U.S. nationals: Hydrology Resource Assistant

Coronado National Forest
Tucson, AZ, United States
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Job Description
Title: Coronado National Forest Hydrology Resource Assistant (1 position) 

Start/End Date: January 11, 2021 – July 9, 2021 (anticipated)

Stipend: $520/week

Term: 26 weeks

Reports To: Jennifer Varin (USFS Watershed Program Manager)

Location: Coronado National Forest Supervisors Office (300 W. Congress Street, Tucson, AZ 85701)

Status: 900-hour AmeriCorps Service Term

Benefits: AmeriCorps Education Award $3,097.50 after successful completion of the internship. Two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility and Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) through the USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP)*

Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC):

Arizona Conservation Corps, a program of Conservation Legacy, aims to continue the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. AZCC is focused on connecting youth, young adults, and recent era military veterans with conservation service work projects on public lands. AZCC operates programs across Arizona that engage individuals and strengthen communities through service and conservation. AZCC has program offices in Flagstaff and Tucson.

Coronado National Forest:

The Coronado National Forest consists of Five Ranger Districts and a Supervisor’s Office. One District office is located in each of the following Southern Arizona Communities; Douglas, Nogales, Safford, and Sierra Vista. The Santa Catalina District Office is in Tucson as is the Supervisor’s Office. This position is based in Tucson at the Supervisor’s Office. Housing is not provided.

Position Summary:

The Hydrology Resource Assistants shall assist the Coronado National Forest prepare the water rights data for the San Pedro Adjudication, which is a subset of the Gila River Adjudication. The Resource Assistants will assist with the review of water rights data, assist with the correction of any discrepancies, and organize information supporting water rights claims. They will learn about creating digital maps through U.S. Forest Service software. The Resource Assistants will also learn about water rights adjudications and what is needed for successful water rights claims. Further, they will learn about methods currently used for tracking water rights and use these data sources to research water rights claim information. Additional experiences may include assignments to other functional areas to gain understanding of how other functions operate and how hydrologic information may be used for these related disciplines.

Essential Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Compile water rights data into an acceptable database format.
  • Create water rights location and status maps using ArcMap.
  • Work with Forest Service staff to acquire details of water rights data that needs to be updated.
  • Work with Forest Service staff, Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), and Water Rights and Uses (WRU) to acquire the data needed to support water rights data updates.
  • Use a spreadsheet to document, organize, and track water rights data that needs to be updated with ADWR.
  • Work with Forest Service and ADWR staff to fill out forms correctly to update water rights data. Create and print maps from ArcMap or designated websites acceptable to ADWR in order to document water rights locations and as supporting documentation for these forms.
  • Coordinate with Forest Service staff and ADWR staff on the status of water rights data updates and enter status into a tracking spreadsheet.
Required Skills
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that includes at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources.
  • Ability to take initiative and work alone or in small groups with minimal supervision.
  • General computer experience and skills including Microsoft Office, Adobe, ArcGIS, Skype, etc.
  • Ability to navigate, construct, enter, compile and extract data from databases.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal history background check and should possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a physical or natural science field listed above.
  • Interest in pursuing a career with the Federal Government.  
  • Good communication skills, both orally and written.

Physical Requirements:

  • To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc... May be required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl for significant periods of time and be able to safely lift 50 pounds on a routine basis.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Participation and Expedition Behavior:

  • Contribute to a safe learning environment; no harassment of others for any reason.
  • Work effectively as a member of a team despite potentially stressful and difficult conditions.
  • Willingness and ability to complete all aspects of the program.
  • Appropriately represent AmeriCorps, Arizona Conservation Corps, and the U.S. Forest Service at all times, including properly wearing the agency uniform.

 Safety and Judgement:

  • Effectively communicate danger to others in the form of either a warning of dangers others may be encountering or a notification of personal distress, injury, or need of assistance. Must be able to do so at a distance of up to 50 meters and in conditions with limited visibility or loud background noise such as darkness or high winds.
  • Effectively perceive, understand and follow direction by others so that you will be able to successfully execute appropriate and perhaps unfamiliar techniques to manage hazards. These directions may be given before the hazard is encountered or may need to be given during exposure to the hazard. Ability to respond appropriately to stress or crises that may arise.
  • Stay alert and focused for several hours at a time while traveling and working in varied weather conditions.
  • If taking prescription medications, participants must be able to maintain proper dosage by self-medicating without assistance from others.

Environmental Ethics:

  • Learn and practice “Leave No Trace” techniques.

Substance Free:

  • In accordance to a drug free workplace, alcohol and drugs are prohibited while participating in AmeriCorps and program activities and while on organization property. 

*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions.  

To Apply:  Please submit an updated resume, cover letter, and three professional references along with the online application at https://azcorps.org/individual-placement-openings . If you have questions, contact AZCC’s Individual Placement Support Coordinator Preston Sands at psands@conservationlegacy.org.

For more information on the USFS Coronado National Forest, please visit their website at www.fs.usda.gov/Coronado

For more information about Arizona Conservation Corps, please visit www.azcorps.org. Arizona Conservation Corps is a program of Conservation Legacy.

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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