Summer Intern positions – due 6/11 – Adopt-a-stream

Trout Stream Exhibit – Unpaid Student Internships

The mission of the Adopt A Stream Foundation (AASF) is “to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds.  To expand its mission capabilities, AASF is developing the Northwest Stream Center: a regional environmental learning facility with stream and wetland ecology & fish and wildlife habitat restoration as its central themes.  More information about AASF can be found at

AASF is in the final stages of constructing a Trout Stream Exhibit.  “Our biological goal,” says AASF Director Tom Murdoch, “is to create habitat suitable for a self-sustaining population of cutthroat trout.”  Once this exhibit is complete and a complementary raised boardwalk interpretive trail through complex wetland/forest environments next to nearby North Creek is constructed, AASF plans to provide up to 45,000 visitors a year with stream and wetland ecology basic training.

The outdoor Exhibit is 95% complete.  It includes a 160’-long stream channel that leads to a pond that is approximately 1/3 acre in surface area (that pond was restored from a parking lot that was a wetland).  The headwater structure includes viewing windows into pool and riffle habitats.  Electrical and mechanical systems are in place that can provide capacity for stream flows of over 1 cubic-foot per second.

Now, AASF is recruiting up to 10 unpaid student interns who will work as a team to complete “fish and wildlife habitat” in the exhibit.  Duties will include but not be limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities: to be carried out a minimum of two-days a week between June 28 and August 31, 2010.

  • Planting and maintaining riparian vegetation around the stream
  • Adjusting stream liners as necessary
  • Installing grade control structures to prevent gravel from flowing downstream
  • Monitoring flows during test operations
  • Monitoring changes in the biota (vertebrates and invertebrates) of the downstream pond and the stream channel after the stream system begins to flow on a regular basis
  • Monitoring temperature and dissolved oxygen level
  • Cleaning water re-circulation intake screen
  • Harvesting aquatic plant growth in the Exhibit’s pond
  • Monitor wildlife use of the system
  • Analyzing data
  • Other duties as required


  1. Should be currently enrolled in half- or full-time studies at an accredited two or four-year college or university; graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  2. Must be able to work under strenuous field conditions, be able to carry up to 40 lbs. of materials, and wade in a deep pond.
  3. Must be able to follow stringent protocols precisely.
  4. Must be experienced with computers for information entry and retrieval, and developing data spreadsheets and graphs.  Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel and Word.  Experience with statistical analysis desirable.
  5. Should have course work in natural resources with emphasis on stream/wetland ecology, and/or fish and wildlife science. Knowledge of NW botany is desirable.
  6. Must pass a background security check.

Participation in this project may provide the ingredients necessary to complete a Capstone or Thesis project.  It may also qualify for interdisciplinary credits; check with your faculty advisor.

Application Process:

Send an email message describing your interest in the project and a brief resume that describes your qualifications to  Applications should be received by June 11.  Successful candidates should be able to begin work on the project no later than June 28.