although primarily focused on treating acid mine drainage, FOC has recently expanded its scope of work to include other forms of restoration, including riparian area enhancement, as well as researching potential Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP) projects. FOC also maintains whitewater access points and the flatwater Cheat River Water Trail, works to develop and connect regional trails, and hosts education and outreach events, including the annual Cheat River Festival and FOC Snorkel Program. Friends of the Cheat is seeking to hire a Monitoring Technician under its Cheat River Restoration Program. 
The Monitoring Technician is tasked with conducting all water quality monitoring activities within the Cheat River Restoration program. Responsibilities include: field work, data management (collection, organization, and analysis), technical report and grant application development, project oversight, landowner and volunteer coordination, and public engagement. The Monitoring Technician is supervised by the Restoration Program Manager. Job training will be provided.  

Please read the full Monitoring Technician Job Description.

 

Required Qualifications 

 

• Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the natural sciences 
• Strong desire to contribute to the organization’s mission and surrounding community 
• Strong ability to manage time efficiently and effectively 
• Works well as part of an integrated team 
• Quick learner, highly motivated, well organized, able to work well independently 
• Experience writing technical reports, plans, or scientific papers 
• Experience securing, leading, and coordinating volunteer efforts 
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint) 
• Able to utilize ArcGIS and Google Earth in a daily capacity 
• Enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions and environments 
• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record 
• Experience with moderate lifting, field work in non-ideal conditions, and field exploration 
• Availability for evening and weekend meetings and events 

 

Preferred Qualifications 

 

• Knowledge of local ecology, water quality, acid mine drainage, environmental issues 
• Experience with landowner/partner relationship building 
• Competence with field and laboratory instruments 
• Grant writing and management experience 
• Familiarity with maintenance equipment (e.g., chainsaw, gas string trimmers, trash pumps) 
• Preference will be given to local individuals or those willing to relocate 

 

Compensation 

 

• Annual salary starting at: $31,200 (Non-exempt FTE) 
• 13 paid holidays, 15 personal days, flexible schedule 
• Health insurance (80%) and annual wellness stipend ($300) 
• Company vehicle available for travel and field work 
• Professional development expected and supported 
• Area has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and fishing 
 

Application 

 

Please read the full Monitoring Technician Job Description. 

For applicants, e-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to FOC’s Restoration Program Manager, Madison Ball at madison@cheat.org. Please include “Monitoring Technician Application” as the subject line. The application deadline is Friday, November 22nd, 2019, at 4:00 PM EST. A writing sample will be required from top applicants.