Promoting Wise Management of Natural Resources in Greene County, New York Since 1961


SCA Stream Stewardship Intern (5 month term)

Expected Dates: June 5, 2017 to November 5, 2017

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) 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.

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