Employment Opportunities

MBI offers seasonal positions that typically run from Spring through early fall. We accept application materials throughout the year, and begin the hiring process in February or March. We also periodically have permanent positions that become available.

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Position Announcement: Crew Leader

Position Available: Crew Leader

Work Location: The MBI office is in Hilliard, Ohio on the west side of Columbus. Project work includes river and stream surveys in multiple states throughout the US.

Project Description Biological assessment of fish assemblages using electrofishing methods; macroinvertebrate, algal, and qualitative and quantitative habitat assessments; water sample collections. Extended overnight travel (up to 30 consecutive days) is required, with all work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, covered by MBI.

Position Description Leads and oversees a 3-4 person field crew that collects fish, algal, habitat, and/or macroinvertebrate assemblage data in wadeable streams and non-wadeable rivers. Responsible for identifying fish to species in each survey area and locale, and executing required methods and quality assurance practices. Operates electrofishing equipment in wadeable streams and non-wadeable rivers, operates 4WD trucks, boats, and outboard motors. Responsible for carrying out a detailed plan of study, supervising all crew members, and for care and maintenance of all sampling gear and vehicles. Responsible for collection and custody of data including data sheets and ancillary forms and information. Crews often travel over extended periods including consecutive weekends. Position is seasonal, and employment with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills Required: Must be able to supervise a field crew and identify fish to species level. Must have knowledge and/or experience about rivers and streams, boating, canoeing, navigation, and water safety in general. Must have knowledge and/or experience with water sampling techniques. Must be able to maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours and extended overnight travel including consecutive weekends. Must be able to accurately maintain and retain records and expense documents, and to execute required methods and quality assurance practices per project specifications. Must be able to safely operate electrofishing equipment, 4WD trucks, boats, and outboard motors, and to complete specific work tasks, including the supervision of assistant crew leaders and field technicians.

Salary: $14.50 - $16.00/hr. commensurate with experience.

Period of Employment: All or parts of May through early December, 2018.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance.

Position Announcement: Assistant Crew Leader

Position Available: Assistant Crew Leader

Work Location: The MBI office is in Hilliard, Ohio on the west side of Columbus. Project work includes river and stream surveys in multiple states throughout the US.

Project Description Biological assessment of fish assemblages using electrofishing methods; macroinvertebrate, algal, and qualitative and quantitative habitat assessments; water sample collection. Extended overnight travel (up to 30 consecutive days) is required, with all work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, covered by MBI.

Position Description Assists Crew Leader with a 3-4 person field crew that collects fish, algal, habitat, and/or macroinvertebrate assemblage data in wadeable streams and non-wadeable rivers. Responsible for executing required methods and quality assurance practices. May operate electrofishing equipment in wadeable streams and non-wadeable rivers, operates 4WD trucks, boats, and outboard motors. Responsible for functional supervision of 1-2 crew members for specific tasks, and for care and maintenance of sampling gear, samples, data sheets, data recording, vehicles and equipment. Crews often travel over extended periods including consecutive weekends. Position is seasonal, and employment with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills Required: Must be able to assist with supervising a field crew. Must be able to maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours and extended overnight travel including consecutive weekends. Must be able to accurately maintain and retain records and expense documents, and to execute required methods and quality assurance practices. Must be able to safely operate electrofishing equipment, 4WD trucks, boats, and outboard motors, and to assume responsibility for completing specific work tasks, including the supervision of field technicians.

Salary: $13.00 - $14.50/hr. commensurate with experience.

Period of Employment: All or parts of May through early November, 2018.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance.

Position Announcement: Field Technician

Position Available: Field Technician (4-5 available positions)

Work Location: MBI is located in Hilliard, Ohio on the west side of Columbus. Projects include stream, river and wetland surveys in the Midwest and New England, and other states as necessary.

Project Description Biological assessment of rivers, streams, and/or wetlands using standardized sampling methods; qualitative and quantitative habitat assessments; field measured parameters and water sample collection. Extended overnight travel (up to 30 consecutive days) is required, with all work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, covered by MBI.

Position Description Works as a member of a 3-4 person field crew that collects fish, macroinvertebrate, habitat, and/or wetland and water chemistry data in wadeable streams, boatable rivers, and/or wetlands. Responsible for the execution of specific sampling, data recording, and equipment operation and maintenance tasks under the direction of a qualified crew leader. Must be able to assist in the operation of wading and boat mounted electrofishing gear, collection of macroinvertebrate samples, other biological samples, and in-field or laboratory processing and sorting of samples. Crews often travel over extended periods including consecutive weekends. Position is seasonal, and employment at with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills Required: Ability to perform supervised field sampling and maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours and extended overnight travel including consecutive weekends. The ability to work effectively as part of a team on a day to day basis is a must. Experience working on or around water and with small watercraft is desirable.

Salary: $11.00 - $13.00/hr. depending on level of education completed, work experience, and overall qualifications.

Period of Employment: All or parts of mid-May through early November, 2018.

Other Requirements: Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance.

Employee Testimonials

“My experience at MBI was exactly what I needed to help me jumpstart my career in the field of environment and natural resources. The skills I learned in aquatic and fisheries sciences have helped me stand out in my career development and I am so thankful that I was able to take part in this opportunity. Traveling around the midwest I was able to learn and take part in several opportunities while interacting with a great group of colleagues. I truly do feel privileged to have worked for MBI and hope that other recent graduates and applicants have the same positive experience that I did!”

-Matt Murphy, Field Technician, 2016

“Working at MBI was one of the best work experiences I've ever had. I gained so many new skills that are so valuable in the fisheries field and had the chance to work with patient, kind, and fun people. My summer with MBI gave me more confidence as a developing biologist and I am so thankful for having had the chance to work with such a truly great group of people.”

-Julia Backus, Field Technician, 2014

“MBI was a great company to work for. The 'family' atmosphere made it easy to do great work with wonderful people. I did more traveling this past field season than I have any of my adult life and I couldn't think of a much better way to have done so”

-Tyler Davis, Field Technician, 2013-2014

“Working with MBI this summer was one of the best summers I have had. The people in crew, and everyone else, were great to work and live with. Its hard to beat having a job where you learn a lot, have fun, and help conduct meaningful research.”

-Tyson Kurtz, Field Technician, 2016

“I feel privileged to have been a part of MBI to positively impact the environment this past sample season. I developed a new appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors and how much we take it for granted. I have learned so much and would not have traded this opportunity for the world.”

-Chris Dague, Field Technician, 2013

“Working at MBI was a pleasure from the very first day. I was able to gain valuable work experience while enjoying the outdoors. I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for MBI”

-Emily Logan, Field Technician, 2013

“Working with MBI made me feel like I was part of a family. They gave me the most educational, exciting, and professional work experience I could ever expect from an employer. I am forever thankful for having the opportunity of working with MBI.”

-Chris Fullerton, Field Technician, 2012