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Position Announcement

Position Available: Fisheries Technician (Multiple Positions)

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

Project Description: Collection of all fish species encountered using various forms of electrofishing including, but not limited to, tote barge, boat, and backpack gears; passive gears may also be required including gill net, fyke net, and hoop net; collection of field measured water quality parameters. Extended overnight travel (up to 35 consecutive days) is required. All work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, are covered by MBI. When not on an MBI trip, employees are expected to cover lodging and meal costs on their own.

Position Description: Work as a member of a 3-4 person field crew that collects fish, habitat and water chemistry data in rivers and streams. Responsible for the execution of specific sampling protocols, operate 4WD trucks, data recording, equipment operation, and maintenance tasks under the direction of a qualified crew leader. Must be able to assist in the operating wading and boat mounted electrofishing gear. Ability to identify fish collected to species is preferred. Crews often travel over extended periods including consecutive weekends. Position is seasonal, and employment at with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform supervised fish sampling using various electrofishing methods
  • Ability to maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours and overnight travel over extended periods, including consecutive weekends.
  • Must be able to work effectively as part of a team on a day to day basis.
  • Ability to work outside in adverse weather conditions for extended periods and lift at least 50 pounds.

Salary: $15.00 - $16.50/hr. based on level of education, work experience, and overall qualifications.

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

Period of Employment: All or parts of May through October.

*Please note: we are only accepting applicants who are available for the full work term.

Position Announcement

Position Available: Stream Habitat/Water Chemistry Technician (Multiple Positions)

Work Location: The MBI office is in Hilliard, Ohio on the west side of Columbus. Project work includes river and stream surveys in Ohio, Illinois, and other states as necessary.

Project Description: Collection of macroinvertebrate assemblages, benthic algae, instream and riparian habitat parameters, and water chemistry measurements. Extended overnight travel (up to 35 consecutive days) is required. All work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, are covered by MBI. When not on an MBI trip, employees are expected to cover lodging and meal costs on their own.

Position Description: Work as a member of a 2-4 person field crew that collects benthic algae, instream and riparian habitat, macroinvertebrate assemblage collection, and water quality data in rivers and streams. Use and deployment of water quality sampling equipment including datasonde and YSI handheld water quality meter. Responsible for executing required methods and quality assurance practices, operate 4WD trucks, and specific sampling, data recording and equipment operation and maintenance tasks under the direction of a qualified crew leader. Crews often travel over extended periods including consecutive weekends. Position is seasonal, and employment with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting outside in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to hike extended distances over rough terrain and lift/carry at least 50 pounds.
  • Ability to maintain a variable work schedule including irregular and overtime hours, overnight travel, over extended periods, including consecutive weekends, possibly in remote locations.
  • Boating and canoe experience is a plus.

Salary: $15.00 - $16.50/hr. based on level of education, work experience, and overall qualifications.

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

Period of Employment: All or parts of May through October.

*Please note: we are only accepting applicants who are available for the full work term.

Position Announcement

Position Available: Field Technician - Water Chemistry/Macroinvertebrate Technician (1 position available)

Work Location: MBI is located in Hilliard, Ohio, just west of Columbus. Projects include stream and river surveys in Ohio, the greater Midwest, and other states as necessary, or the US EPA National Rivers and Streams Assessment survey in New England, and other states as necessary.

Project Description: Biological assessment of rivers and streams using standardized sampling methods; qualitative and quantitative habitat assessments; field measured water quality parameters, aquatic macroinvertebrate collection, benthic chlorophyll-a collection, and water sample collection. Includes extended overnight travel (up to 30 consecutive days), with all work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, covered by MBI.

Position Description: Work as a member of a 2 person field crew in lotic systems located in urban and rural areas across the Midwest and/or Northeast. Includes sampling, data recording, and equipment calibration/operation and maintenance tasks under the direction of the crew leader. Data collection includes, but is not limited to, water grab samples, datasonde deployment/ retrieval, benthic chlorophyll-a, sediment collection using a dredge or other method, benthic macroinvertebrate collection, and habitat assessment. Crew members will also “fill in” with other crews (fish, macroinvertebrate and/or habitat) on an ‘as-needed’ basis. Employment with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform supervised field sampling.
  • Must maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours, overtime hours, and extended overnight travel including consecutive weekends.
  • Ability to maintain work in adverse weather under physically strenuous conditions.
  • 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: $15.00 - $16.50/hr. based on level of education, work experience, and overall qualifications.

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

Period of Employment: All or parts of June through October.

*Please note: we are only accepting applicants who are available for the full work term.

Position Announcement

Position Available: Field Technician - Macroinvertebrates (1 available position)

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

Project Description: Biological assessment of rivers and streams using standardized sampling methods; qualitative habitat assessments and field measured parameters. Includes extended overnight travel (up to 30 consecutive days), with all work-related travel costs, including lodging and meals, covered by MBI.

Position Description: Works as a member of a 2-4 person field crew that collects macroinvertebrate data in wadeable streams and boatable rivers. Responsible for the execution of specific sampling protocols, data recording, and equipment operation and maintenance tasks under the direction of a qualified crew leader. Must be able to assist in the 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. All work-related costs while traveling, including lodging and meals, are covered by MBI. Position is seasonal, and employment with MBI is “at will”.

Baseline Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform supervised field sampling.
  • Must maintain a variable work schedule including irregular hours, overtime hours, and extended overnight travel including consecutive weekends.
  • Ability to maintain work in adverse weather under physically strenuous conditions.
  • 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: $15.00 - $16.50/hr. based on level of education, work experience, and overall qualifications.

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

Period of Employment: All or parts of June through October.

*Please note: we are only accepting applicants who are available for the full work term.

Employee Testimonials

As a Water Chemistry Assistant Crew Lead, I was afforded the opportunity to sharpen several important skills. One of these skills included management, and not necessarily people, because I had a wonderful partner, but in time management with projects, coordination with members of the lab, communication with my supervisor and with the other crews, and organizational practices. I was also able to learn important processes when it comes to water collection, deployment and retrieval of datasondes, the steps behind collecting and handling chlorophyll samples, and how to collect sediment. Being able to spend all of my time outdoors, doing all of this important work, with an amazing company and group of people, is something that I will forever be grateful for.

-Wesley Hall, Assistant Water Chemistry Crew Leader, 2022

MBI helped me improve my skills and credentials as a fisheries biologist. These skillsand credentials I gained while working at MBI has led me to additional exciting employment opportunities. As an assistant crew leader, I gained the valuable experience in leadership while working in the field in beautiful and remote settings. While working hard in the field I also forged bonds that turned other crew members into lifelong friends. Working at MBI was a privilege and an experience that I will notforget.

-Alex Roth, Assistant Crew Leader, 2019

Working at MBI was truly the best work experience I have ever had. It gave me a greater understanding of what I learned in the classroom and how to apply it in the field. Their training courses make you excited to work in and learn about aquatic ecology. Every day was exciting, educational and an adventure that I will always remember.

-Frank DePalma, Field Technician, 2019

"Employment at MBI is an ideal opportunity for those seeking a gateway to a career in biological field work or for those who are seeking to expand upon their current set of skills. You will travel extensively, learn to use research equipment and vehicles, and work with experienced and knowledgeable science professionals. Every day will bring something new, exciting, and often unexpected. It is a unique and invaluable experience."

-Adrian Brougher, Field Technician, 2017

“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

My time as a field technician was a great way to start my career in aquatic ecology. I was able to expand my knowledge and my skill sets while working with some really knowledgeable people in the field. No two days of work were the same which made it such a unique and fun experience. Working for MBI was an opportunity I will always be thankful for.

-Sam Finnerty, Field Technician, 2020

Working at MBI was as a field technician was a great way to start my career. I learned and gained a lot of different field work techniques while exploring nature in many different northeastern states. It allowed me not only to conduct biological research but make new friends while doing so. After working at MBI, I can share and use my experiences as I further my career as a biologist with others.

-Victoria Tomko, Assistant Crew Leader, 2018

“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

“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