The Ausable River Association (AsRA), a nonprofit conservation organization based in the Adirondack Park, with a mission of helping communities protect our stream and lakes, seeks a qualified individual to perform stream monitoring, assessment, and manage restoration projects under our Healthy Streams program. This is a full-time position with a starting salary range of $45,000 – 52,000, dependent on experience, with excellent health, dental, vision, savings, and paid time off benefits. Applications due by September 15. Review is ongoing.
Perform stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), channel and topographic surveys, function-based and stream habitat assessments, and contribute to the design and implementation, e.g. permitting assistance, cost estimate, and construction oversight, of in-stream restoration projects and culvert replacements. Opportunities for intensive training and mentoring to advance skills and knowledge will be available. The ideal candidate shall have the skills necessary to develop and pursue a regional monitoring and assessment effort to document the long-term effects of restoration projects and geomorphic potential of regional streams.
• Qualified candidates will hold a four-year degree related to their profession. Degrees of interest include environmental science, ecology, hydrology, geology, geomorphology, engineering, landscape architecture, biology, forestry, or related field.
• Candidates must, at minimum, have basic survey skills, i.e. the ability to perform basic stream surveys autonomously and with limited direction, a knowledge of hydrology, hydraulics, and geomorphology, and some experience applying these to stream restoration or mitigation projects, culvert replacements, or floodplain management.
• Preferred candidates will have at least 3 years direct experience in ecosystem restoration or mitigation projects, stream, wetland, floodplain surveys and assessments, design of culverts that meet aquatic organism passage standards per the US Forest Service, environmental permitting, and/or environmental field assessments.
• Training in natural channel design techniques, in particular Rosgen methods and the “Function-Based Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration Projects” (Harman and Starr) is preferred.
• Working knowledge of Arc GIS.
• Facility with other computer programs including HEC-RAS, CAD, and RiverMorph preferred.
• Qualified candidates will have strong written and verbal communication skills and be at ease with people with diverse backgrounds and experience.
• She/he/they will be committed to our mission of helping communities protect the clean waters, healthy streams, and diverse habitats of the Ausable watershed.
Please send a resume, a cover letter describing your interest and addressing the qualifications above, a writing sample, and contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. See full job description at www.ausableriver.org/about-us/employment.