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 www.streamkeeper.org.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Must be able to follow stringent protocols precisely.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Send an email message describing your interest in the project and a brief resume that describes your qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be received by June 11. Successful candidates should be able to begin work on the project no later than June 28.