Aquatics Crew

Expected Dates
June 10, 2021 to September 28, 2021
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Position ID
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 7 - September 24, 2021. 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 $650 round trip travel allowance, $250 weekly living allowance, housing at the ranger station, eligibility for a $1,638 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 the Upper Green and Snoqualmie River watersheds as part of large scale watershed restoration and fishery conservation planning effort. 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: North Bend, Washington

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
  • North Bend, WA
  • 1) US Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region - Stream Inventory and Assessment training (June 2021) 2)
    Database entry 3) Mentoring from aquatics professionals
  • 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.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
some experience