Aquatics Crew (PO-00734855)

The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, located on the western slopes of Washington’s Cascade Mountains, is recruiting for two Student Conservation Corps Aquatics crew members to work from June 5 – October 1, 2023. We are seeking candidates with a desire to work outdoors, engage the public with these wild places, and may want a career in public land management. Members receive a one time $1,100 round trip travel allowance, $325 weekly living allowance, housing at the ranger station, eligibility for a $2,474 AmeriCorps education award, and an exceptional life/ career experience. Application period is open until positions are filled.

The crew will focus on gathering stream data in tributaries within Snoqualmie, Upper White and Upper Green river watersheds as part of restoration planning, fishery conservation and aquatic monitoring. The field data collected by the interns will provide important information on stream and riparian conditions and the need to understand legacy impacts that are impairing water quality and aquatic habitat function. The SCA individual placements will supply the Forest and community partners with critical information that can be efficiently analyzed during the collaborative design of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem restoration at whole watershed/landscape scales. 

All safety gear such as orange vests, hardhats, specialized stream boots, and communication devices will be provided by the U.S. Forest Service. The participants will attend the U.S. Forest Service stream inventory training (week of June 14) to obtain the skills needed to complete the work. U.S. Forest Service vehicle will be provided for work-related travel. Work schedule is typically Monday-Thursday (4 days weeks), 10 hour days with some flexibility. Hours will generally be 7:00am – 5:30pm.

Duty Location Address:
902 SE North Bend Way
North Bend, WA 98045

Duties and Responsibilities: 
•    Collect stream data (habitat, riparian vegetation, and streambed and  substrate)
•    Detect fish presence (electrofishing, snorkeling or other ocular identification)
•    Road and culvert surveys for determining aquatic risk
•    Stream verification within timber sales
•    Input info collected into database
•    Develop reports

Required Qualification:
•    Ability to work outdoors, hike into remote work locations on uneven ground in possible adverse weather conditions and ability to camp in remote locations near worksites
•    Ability to wade in streams where slippery conditions and loose footing occur
•    Current driver’s license and clean driving record

Desired Qualifications/Experience:
•    Conservation, restoration and/or outdoor skills
•    College courses in related field (fisheries, hydrology, biology, geology etc.)
•    Good verbal and written communication skills, experience with scientific writing
Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $325- weekly living allowance
  • $1200 toward Duty Travel & Member Expense reimbursement
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,474 education award w/ fulfillment of 675 hours)
  • PLC eligible after 640 hours of service
  • Housing on site provided

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
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Position ID: PO-00734855

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - October 1, 2023

Training Provided: 1) US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region - Stream Inventory and Assessment training (June 2023) 2) Database entry 3) Mentoring from aquatics professionals

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The work duties provide students interested in watershed, fisheries, hydrology or related science practical experience. In addition, interns become exposed to working in a federal land management agency.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Having a vehicle will provide more flexibility and option to drive to larger communities such as Seattle if the need arises.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Crew Members will be housed at US Forest Service facilities that include bunkhouses or glamping tents. Such facilities house temporary workforce performing various resource management tasks. Bunkhouse/tents will include kitchens, beds and bathrooms. Resident conduct and rules are expected to be followed. Occasional overnight tent camping may be needed due to remoteness of certain work sites. 

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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