Stream Stewardship Intern

Expected Dates
June 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District
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. 
Member Position Summary:
The Student Conservation Association intern will assist the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District (GCSWCD) and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) in their efforts to assess, restore and protect Catskill Mountain streams that are within the NYC West of Hudson water supply. The selected candidates will work in close association with GCSWCD’s staff to collect and analyze a variety of field data related to stream management and restoration, and assist GCSWCD staff with implementation of the stream management program.  Field work may include, but is not limited to: stream feature inventories using GPS to collect specific data; project monitoring including survey, photo documentation, pebble counts, bar sampling, and vegetation monitoring; and supporting the design and construction of stream restoration and highway and infrastructure projects. The candidates will also participate in the post processing and analysis of field collected data using AutoCAD and/or GIS and assist with report writing. In addition, the candidates will assist GCSWCD with locally driven education and outreach projects that support local watershed communities in the NYC Watershed.  Specific tasks may include creation of educational material (newsletters, public service announcements, brochures) and assistance with outreach efforts to engage multiple stakeholders in the Greene County portion of the NYC Watershed.
  • 30% of time collecting data through stream feature inventory, reference and project monitoring, vegetation monitoring, pebble counts, cross sections & longitudinal profile surveys
  • 20% of time processing and analyzing collected data and report on findings
  • 15% of time developing educational material, organizing public workshops and trainings
  • 15% of time assisting with stream restoration and riparian planting projects
  • 5% of time developing and delivering stream program presentations
  • 15% of time will be dedicated to SCA Hudson Valley Corps events and paperwork

Essential Functions of Position:

  • Participate in stream assessment techniques
  • Participate in stream restoration efforts
  • Participate in project monitoring techniques
  • Complete GIS projects related to stream management and conservation
  • Record and Analyze field collected data
  • Mobilize volunteers for stream restoration activities (i.e. streamside tree plantings)
  • Educate local community members and children regarding watershed issues, conservation and stream management
  • Contribute to the development of educational materials
  • Contribute to the development of project reports and management plans

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Candidates should have a working knowledge of watershed science, streams and surveying techniques.  Candidates should also have some experience using either ArcGIS or AutoCAD. Candidates must have strong interpersonal and communication skills.   The candidates should also be capable of performing physical activities related to field data collection in fast moving streams.  Personal transportation required, although transportation to work sites is usually provided.
Required academic and Experience Qualifications:
Coursework, experience or passion for environmental science/engineering, watershed management, geology, hydrology, botany, or related field.


  • The Greene County Soil & Water Conservation District is a county level, political sub-division which is dedicated to the management of natural resources. Located in South Eastern New York State, Greene County is home to the Northern high peaks of the Catskill Mountains and is bordered on the East by the Hudson River.

    The GCSWCD works with multiple communities, organizations and stakeholders to promote, facilitate and guide the wise management of natural resources within Greene County. Since its inception in 1961, the GCSWCD has developed a diverse conservation program in response to local needs, and which provides technical assistance to landowners, local municipalities as well as state and federal agencies.

  • The intern should receive training in stream assessment techniques, GIS and/or AutoCAD, either through training programs or on-the-job training. The specific training program(s) will be identified once the member begins the internship.
  • SCA offers all Hudson Valley Corps members with Wilderness First Aid certification, CPR certification, Hudson River Citizen Science curricula, Trail Skills, and Project WET, Project WILD and Project Learning Tree curricula. Optional trainings include Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics and other opportunities which may 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
Data Entry
some experience
some experience
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
competent without supervision