Hydrology Intern

Tonto National Forest
Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Job Description
Title: Tonto National Forest Hydrology Intern (1 position)  

Start/End Date: October 7, 2019 – August 21, 2020 (anticipated)

Salary: $500/week (+Education Award)

Term: 46 weeks

Reports To: Kelly Mott Lacroix (Forest Hydrologist)

Location: Tonto National Forest (2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006)

Status: 1700-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $5,920 after successful completion of the internship. The Corps Network health insurance provided by Cigna, AmeriCorps child care assistance.


Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.

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 six 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. The Tonto holds 12 instream flow water right claims and has pending applications for 10 more.

Position Summary:

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 and streams. The primary focus of this position will be completing the inventory and assessment of 164 springs within the Verde River Watershed on the Tonto NF. The position will involve up to 75% field work and approximately 25% office work. Many of the un-surveyed springs are within wilderness areas; therefore applicants must be willing to hike for up to 8 miles per day and camp for multiple days at a time in the wilderness. 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 field tasks such as water quality sampling, stream gauge installation, and stream surveys. 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. Housing is not provided.

 Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Assist with the inventory and assessment of springs and streams.
  • Assist with hydrology field tasks such as water quality sampling, stream gauge installation, and stream surveys.
  • 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 subjects to support document preparation.
  • Performing routine office tasks including data entry and file management.
Required Skills
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Interest and background in environmental planning, natural resources, and/or recreational use of public lands.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate professionalism, both in demeanor and appearance.
  • High attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Knowledge of natural resource management or environmental planning.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check, and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Environmental Studies, or another environmental/conservation related field.
  • Previous experience or education in hydrology, geology, ecology or natural resources management.

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.. May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Participant Essential Eligibility Requirements:

Participation and Expedition Behavior:

  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions. This may require problem solving on an interpersonal or group level as well as a willingness to accept differences. 
  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program including conservation projects, education, training, and national service. Members must commit to participating in all agency/team activities, including service days in local communities where applicable. 
  • Effectively communicate ideas and concerns as they arise directly to supervisors, colleagues, and organization staff. 
  • Appropriately represent the Arizona Conservation Corps, Tonto National Forest, and AmeriCorps to the public and partners at all times.
  • Learn and practice ‘Leave no Trace’ outdoor living techniques.

Safety and Judgment: 

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of danger others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury or need for assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
  • Effectively perceive, understand, and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute techniques to manage hazards. 
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions. 
  • Respond appropriately to stress or crises.
  • If taking prescriptions medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Substance Free:

  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property.

Job Location: 

Phoenix, AZ. Work may occur at locations up to 150+ miles from Phoenix, necessitating the use of a government vehicle to drive to and return from these events. Office location: 2324 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006.

To Apply:  

Please submit a resume and cover letter along with the online application. If you have questions, contact AZCC’s Individual Placement Support Coordinator Preston Sands at psands@conservationlegacy.org.

For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy. 

Job Location
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Position Type
500.00 - 500.00 USD