Hydrologic Technician Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Tofte, MN – Tofte Ranger District

Start/End Dates: February 5, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Compensation: $650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical insurance provided on request.

Application Due: October 31, 2023 

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • a college graduate.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position. 

Please Apply Here 

Position Description: 

Technical field and office work pertaining to hydrology, soils, and fisheries on the Superior National Forest. 

This position plays a crucial role in the identification, evaluation, and enhancement of watershed conditions with the potential to impact water quality, hydrologic function, aquatic organism passage, and soil health. This position involves extensive fieldwork, data analysis, and collaboration with interdisciplinary teams to support forest management activities and ensure the sustainability of our natural resources.


  • Identification, mapping, and documentation of watershed conditions with potential to impact water quality, hydrologic function, aquatic organism passage, or soil health; including assistance with watershed improvement projects to address those concerns. 
  •  Water quality best management practices and soil disturbance monitoring to help inform an array of forest management actions.  
  • Data entry and management, including map development, performing data queries, monitoring data consistency, and checking for errors through various Forest Service database platforms, ArcGIS, and related mobile applications. 
  • Preparing written or oral reports on watershed-related assessments and improvements.  
  • Working independently in the field, as well as working with individuals with a variety of resource expertise.  
  • Assist hydrologists and soil scientists with other various assignments as needed.


  • Major studies relevant to this position: Hydrology, Soils Science, Fisheries Science
  • Understanding of hydrologic processes, basic soil science, and/or fisheries management
  • Critical thinking: Critical thinking is necessary when developing plans that respond to threats to water quality. 
  • Verbal and communication: Speaking well allows you to present and clearly explain your findings to others, including those who do not have a scientific background. 
  • Writing skills: Writing well allows you to clearly present your findings to your professional peers, as well as to government officials and the public. 
  • Analytical skills: Properly analyzing collected field data can help you to assess water quality and solve problems.
  •  Interpersonal skills: You work in close collaboration with other scientists and public officials. 
  • Time management and organizational skills: You must be able to achieve goals, work independently and meet deadlines, while handling multiple tasks. 
  • Computer skills: You must know writing and spreadsheet software for data extraction and reporting.
  • Physical stamina: Field work may involve hiking to remote locations while carrying testing and sampling equipment.

Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

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EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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