Hydrologist: Stream and Spring Inventory and Assessment

US Forest Service
May 17, 2021
Job Type
Job Site
Tonto National Forest


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Compensation: $500/week and support for housing and transportation.

Dates of Employment: September 20, 2021 - September 20, 2022

Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2021

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

The Tonto National Forest Watershed Management program seeks one full-time hydrology intern for a one-year appointment to assist with the program’s inventory and assessment of springs, streams, and riparian areas. The position will involve about 50% field work and 50% office work. Training on spring and stream survey techniques will be provided, however, previous experience or education in hydrology, geology, ecology or natural resources management is desirable. As time permits, interns will also assist with other TNF hydrology tasks such as review of categorical exclusions, water quality sampling, best management practices (BMP) monitoring, and writing watershed restoration action plans. The intern will be trained and supervised by the Forest Hydrologist and will be based out of the Tonto National Forest Supervisor Office in Phoenix, AZ.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Complete inventory and assessment of springs and streams.
  • Perform routine office tasks including data entry and file management.
  • Assist with hydrology field tasks such as water quality sampling, stream gauge installation, and BMP monitoring.
  • Assist project team members with various support tasks such as review and editing of reports and organization of project documentation.

Conduct research and data collection on a variety of hydrology-related subjects to support environmental compliance document preparation.

About the Tonto National Forest: The Tonto National Forest (TNF) is located directly adjacent to the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and is one of the most heavily visited in the nation. It is a unique forest because it was created in 1905 specifically to protect the water supply for the Phoenix area. From the desert to tall timber, the TNF contains a spectacular 2.9 million acres of cactus, chaparral, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer country north and east of Phoenix right up to the edge of the Mogollon Rim. The Forest is the fifth largest in the United States and has five Ranger Districts operating in a complex, sensitive political atmosphere. Streams on the forest range from the large (and well known) Verde and Salt Rivers that are the water supply for the City of Phoenix, to the small desert perennial streams such as Cave and Camp Creek. Overall, there are almost 700 miles of perennial streams on the TNF. Work for this position will take place in the office (or virtually from the participants home depending on the current COVID mitigations in place) and in the field with an approximately 50/50 split between office and field work. The Tonto NF has a year-round field season and conditions can vary from snow in the northern portions of the forest to 100 degree temperatures in the desert during the summer.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability to hike for up to 8 miles per day and camp for multiple days at a time in a wilderness setting.
  • Knowledge of computer software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Skill in working independently within deadlines to complete projects and assignments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS and remote sensing

Education and Qualifications:

Preferred: Undergraduate or masters degree in hydrology, geology, engineering, ecology, environmental planning or natural resources management.

Required: A passion for water resources and public lands. If you do not have a degree in one of the areas listed above, but have a passion for water resources and are willing to learn please apply as well.

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