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Freshwater Science Specialist

at The Nature Conservancy in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER The Freshwater Science Specialist is a three-year term position (with potential for 1-year extension) that will lead the New Jersey Chapter's 10-year Measures and Monitoring program and support its floodplain reforestation stewardship efforts by working closely with the Freshwater Team and other TNC staff, partners, and funders to assess water quality and project monitoring results. The Freshwater Science Specialist will collect, manage and analyze field data, create relevant reports and communicate findings to a variety of audiences and stakeholder groups. The Freshwater Science Specialist will help increase the scientific rigor of restoration work and monitoring by providing support with study design and analysis. This position will apply in-depth knowledge of river restoration practices (e.g., dam removal) and fish population needs to influence new and existing partnerships and relevant policies or regulations that affect river, aquatic species (i.e., freshwater mussels) and fish population health data collection, management, and analysis. They will work to increase public and private support for TNC conservation priorities, communicate with and engage diverse communities in our work and foster cross-state learning and research development opportunities. The opportunity to participate in science-based monitoring efforts as well as hands-on management and restoration activities gives this position an attractive blend of science and leadership responsibilities. This position will be a mix of field, office and remote work. Office located in Chester, NJ. WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU The Freshwater Science Specialist will support NJ's Freshwater Team to gather, analyze and synthesize water quality and project monitoring data and assist with the Chapter's watershed-wide floodplain reforestation stewardship efforts. This position will be responsible for leading the Paulins Kill water quality monitoring program, including scientific data collection, management, analysis, reporting and publications. They will disseminate results, create annual summary reports, and evaluate monitoring plans to document changes in river health and ensure documentation of the long-term benefits of our restoration efforts (reforestation, dam removal, wetland restoration) effects to water quality and wildlife habitat, and ultimately of project success. The Freshwater Science Specialist will work with the Freshwater Restoration Manager to develop their water quality monitoring and stewardship skills. Additionally, they will expand and accelerate current achievements by overseeing restoration and restoration monitoring efforts in northern NJ, as well as coordinate monitoring projects statewide: setting deadlines and managing partner relationships, facilitating work groups, helping to coordinate community engagement, and communicating results to a variety of audiences. Leads the monitoring of watershed-wide stream and floodplain health, as well as measurement of individual project successes in achieving meaningful ecological outcomes. Articulates final conclusions in summary reports and/or publications and communicates data findings to diverse audiences, ranging from technical experts to community groups. Leads and participates in field work and performs standardized scientific surveys including the collection of water quality and stream benthic macroinvertebrate samples, and conducts standardized visual surveys to assess the physical condition of stream reaches. Compiles, formats and analyzes data relating to watershed assessment, stream monitoring, and site-based project evaluation. Resolves data disparities and modifies processes to generate consistent analytical results. Coordinates and directs on-site implementation of floodplain restoration and stewardship projects including tree maintenance, operating hand tools, heavy equipment trucks/trailers, and field equipment. Participates in and leads community engagement activities including event planning and facilitating volunteer workdays. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. WHAT YOU'LL BRING Bachelor's Degree in science related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s). Experience conducting surveys, recording data and writing project reports. Experience using common software applications such as word, Excel, web browsers, etc. Experience with stream sampling and scientific data collection methods.
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Job Posting: 1239976

Posted On: Feb 15, 2024

Updated On: Mar 15, 2024

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