The Field Science Technician--Trainee program is a structured on-the-job training program, typically lasting approximately two years, with established work performance measures and goals. The Trainee works with experienced Field Science Specialists and Technicians to build skills in a wide variety of environmental monitoring disciplines. Upon successful completion of the training program Trainees will be eligible for appointment as a Field Science Technician.
Typical field activities include surface water sampling; watershed health assessments; biological monitoring including electrofishing and macro invertebrate collection, industrial wastewater monitoring, stormwater sampling, sewer flow monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and other monitoring services. Much of the fieldwork is physically demanding and may involve climbing steep stream banks, operating motorized and non-motorized watercraft, performing work in manholes, sewer pipes, and other confined spaces, working in and around traffic, performing heavy lifting (up to 70 pounds), and working in inclement weather and at irregular hours. Approximately 80% of this position will be spent in the field. The remaining 20% is spent in the office for record keeping, data entry, and organizational activities; including but not limited to: database management, analyzing and summarizing monitoring data, entering water-quality and watershed data, managing bureau and City files, and maintaining monitoring equipment and data collection devices.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
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