ORSANCO’s biological monitoring and assessment program is seeking recent college graduates and masters students to fill several seasonal positions. This program hopes that this term of employment will be used to further the education of the participants. All students enrolled in a program which includes an internship as a graduation requirement are eligible. Students can receive credit hours towards the completion of their degree through this seasonal employment. These seasonal positions offer the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of environmental monitoring techniques, boat operation, and teamwork. It is a rigorous schedule, but it is a rewarding program. ORSANCO works closely with all state agencies along the Ohio River, providing an opportunity to form state contacts.
Seasonal Biologists will be part of three person field crews traveling out of Cincinnati every Monday and returning every Friday. Travel will be river-wide: Pittsburgh, PA to Cario, IL. All appropriate travel, hotel and meal expenses are provided.
Primary duties include: electrofishing (much of which is conducted at night-beginning at dusk and ending in the early morning hours), habitat evaluation, sensor deployment, macroinvertebrate sampling, fish tissue collection, data handling, vehicle and watercraft operation. Seasonal Biologists are also be required to assist other ORSANCO programs and initiatives including Life Below the Waterline public outreach events and special projects with state partners.
Recent college graduate
Interest in aquatic ecology
Experience in fish ID (a plus)
Ability to endure long hours and adverse weather
Boating experience (a plus)
Clean driving record
Experience towing boats behind full-size trucks (a plus)
Must be available to work from June through October
Ability to travel
Instruction To Apply
The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) and Environmental Solutions & Innovations (ESI)
June 1 - October 31. Start date is flexible for student schedules; May start dates possible
Ohio River Basin (entire)
Base of Employment
$11/hour; $16.50/hour overtime (beyond 40 hours a week)
Apply by March 14 for priority consideration. Resumes are accepted on an ongoing basis. Positions should be filled by May 1.