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Aquatic Ecology Field Technicians

Aquatic Ecology

— This position is based in Anchorage, Alaska —



Seasonal positions (appointments may range 3–5 months). Work begins in mid-May and concludes in early September; field deployments may require up to 14 consecutive days of work.


ABR is seeking biologists passionate about aquatic ecology to conduct field studies in streams throughout Alaska. These Anchorage-based positions primarily support the Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring program for the Bureau of Land Management. 


  • Conduct field surveys of aquatic habitats in wadeable streams. 

  • Participate in job-specific field-protocol training (May 2024, Anchorage). 

  • Participate in safety training and follow ABR’s Safety Policy.

  • Assist in field gear acquisition, mobilization, and demobilization.

  • For crew leads, inspire and provide guidance for team members to work independently when needed. 

  • Enter and proof data, primarily on mobile electronic devices. 

  • Travel in helicopters, small fixed-wing aircraft, and in boats.


  • An interest in a career in stream ecology

  • Meticulous in collecting and recording data 

  • Able to conduct field work involving wading and physical labor in remote settings. Must be able to carry heavy field equipment for short distances (up to 22 kg/50 lbs) and work 10–12 hours per day during field deployments. 

  • Familiar with stream habitat, surface hydrology, or water quality studies 

  • Experience with aquatic macroinvertebrate collections/identification 

  • Ability to work cooperatively on a crew of 2–4 others and maintain a positive attitude under a heavy workload

  • A minimum of 4 semesters of coursework in a discipline related to aquatic ecology, fisheries, biology,  or hydrology is required. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred. 


$20–25/h, depending on experience; overtime eligible. Room and board provided only while in the field; candidates must be based in Anchorage during the period of employment.


Open until filled. First review 1 December 2023.


Please email resume, 3 professional references with phone numbers (prefer previous supervisors), and cover letter to If you have any questions about the positions, please contact John Seigle.

ABR, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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