North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative

Roles

L3 (Level 3) coordinators

L3 coordinators are central coordinators who maintain key components of the NAACC. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Update field protocols
  • Create and update scoring systems
  • Develop QA/QC procedures
  • Maintain the online database
  • Disseminate news and updates to the NAACC community
L3 coordinators have the highest database credentials that allow them to enter, edit, and remove data, and add and edit coordinators and observers.

L2 (Level 2) Coordinators

L2 coordinators are regional coordinators who oversee surveys across a fairly large geographic area (state, large watershed). Their responsibilities are to:

  • Oversee surveys in their geographic area
  • Recruit and supervise L1 coordinators
  • Coordinate training
  • Ensure implementation of QA/QC procedures

Training Requirements:

  • Certification as a lead observer
  • Online coordinator training unit
  • Must pass online coordinator training unit test
L2 coordinators have database credentials that allow them to enter and edit data, and add and edit observers.

L1 (Level 1) Coordinators

L1 coordinators are local coordinators who oversee and organize observers. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Recruit and supervise lead observers to assess road-stream crossings
  • Create maps and determine survey locations
  • Establish standards and expectations for safety
  • Ensure adherence to protocols and QA/QC procedures
  • Field audit 10% of a lead observer's first 50 records
  • Review and approve data entered into database

Training Requirements:

  • Certification as a lead observer
  • Online coordinator training unit
  • Must pass online coordinator training unit test
L1 coordinators have database credentials that allow them to enter and edit data, and add and edit observers.

Lead Observers

These are certified to assess stream crossings in the field. Their responsibilities are to:

  • Lead survey teams
  • Coordinate survey materials and schedules
  • Collect field data (paper or electronic)
  • Match survey locations to xycodes
  • Ensure assessments are done safely
  • Enter data into the online database

Training Requirements:

  • Classroom training either online or in-person (4 hours)
  • Must pass online test
  • In-person field training (1 day)
  • Shadow a certified lead observer (20 crossings)

Lead observers have database credentials that allow them to enter and edit their own data.

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