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Water Quality Science Associate/Manager (full-time, exempt position)

We believe that replicable, science-based water quality monitoring broadens our understanding of and ability to respond to three threats to our focus watersheds: road salt, phosphorus, and climate change. Water quality monitoring is essential to understanding these challenges, developing strategies to mitigate them, establishing goals, and evaluating and quantifying progress toward them.

The water quality science associate or manager (depending on relevant experience) will be supervised by the executive director and will serve as AsRA's primary water quality technician. She/he/they will conduct bi-weekly stream monitoring, regular lake monitoring, and stormwater monitoring; maintain our river temperature gauge network; download data from and maintain buoy sensors on Mirror Lake; and download data from and maintain five continuous monitoring stations near Lake Placid. The capacity to perform analyses of large data sets (30,000+ observations), place them in the context of current scientific literature, write up results, and develop them graphically for various audiences is essential.

The new position will initially focus time on the above long-term monitoring commitments and two existing projects: an effort funded by the Lake Champlain Basin Program to quantify road salt pollution to Mirror Lake and the Chubb River; and, the development, working with property owners, of a lake management plan for Lake Placid. AsRA partners with the Adirondack Watershed Institute (AWI) and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. AWI water quality staff and technicians will provide technical expertise and advice for both projects during the transition and as needed in the long-term.

Compensation includes a salary of $40,000 – $47,500, dependent on experience, with excellent health, dental, vision, savings, and paid time off benefits. Application review will begin in late August 2020. 

See the full job description in the PDF in the sidebar to the left of this announcement.

Qualified applicants may mail a resume, a cover letter describing your interest and suitability, and contact information for three professional references to hiring@ausableriver.org. Please type the position title "water quality science" in the subject line of your email.


Stream Restoration Manager (full-time, exempt position)

We consider healthy streams with shaded, cool waters, ample floodplains, and self-regulating flows essential to sustaining ecological diversity and thriving communities. Our Healthy Streams program evaluates stream systems – taking into account the human communities around them – and implements projects that help streams regain their geomorphic potential while also benefitting wildlife habitat, flood resilience, and water quality. Several stream restoration projects of varying scope are underway, and an ongoing comprehensive planning process continues to assess and identify projects. Work is focused in the Ausable River watershed of upstate New York but is expanding to include neighboring watersheds.

The new employee will work under the supervision of AsRA's Executive Director (ED) and our colleagues at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They will perform stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), channel and topographic surveys, function-based and stream habitat assessments, and will contribute to the design and implementation, e.g. permitting assistance, cost estimate, and construction oversight, of in-stream restoration projects and culvert replacements. The ideal candidate shall have the skills necessary to develop and pursue a regional monitoring and assessment effort to document the long-term effects of restoration projects and to understand the current geomorphic condition of a growing number of regional streams.

Compensation includes a salary of $43 to $52K, dependent on experience, and excellent health, dental, vision, savings, and paid time off benefits. Applications due no later than September 15, however, application review and interviews are planned to begin in late August.

See the full job description in the PDF in the sidebar to the left of this announcement.

Qualified applicants may mail a resume, a cover letter describing your interest and suitability, and contact information for three professional references to hiring@ausableriver.org. Please type the position title "Stream Restoration Manager" in the subject line of your email.

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