What kind of work is involved?

Technicians will be assigned to field crews (four crews with three to four people in a crew) who are responsble for collecting data on multiple stream attributes including:

  • Channel Morphology: Measurments are collected for large wood, substrate, pools, channel gradient and bankfull width.
  • Water Chemistry: Water chemistry meters are used to measure temperature, specific conductance, and pH. Crews also collect samples of water to evaluate Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorous in streams.
  • Biological Sampling: We conduct timed searches for invasive species, collect aquatic macroinvertebrates and use eDNA to detect the presence of amphibians, fish and invasive species.

What is the location and work schedule?

Crews will work within the boundary of Northwest Forest Plan Monitoring Program in randomly selected watersheds “West of the High Cascades” from Northern Washington to Central California on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands. Fieldwork is physically demanding because of the steep/brush choked terrain with no trails to access sampling sites.

The season starts off with a two weeks of training where AREMP is based out of in Corvallis, Oregon. After two weeks in Corvallis we cap off our training with a four day training camp in the field. Then we work Wednesday to Wednesday, camping for 8 consecutive days followed by six days off (Thursday to Tuesday) . Our expected training and summer schedule is here.

What you need to know about working in the field:

  • You should expect to be camping and sleeping outdoors in remote areas, away from urban life for up to 8 days at a time. This may include camping at dispersed campsites without restroom facilities or running water.
  • Almost all of the sample sites are accessed with no trail so you should be prepared to hike down and up STEEP, mountainous terrain (downed logs, root wads, loose rocks/boulders with dense vegetation with backpacks weighing up to 30lbs. Surveyors are expected to be physically fit due to the demanding nature of the hikes to the sites.
  • You will be wading in cold mountain streams to collect data. We provide waders and wading boots to keep your feet warm.
  • Don’t forget to bring a good pair of hiking boots, no tennis shoes or open-toe shoes will be allowed while hiking into work sites. A few watersheds require backpacking up to eight miles in a day with backpacks weighing up to 50lbs.
  • The weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared to work in the rain, heat, and cold conditions (it may even snow).
  • Poison oak, ticks, mosquitoes, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and bees will be encountered during the summer. We will train you in prevention and care.
  • Because of working in remote locations, you have a better than average chance to see some unique wildlife, such as, black bears, cougars, bobcats, and rattlesnakes. We will provide you training to avoid any bad experiences with wildlife.

If you are up for the challenge, you will see some incredible scenery, witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets and experience some amazing places where most people never set foot.

Position Descriptions

Stream Survey Crew Leader (GS-6)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate leadership through actions and behaviors, by modeling respect for others, exhibiting professional behavior and ensuring safety is a top priority for the crew.
  • Distributes workload among crew members and checks status and progress of work, making necessary adjustments. Serves as the first-line interpreter of the protocol for crew members. Assesses working conditions and ensures work is done safely and efficiently.
  • Monitors performance and handles informal complaints among crew members. Reports on employee performance, and records work time and leave of employees.
  • Uses commonly accepted fisheries and aquatic techniques to collect a variety of field data concerning watershed health including, but not limited to: surveying channel profiles, tallying wood occurrences, measuring substrate dimensions, searching for invasive species, and collecting macroinvertebrate samples.
  • Organizes and reviews data from customized Excel spreadsheets to identify missing, illegible and/or incorrect data, and make necessary corrections. Downloads data from field data recorders and GPS units onto laptops.

Stream Survey Crew Member (GS-5 and ACE Interns)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to a positive team work environment that facilitates the collection of high quality data and encourages safe working conditions.
  • Foster team spirit and professionalism by modeling effective team behavior and treating others with respect.
  • Uses commonly accepted fisheries and aquatic techniques to collect a variety of field data concerning watershed health including, but not limited to: surveying channel profiles, tallying wood occurrences, measuring substrate dimensions, searching for invasive species, and collecting macroinvertebrate samples.
  • Ensures collected data are property entered into data forms.

Temperature Monitoring Crew Leader (GS-6)

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate leadership through actions and behaviors, by modeling respect for others, exhibiting professional behavior and ensuring safety is a top priority for the crew.
  • Calibrate, deploy, and download instream and air temperature sensors in 100+ watersheds on Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service lands in western Oregon and Washington.
  • Responsible for extensive planning and logistics to calibrate, download and deploy temperature sensors including mapping routes, finding campgrounds, navigating to remote sites, and occasional backpacking trips.
  • May assist stream survey crews by making independent decisions in the field regarding accessibility and if a sample site or watershed can be surveyed by the field crews.
  • Contacts district biologists in order to gain access to and obtain knowledge of watersheds.
  • Assists field coordinators with logistics by identifying and mapping routes to sites and reporting relevant information. Locates campsites and other necessities, such as radio contacts, water supplies, gas stations, hospitals and potential hazards for the safety of field crews.
Title Position Type Hourly Wage* # of Positions Time Period** Application Deadline
Stream Survey Crew Leader Biological Technician GS-6 (FISHERIES) $18.94 4 Apr 8 - Sep 25 Jan 14
Stream Survey Crew Member Biological Technician GS-5 (FISHERIES) $16.99 8-10 May 6 - Sep 25 Jan 14
Stream Survey Crew Member ACE stream survey technician Intern Stipend 5-7 May 6 - Sep 25 Feb 8
Temperature Monitoring Crew Leader Biological Technician GS-6 (FISHERIES)  $18.94 1 TBD Jan 14

*Wage is the minimum and could be higher depending on step level (depends on previous numbers of months at GS level)

**Starting/ending dates and number of positions may be subject to change.

IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU GET YOUR APPLICATION IN EARLY TO ENSURE IT IS SUBMITTED BEFORE WE PULL A LIST OF CANDIDATES. GENERALLY IT IS ADVISABLE TO HAVE YOUR APPLICATION IN BY January 14, 2019.

When will you be notifying people they were selected?

We hope to start making our GS job offers in mid February and the ACE Interns by the end of February, we aim to conclude all of our hiring by the end of March.

How to apply as an American Conservation Experience (ACE) Intern with AREMP

Can I be an ACE Intern?

  • Are you a US citizen?
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license?
  • Ability and willingness to undergo a federal criminal background check.

If you responded yes to these questions, YOU can apply for an ACE internship!

What does the ACE have to offer you?

  • A weekly housing stipend is provided throughout the length of the internship.
  • You will earn a cost of living stipend.
  • Accident insurance is provided for you at no cost.
  • Educational grants are available through ACE and Americorps.
  • If you are a college or graduate student you can earn academic credits.

Now the fun stuff!

  • Gain valuable field experience conducting stream surveys.
  • Establish contacts with scientists in the field of natural resources.
  • Work with new and interesting people.
  • Spend the summer outdoors, exploring the great Pacific Northwest from Northern Washington to Central California.
  • A work schedule with 6 days off between each 8-day survey stint provides plenty of time to get out and see new things (or just rest, relax and recuperate)!

Excited and want to learn more?

You can learn more about the ACE by visiting their website at //www.aceintern.org/.

Our positions are listed as stream survey technicians. Here are the steps to help you navigate through the site to find our internships:

  1. Go to "Programs" then click on Emerging Professional Intership Corps (EPIC).
  2. Click on “Positions Available” from the menu bar on the right of the page. This will bring you to a list of currently available internships.
  3. Look through the list for the stream survey technician positions based in Corvallis, OR.
  4. Important: Please apply as soon as possible to be eligible for selection.

If you need more information about the application process please contact the ACE EPIC Internship Program Manager at (801) 946-5379 or intern@usaconservation.org

How to apply for BLM Summer Employment with AREMP

For the 2019 field season, we will hire seasonal crew leaders at the GS-6 level. Crew members are hired at the GS-5 level. These positions are temporary and will not exceed 1039 hours of employment. This year the BLM is hiring all temporary positions through USA Jobs Online at https://www.usajobs.gov/. All crew leader and crew member positions are posted on USA Jobs as of November 15, 2018. If you are interested in these positions, please have your application as early as possible after the positions open. When applying for these positions, be sure to select any GS grade level you are willing to accept (you can select multiple for each position), and choose duty station as Corvallis, OR.

Breaking News: 2019 Seasonal Positions will open at USAJOBS on November 15, 2018

To apply for stream survey crew leader positions (Biological Science Technician - FISHERIES), search for the announcement number OR-TEMP-2019-0012 on USA Jobs. These jobs will open on November 15, 2018. Be sure to select GS-06 as the grade level and Corvallis as the duty station.

To apply for stream survey field crew member positions (Biological Science Technician - FISHERIES), search for the announcement number OR-TEMP-2019-0012 on USA Jobs. These jobs will open on November 15, 2018. Be sure to select GS-05 as the grade level, and choose Corvallis as the duty station.

Navigating the USAJobs Application Process

The system will prompt you to log in. If you have never logged in before, select “New User” and fill in the appropriate information, answering all questions. If you choose to paste your resume in USA Jobs, tabs will not appear as tabs so format accordingly. Another option is to upload a pdf or Microsoft Word file which will maintain your desired formatting. Just make sure you upload your most recent resume and it has your contact information on it! Include volunteer experience as well as paid work experience and indicate the percent of time spent doing specific job duties. Be very specific about the dates you worked in a particular position by using exact dates (i.e. May 28, 2014 to September 17, 2014) rather than seasons (i.e. summer 2014). Under “Additional Skills and Qualifications” include any job-specific skills you have, and specialized equipment that you have used. The resume on file in the system, at the date of the deadline of the position, will be submitted with your application.

After you submit your user information, the job description page should appear. Click “Apply for this Position” and answer the questions that follow, be certain to enter the appropriate grade level for the position and “Corvallis” as the duty station. When you click “Finished”, you will be unable to change your answers to the questions. It is a good idea to log out and log back in to insure that the application is on file, and the grade level and duty station are correct.

In addition to filing an online application through the USA Jobs Online website, please email a letter of interest to Mark Raggon at mraggon@fs.fed.us informing him that you have applied for the position. Please include “Summer Employment” and the position you are applying for in the subject line.

How do I get more information about AREMP employment?

Email any employment inquiries or questions to:
Mark Raggon at mark.raggon@usda.gov or Heidi Andersen at heidivandersen@fs.fed.us.