FC-FLIP 2016 - Field Hydrology

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Field Hydrology (Hydro Crew)

 PDF of Position Description - HERE

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Durango, Colorado

Mentor: Jeff Seebach, Supervisory Hydrologic Technician, BLM Tres Rios Field Office; and Eric Herchmer, Hydrologist, San Juan National Forest                                                                                                          

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required.                                                                                                                       

Responsibilities: The San Juan National Forest has several work projects and studies scheduled for the summer of 2016. First is an ongoing inventory of spring water sources across the San Juan Public Lands, involving fieldwork from alpine settings to the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau. Spring locations are recorded with a GPS unit, flow is measured and the general condition along with other basic information is recorded and entered into a GIS database. Second, steam surveys using basic hydrologic field methodologies (cross sections, longitudinal profiles, channel substrate and discharge measurements) will need to be performed in various Forest and Wilderness locations. This data will be used to determine hydrologic effects of past and future land management decisions, to define watershed characteristics for in-stream flow appropriations, and to delineate floodplains around designated public campgrounds. Third, water quality/chemistry sampling needs to occur on various high alpine lakes primarily in the Weminuche Wilderness.  Parameters such as pH, conductivity, and various cation and anion concentrations will need to be collected to help in determining the potential for acidification and/or nitrogen loading from atmospheric deposition. Finally, various small-scale watershed protection and restoration projects will need to be implemented. This will include small gully/headcut repair, developing water sources to protect riparian vegetation and applying stormwater management techniques in construction zones. All work will occur with members of the SJNF Hydrology Crew based in Durango, CO. This job offers a tremendous opportunity to do field work in a wide variety of beautiful terrain and locations across the San Juan Public Lands. The intern will learn about hydrologic survey techniques, water quality sampling, small-scale restoration work, agency-approved hydrologic monitoring techniques and basic Colorado water rights law. 

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions; long days on foot will be expected

·         Camping and backpacking skills

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic map reading skills, GPS, and GIS knowledge preferred

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in hydrology, geology, biogeochemistry, water resource management, natural resources management, aquatic biology, or similar.

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

·         Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: Housing is possible through the San Juan National Forest in Durango on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to FS crews in FS housing. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 15 March 2016