RiverWatch Technician, Part-time

Posting Number - 20110512
Job Title - RiverWatch Technician, Part-time
Grade - B22
Classification - Non-Exempt Staff
FLSA - Non-Exempt
Rate of Pay - $13.49/hr
Type of Position - Part-Time
Hours per week - 20
Number of weeks - 50
Organizational Unit - NGRREC-Environmental Education
Position Reports To Director of Environmental Education and Citizen Science

Purpose of Position:

The RiverWatch technician will assist in training Citizen Scientists to sample and analyze stream and river water; collecting stream data from the field and processing samples including identification of aquatic invertebrates. The RiverWatch Technician will also assist in record-keeping, data entry, and clerical tasks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following are duties that are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.

  • Assist with maintenance and data entry in the RiverWatch database.
  • Verify volunteer data sheets and ensure that data have been properly entered into the database.
  • Under direction of supervisor, organize and conduct training workshops and open labs for volunteers.
  • Maintain aquatic invertebrate and other specimen collections
  • Maintain sampling gear and equipment, including tracking inventory, cleaning, repairing, etc.
  • Assist in other RiverWatch outreach activities as needed.
  • Collect stream / water quality data from the field for use in determining biological trends for Illinois streams.
  • Assist in training and certifying volunteers, referred to as Citizen Scientists, to collect high quality scientific data that will subsequently be used by professionals and the general public to gauge long-term trends in stream health, develop land management strategies, identify potentially degraded waters, and assess the effectiveness of restoration projects.
  • Assist the RiverWatch Director in training Citizen Scientists to measure the intactness of the macroinvertebrate community, which is measured by the total number of taxa, total number of EPT (orders Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera) taxa, and Macroinvertebrate Biotic Index (MBI) scores.
  • Assist with other NGRREC education programs as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


  • High School Diploma and Enrolled in degree program in the field of natural resources or other related fields required.
  • Highly motivated, creative, organized, experienced individual who wants to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Some knowledge of aquatic invertebrate identification and general stream ecology
  • Excellent public relations and speaking skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Requires occasional statewide travel. Must be willing to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and willingness to learn new computer applications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Skills:

  • Associate Degree or higher in field of natural resources or other related fields
  • Familiarity with ArcMap geospatial analysis procedures
  • Proficiency in identifying aquatic invertebrates to family and genus
  • Experience in community-based outreach education. Experience with a broad range of ages desirable.

Work Hours - Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30 , Some Evenings , Some Weekends , Other (specify) - May require statewide travel
Open Date - 02/25/2020
Open Until Filled

EEO Statement:

Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.


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