Fish Habitat Field and GIS Technician Part Time

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is a nonprofit environmental organization located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The NSRWA’s purpose is to protect our waters through education, outdoor engagement, and restoration of our rivers.

The NSRWA seeks a part-time Fish Habitat Field and GIS Technician, to work in our watershed to identify and prioritize potential fish habitat restoration projects within the Indian Head and North River watershed upstream of Route 3. The Indian Head River is a main tributary of the North River and is home to various species of concern including American shad, American eel, river herring, and Eastern native brook trout. Culverts and other manmade infrastructure can prevent free passage of these species, limiting access to spawning habitat, as well as having other impacts on our rivers.

The position will be responsible for conducting field surveys of the watershed upstream of Rt 3 that will build upon a 2011 culvert survey in the watershed. The field survey will employ the North American Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative protocols and the American Fisheries Society’s Aquatic Habitat Assessment Common Methods to identify and create a GIS map of fish passage obstacles, as well as degraded bank and stream habitats that have the potential for restoration. In conjunction with the field survey, the position will lead an effort to recruit, train and utilize citizen scientist volunteers to join in the field surveys.

The position will conduct outreach to the towns and state highway engineering departments (owners of the culverts) to determine the feasibility of and interest in conducting culvert replacement projects that increase aquatic habitat connectivity within the Indian Head River and its tributaries upstream of Rt 3. This position will be responsible for completing a final report, GIS map and analysis, that documents potential river habitat restoration projects prioritized based on river habitat benefits and owner interest.

Qualities We Seek:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management or a similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ArcGIS analysis and mapping experience
  • Aquatic habitat field work experience; knowledge of American Fisheries Society’s Aquatic Habitat Field Assessment Common Methods and culvert assessment certification preferred but training available
  • Physically able to perform field work in rivers, streams and wetlands
  • Experience using applications such as Google products, Microsoft Word, Excel, social media
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly with translating technical or scientific information for the public to aid in decision making

This part time position is grant-funded over two years, approximately 10 hours/week at $30-35/hour with potential for increase pending funding. Staff are expected to be in office at least once per week and must be able to meet on-site and with partners as needed. Must have own driver’s license, and insured vehicle. Mileage for field work and work-related meetings is reimbursable.

The NSRWA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or veteran status. 

To apply visit the job posting on Indeed. Interested candidates should apply by March 3, 2023. Anticipated start date is as soon as possible.

Summer Outdoor Education Assistant 

The NSRWA is looking for a motivated individual who has an interest in working with youth in an outdoor setting. 

Who We are:

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is a small non-profit grassroots environmental organization located on the South Shore of Massachusetts. The NSRWA was founded in 1970 and has grown to over 1,900 members today. The NSRWA works to protect and restore degraded watershed resources and educate the next generation of river stewards. To find out more please visit our website at

Position Title: 

Summer Outdoor Education Assistant 

Position Responsibilities: 

The main responsibility will be assisting the NSRWA lead educator in outdoor youth activities. Other responsibilities include: Help take out and put away equipment, help facilitate nature related games and activities, organize equipment, assist other NSRWA staff as needed. Must be available to work Mondays through Fridays, beginning June 26 and ending August 25, 2023. Part-time opportunities are also available as soon as April and May. 

Applicant requirements:

  • At least 16 years old
  • Able to pass a background check
  • An interest in working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Able to work full and active days outside in the elements
  • Previous hiking and kayaking experience is preferred 
  • Able to lift 40 lbs. [about the weight of a single kayak]
  • Access to transportation preferred
  • Available to work June 26 to August 25, 2023

Compensation: $15/hour 

How to apply: Send email and resume to NSRWA Educator Brian Taylor at