Watershed and Fisheries Technician – AmeriCorps, West Virginia

Monongahela National Forest
Bartow, WV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$!375 per month stipend, $6495 education award, and federal job competitive status
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
If you are a motivated individual seeking an excellent early career steppingstone in watershed science, fisheries, aquatic ecology, and conservation education then read on. The Monongahela National Forest Watershed Program is actively engaged in conserving, restoring, and enhancing fisheries and the watersheds upon which they depend in the central Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Brook Trout, endangered Candy Darter, sensitive species such as Hellbender and associated cold-water ecosystems are the focus of these efforts. Habitat improvements include stream restoration efforts (e.g., large woody material additions, riparian planting), aquatic organism passage improvement (e.g., culvert replacement), and road decommissioning. A major focus of this position is planning and implementing the river snorkeling program for community outreach and education on the importance of fish, aquatic ecology, and watersheds. Since snorkeling only occurs in the summer, an abundance of time during the term allows for experience in watershed and fisheries habitat improvement, monitoring, restoration, and research. Additional opportunities and/or requirements to assist other programs (e.g., wildlife, botany, timber, recreation, etc) exist. The selected individual will work as an AmeriCorps member through the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area program. Supervision and the majority of work will be orchestrated by Monongahela National Forest personnel. The selected individual will be expected to work independently in both office and field settings with minimal supervision at times and with close supervision or in team settings in many other situations. Winter work is primarily project planning and office-based work. Fall, spring and summer will include substantial outdoor field work. Field work may be physically demanding with hiking, wading streams, high/low temperature extremes, and dense vegetation to be expected. AmeriCorps members have a focused, individualized project requirement. This project can be field work/research based or can focus on education/outreach. The project can also combine both a research and an outreach component. It is the responsibility of the selected individual to develop and implement their project with input and approval from their supervisor. Positions will begin in early September 2022, with most completing the term by mid-August 2023. Each member will commit to completing a minimum of 1700 hours of service within no more than a 12 month period. Some flexibility in start and end dates exists. Potential Field Duties: • culvert and road failure analysis • instream habitat surveys • fish and other biological sampling • tree planting • restoration project implementation • riparian surveys • water quality monitoring Potential Analysis Duties: • restoration project development and design • data entry and analysis • quantitative watershed research • technical writing Community Outreach and Education: Members have the opportunity to help strengthen communities through environmentally-based public outreach activities that include assisting in the organization of environmental education fairs, delivering presentations to community members, classrooms, and service groups, coordinating a hands-on community restoration project, and staffing public information booths at fairs and other public events. Members may also promote watershed conservation awareness in K-12 classrooms by developing curricula, and engaging students, teachers, and community members in hands-on restoration projects. The Monongahela National Forest has a robust river snorkeling outreach program that has been a huge success and it will continue to be a large part of the AmeriCorps member’s duties to plan and implement this program. Benefits: • $1375 per month stipend • Reduced cost housing • No-cost health care • An education award of $6,495 upon successful completion of service • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans • Potential for non-competitive Federal job status upon completion of term Position will start early September 2022. Positions are full-time for 11 ½ months. How to Apply: Submit a cover letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to chad.m.landress@usda.gov Applicants interested in this position as well as other positions in the area should apply at https://www.appalachianforestnha.org/become-an-americorps to begin the AmeriCorps process independent of National Forest requirements. Deadline to apply is July 14, 2022 Contact Information: If you have any questions about this position, please contact Chad Landress, Fisheries Biologist for the Monongahela National Forest at chad.m.landress@usda.gov
Required • Interest in fisheries, aquatic ecology, and watershed protection • Ability to work as a productive member of a team, as well as independently • Collect and compile neat and accurate data • Dedication to serving the community • Valid driver’s license • Ability to work long days under strenuous field conditions • US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien Preferred • GIS experience/GPS handheld experience • Fisheries, aquatic ecology, and/or watershed educational or experience background • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Comfortable driving on narrow, muddy forest roads • Experience with snorkel or scuba techniques • Comfortable providing outreach to various school-age children • Experience with hand tools and power tools • Experience with data management, entry, and/or analysis
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Chad Landress, Forest Fisheries Biologist
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