COSA Job Announcement: Seasonal stream monitoring technicians in Utah

In partnership with the Utah Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is seeking experienced field technicians to collect stream monitoring data through BLM’s aquatic Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) initiative. Successful applicants will be trained in aquatic AIM sampling protocols by the National Aquatic Monitoring Center of Utah State University and will sample stream habitat for wadeable rivers and streams on BLM lands throughout Utah.

TITLE: BLM Aquatic Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) Lead and Field Technicians
POSITION TYPE: Full-time, temporary

NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 9 in total, 3 Lead Technicians and 6 Field Technicians

WORK LOCATIONS: Multiple locations throughout Utah

PAY RATE: $13.85–$17.30, depending on experience and position. Per diem when traveling beyond base location. Health insurance provided.

DURATION: 5 months (May–September 2018) with potential for extension. All Technicians must be available for the two-week training starting May 14, 2018.

Three field teams of three technicians each (1 Lead Technician and 2 Field Technicians) will be hired. Each team will be stationed in a separate BLM Field Office: one each in Salt Lake City, Vernal, and Moab, Utah. The teams will work closely with Utah BLM Aquatic Biologists and other BLM staff within the Field Offices. Crews will spend 4–8 days in a row in the field, often camping away from the Field Office location. Data collection will include water quality sampling, stream habitat data, and benthic macro invertebrates.

Please see full position announcement (attached below, or at this link) for desired qualifications and additional information concerning Lead Technician responsibilities.


Email resume, cover letter, and three references (with phone numbers) to Kristin Schroder at Please indicate if you would like to be considered for the Lead Technician.

First consideration of applicants will begin February 15, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled or until April 30, 2018, whichever comes first. Applicants for the Lead Technician Position are encouraged to apply early.

Utah BLM Aquatic AIM Announcement 2018.pdf