The National Park Service (NPS) serves as a steward for the preservation of America's national parks and their resources. In 1998, the NPS initiated a natural resource Inventory and Monitoring Program. The purpose of the program was to develop a baseline inventory of significant natural resources in national parks and to monitor these natural resources over time. The program now includes more than 270 national parks organized into 32 networks. The Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) consists of five Alaskan parks (Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alagnak National Wild River, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve). The SWAN is hiring a seasonal crew member responsible for implementing its freshwater monitoring protocol in the field. The protocol covers a range of water quality and water quantity parameters (e.g., temperature, pH, turbidity, stage, discharge) measured in lakes and streams using various types of equipment (e.g., sondes, temperature loggers, pressure transducers, ADCPs). The crew member will also implement SWAN air quality and freshwater contaminants protocols. Previous motorized boat handling experience is a plus. For more information regarding SWAN monitoring, please see https://www.nps.gov/im/swan/monitoring.htm. Some specific duties of the job include:
Collecting various types of hydrologic data in the field using standard methods, practices, and procedures;
Using judgment to adjust the methods, practices, and procedures, when necessitated by conditions in the field;
Calibrating, programing and troubleshooting electronic water quality/quantity data recording devices;
Using standard computer software to input, organize and summarize data;
Using a specialized database to store, correct, and grade data;
Undertaking quality control procedures to identify gaps and inconsistencies in data;
Producing preliminary reports and informal presentations summarizing routine phases of water quality investigations; and
Working with diverse individuals under a variety of conditions, including remote wilderness settings.
For details on requirements (i.e., qualifications and conditions of employment), please see https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/589023500.
U.S. Citizenship required.