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Field Technician

The San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership (Estuario) is seeking qualified applicants for the field technician position to conduct a rapid needs assessment, gather data, conduct analysis, document, and present the results of the rapid needs assessment.

The Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates the San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership, or Estuario. Established in 1994, we are the only tropical and non-continental location within the National Estuary Program (NEP) under Section 320 of the Clean Water Act. The Estuario operates as a partnership committed to their collective responsibility to restore and conserve the waters and associated ecosystems of the San Juan Bay Estuary and its watershed as a sustainable axis of social and economic development. Estuario’s work is guided by a master restoration plan known as the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) for the San Juan Bay Estuary.

In November 2021, Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to invest in the nation’s infrastructure and resilience, with major focus on environmental justice and climate change. Estuario will use BIL funding to restore the Juan Méndez Creek, in the municipality of San Juan through high-impact blue/green infrastructure interventions, achieving medium term restoration of communities affected by this body of water, many of which are environmental justice communities. The Juan Méndez Creek is a site for critical cases of illicit discharges, affecting a susceptible population of approximately 35,600 people residing in the communities surrounding this body of water.

The Field Technician will conduct a rapid need assessment throughout the communities surrounding the Juan Méndez Creek to evaluate potential detrimental impacts caused by raw sewage water. A final report of findings will be presented. The service provider reports to the Senior Program Manager.


Engage research fellows in the design and implementation of the Rapid Needs Assessment.
Provides visibility as to the needs for capacity building through the rapid needs assessment.
Desing rapid needs assessment and submit to EPA for approval.
Data management, data entry, and analysis.
Conduct rapid needs assessment.
Develop final report and present results to the Juan Mendez Creek Steering Committee and any other stakeholders as necessary.

Required Qualifications (Education and Experience):

Master’s degree required in Environmental Sciences, Biology, Public Health, Health and safety specialist, or related fields.
Experience with interacting with public, public health, illicit discharges, and water quality.
Experience with fieldwork including in inclement conditions and following safety protocols.
Experience designing community questionnaires.
Experience conducting rapid needs assessment in urban contexts.
Experience with detailed data management using Excel and Access.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Enjoys work outside and doesn’t mind working in inclement weather conditions.
Must be willing to potentially traverse over rough terrain to remote field sites.
Must be detailed- oriented and able to manage multiple responsibilities.
Strong oral, written, and graphic communication skills.
Ability to collect, compile, analyze, and evaluate a complex set of inputs and present the findings and conclusions clearly and effectively.
Ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment.
Ability to prioritize time efficiently, work independently and manage competing priorities.
Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, cloud-based data access and share software such as Google Drive, and other software such as Adobe, etc. required.
Provide their own personal computer and transportation.


$25/hr., or commensurate with experience.

Language Required:

Fully Bilingual in English and Spanish.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must submit the following to [email protected] by February 26, 2024:

Cover Letter: Written in English and directed to Brenda Torres, Executive Director. The cover letter should present at least two concrete examples of similar positions, achievement, and impact, highlighting experience with non-profit organizations, if available.
Resume/CV: Written in English, including three references.
Writing sample: Written in Spanish. The writing sample must have been completed and edited by the candidate completely independently and can be an academic essay/report, a formal meeting report, proposal, or other technical report.

The email must specify in the subject the title of the position, «Field Technician-BIL».

Sources of funding:

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Corporation for the Conservation of the San Juan Bay Estuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that operates the San Juan Bay Estuary Partnership. The Corporation for the Conservation of the SJBE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics. MBE/WBE and other certified minorities and small businesses are encouraged to apply.

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