2011 Summer Employment
Northwest Forest Plan Watershed Monitoring Program (AREMP)
What kind of work is involved?
Technicians will be assigned to field crews that will collect stream channel information, water quality and amphibian data. Crews will work for the Northwest Forest Plan Monitoring Program in selected watersheds “West of the High Cascades” from Northern Washington to Central California (See map). Fieldwork is physically demanding because of the steep terrain and remote access of sampling sites.
You’ll be using top-of-the-line gear and the latest survey techniques to monitor and sample in-channel attributes, e.g., number of pools, large wood, amphibian species, macroinvertebrates, stream slope, and water chemistry variables.
We use a variety of tools to map channel profiles. We collect data on channel gradient, sinuosity, and bankfull width. Additionally we collect data on pools, such as, frequency and residual depth.
We collect information on large wood, fine substrate, and large substrate distribution using very reliable instruments such as tape measures and meter sticks.
We collect water chemistry data using sophisticated water chemistry meters that measure temperature, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen in the field.
We conduct timed ground searches for terrestrial amphibians, timed searches for invasive species, and use a standard kick net sampling technique for aquatic macroinvertebrates.