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The University of Montana’s Ecological Mapping, Monitoring, and Analysis Group (EMMA) is a regional  studies and public education program of the University of Montana in Missoula, MT. In 2021, we will  again partner with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to implement their Aquatic Assessment,  Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) strategy, which is targeted at collecting standardized data from  streams across BLM Districts in the western U.S. Work will focus on wadeable streams and rivers in the  Twin Falls District in southwestern Idaho. Aquatic data collection will follow the AIM National Aquatic  Monitoring Framework, specifically: 1) site evaluation, 2) water quality, 3) physical habitat and canopy  cover, 4) macroinvertebrates, 5) photos, and 6) human influences. Field crews will consist of a crew lead,  technician, and riparian botanist. Crews will be supported by Aquatic Field Specialists and other  professional EMMA staff.  

All positions are field-based and require primitive camping. Crews typically work eight consecutive 10- hour days, followed by a 6-day break. EMMA will supply all necessary equipment, including vehicles, to  carry out the work. We provide some group camping gear (stoves, coolers) but employees are  responsible for their personal camping gear (tents, sleeping bags). 

Work will begin June 6th and continue through mid to late September, with the exact end date being  flexible to accommodate sampling requirements and applicants with academic commitments. 


  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries, Hydrology, Water Resources or  related subject; 
  • A minimum of one full year or two full seasons of fish, macroinvertebrate, hydrology or water  quality field data collection. A completed M.S. degree with field work can satisfy this  requirement;
  • Experience characterizing aquatic habitats in the field using standardized protocols, including  macroinvertebrate collection and water quality sampling; establishing transects and thalweg  profiles, determinations of bankfull width, stream classification (Rosgen or other), habitat  complexity, and riparian vegetation; 
  • Experience supervising technicians, volunteers or undergraduate students. Leadership in a  volunteer or community organization, or in the military, can satisfy this requirement;
  • Experience managing gear and equipment for a crew, lab class, team, or other organizational  unit. 
  • Experience with data entry and management; 
  • Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access); 
  • Valid driver’s license and xperience driving and maintaining 4WD trucks and other vehicles,  especially in off-road situations 
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively as part of a team to accomplish mutual goals and to  work independently as required; 
  • Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field where multiple  hazards (snakes, bears, deadfall, lightning, poison ivy, fires, etc.) may be encountered;
  • Willingness to work irregular hours in harsh environments and challenging weather, and carry  40-50 pounds in a backpack over uneven terrain 


Aquatic Monitoring Crew Leads will make $18 an hour, plus a tax-free $30 per diem for each field day. While the University of Montana does not provide health insurance to seasonal employees, we do offer  Worker’s Compensation coverage and other benefits. Crew members will be responsible for arranging  their own housing. 


To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and three professional references to Heidi Anderson (