The Huron Pines AmeriCorps program has been developing leaders in conservation in communities across Michigan since 2007. Huron Pines AmeriCorps members strive to enhance Michigan’s natural resources and foster environmental stewardship by engaging local volunteers, community groups and schools in service projects, hands-on learning opportunities and educational workshops.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests, located in northern lower Michigan, includes 1,800 miles of streams and rivers and 17,000 acres of lakes. The Forest Service strives to protect water quality, fisheries, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational opportunities on these waters. The rivers and lakes of the Huron National Forest are critically important to the culture and the environment of the region. These water bodies are heavily used for recreation by locals and visitors alike. The Forest Service is tasked with managing the land to provide abundant opportunities for use, while minimizing damage to the ecosystem. The Water Quality Coordinator will be directly engaged in assisting us with this important mission. The member will have opportunities to experience a wide range of the field duties performed by the Forest Service
This AmeriCorps position as Water Quality Coordinator for the east zone of the forest (Mio and Huron Shores Ranger Districts) will help build and lead monitoring programs for aquatic invasive species and water quality. The AmeriCorps member will also perform public outreach to educate anglers, boaters, and other forest visitors about aquatic invasive species. Competitive candidates for this position will have experience collecting water quality samples and data in the field and will have demonstrated the ability to lead projects and successfully engage with internal and external stakeholders. Training or experience identifying aquatic macroinvertebrates and aquatic macrophytes is desired. Comfort working around water and on small boats is required.
The Water Quality Coordinator will be stationed at the Mio Ranger District in Mio, Michigan.
This position will develop and lead water quality monitoring, aquatic invasive species monitoring and education programs. Members' service will entail office (computer-based) tasks as well as extensive fieldwork.
Most fieldwork will occur within a 1.5-hour drive from the office and overnight travel is not anticipated. Office items will include researching and writing field work protocols, project plans, and reports, uploading data, creating spreadsheets and geospatial layers, developing signage and public outreach materials, and coordinating with partners. The Water Quality Coordinator will spend most of their time in the field during the summer months. Occasional field visits will also be conducted during the winter, spring, and fall. Field duties are described in the position description (below).
Fieldwork will be performed under variable weather conditions (heat, sun, wind, rain, and snow). Field tasks will require lifting objects up to 40 lbs, stooping, sitting, and standing for extended periods of time, wading in streams and rivers, operating handheld power tools, operating an outboard motor, paddling a kayak and canoe, and driving to and from field sites. Safety training and personal protective equipment will be provided for major field tasks and careful adherence to agency safety protocols and procedures is required.
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Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field (such as Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, Hydrology, or similar)
Past experience collecting water quality samples and data in the field
Comfort working around water and on small skiffs and paddle-craft
State issued Driver’s License in good standing
Personal commitment to contribute towards a safe, healthy, and diverse workplace
Aquatic macroinvertebrates and aquatic macrophyte identification skills
GIS and data management skills
Project leadership experience
Outboard motor operation, boating, and trailer towing experience
Environmental education/public engagement experience