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Job Title: Steam Inventory Internship for the Mt. Hood National Forest, Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (4-6 positions available) with work on the Mt. Baker Snolqualmie National Forest

Dates: Begins with training in Pendleton, OR June 17 – 21; Preferable end date: September 25th, 2012. End date is negotiable but would like 12 week commitment if possible.

Application Deadline: Open until filled.


$150/week stipend, paid weekly through electronic deposit

Free housing provided by government

Work-related equipment such as specialized wading boots, waders and general survey gear

One week of Stream Inventory Training in Pendleton, OR (paid for by Government)

Government vehicle provided for travel to and from work site and limited personal needs, i.e. grocery store

Initial reimbursement for mileage from home to worksite (inquire for details)


Work Schedule: 40 hours/week, Monday-Thursday. No work on holidays or weekends expected

General Duties:

Crews, typically two people, work from mouth to headwater collecting stream data

This includes data on stream habitats, stream and riparian conditions, fish presence (snorkeling), wildlife sightings, types of management activities (harvest units, water diversions, etc.) and recreational activities

Substantial travel (using government vehicle) may be required from a main base as stream sites are spread over four forests. Camping may be used to cut down on travel time. Limited camping gear is available

The job teaches data collection methods using a documented Stream Inventory Protocol and encompasses many disciplines such as fisheries, ecology, botany, wildlife, and hydrology.


Qualifications – Internship Requirements:

18 years of age or older

High school degree at minimum

A valid driver’s license

Ability to hike long distances over varied terrain (brushy, steep slopes, etc.), including streams and slippery surfaces. Willingness to work in all types of weather conditions. Must also be able to swim.

Interest or education in fisheries, ecology, botany, wildlife, hydrology or any related field recommended but not required.

Willingness to learn and desire to be an integral member of a survey team with the USDA Forest Service.

Interest in gaining experience working in the forest and seeing the interactions of streams and the landscape.


To Apply or if you have questions: Send or e-mail résumé, cover letter and a list of three references to:

Katie Serres, Mt. Hood National Forest Fisheries Biologist

595 Industrial Way

Estacada OR 97023 , 503-630-8784 or 503-799-5856 (cell)

The USDA Forest Service is an equal opportunity employer and provider.