Stream Geomorphology Research Assistant

Expected Dates
January 22, 2018 to November 16, 2018
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Position ID
SCA Hudson Valley AmeriCorps partners with State and non-profit agencies to address the conservation needs of the Hudson River Watershed region. Corps members are placed at individual host sites, where service activities range from providing environmental education to underserved youth, to restoring streambanks along the Hudson River, and beyond. Members join together regularly for trainings, service projects, or other events.
Purpose of the Program:
The NYCDEP Stream Management Program and its watershed partners develop and implement a science-based approach to stream management planning and practices in the Catskill Mountains which serve as the principal source water for 9 million people. See for details.
Community Needs that the Program Serves:
This work helps support the protection of the unfiltered drinking water supply for New York City residents and approximately 1 million residents in the lower and mid-Hudson valley region.
AmeriCorps Member Duties and Responsibilities:
The Research Assistant will work with NYCDEP’s Stream Management Program Stream Studies Coordinator on research, assessment and monitoring activities during 2018 that will include: (1) helping to plan the 2018 field season; (2) assist in conducting stream water quality, geologic and geomorphic assessments of Catskill Mountain streams; (3) GIS data processing, spatial and statistical analysis; (4) participating in riparian restoration planting projects in spring and fall 2018; (5) assist the riparian restoration program with database development.  
How the AmeriCorps Member’s Role Aligns with the Organization:
The work that the Member performs supports and contributes to the research that is used to inform the stream stewardship practices promoted by NYCDEP’s Stream Management Program. This position gives the Member a chance to have an enhanced experiential education while actively contributing to conservation science research. 
Performance Goals for the AmeriCorps Member:
            Goal 1: Gain Knowledge – to gain a qualitative and quantitative understanding of applied stream geomorphology and its role in watershed protection.
            Goal 2: Application of Knowledge – create opportunities to demonstrate knowledge about stream geomorphology and watershed protection.
            Goal 3: Build knowledge – contribute to applied research that supports watershed protection.
Candidate Qualifications:
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • BA/BS/MS in environmental science/engineering, geology, watershed management, or similar field; Some environmental science, preferably in streams, is required.
  • Experience in field-based science; familiarity with GIS and GPS technology, spreadsheets and statistical analysis. The physical ability to work in mountain streams on a daily basis is required – this can entail extensive hikes to stream sites, walking in boulder stream channels and hauling lots of survey equipment.
  • This position requires fundamental knowledge of watershed science, geology and streams.
  • An undergraduate degree in environmental science/engineering, geology, watershed management, or similar field. Training will be provided in use of ESRI ArcGIS, Excel spreadsheets, GPS technology, topographic surveying, sediment sampling and geomorphic interpretation.


  • All Hudson Valley Corps members receive a taxable $200/week living allowance and EITHER housing provided OR a taxable $550/month housing allowance for positions north of NYC metro area OR $750/month housing allowance for positions in NYC metro area.
  • Upon successful completion of the term, members receive a taxable Segal Education Award through AmeriCorps.
  • Student loan forbearance and interest repayments for federal student loan through AmeriCorps.
  • Eligible for free health insurance
  • Eligible for childcare assistance through AmeriCorps

Training Opportunities:
All Hudson Valley Corps members receive Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula, and professional development. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association Level 1, and other opportunities that arise. 

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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Mathematics & Data Analysis
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience