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Two field crew positions are available as part of a multi-agency project evaluating long-term vegetation dynamics in the sagebrush-steppe of central Washington ( The project is a collaboration between the University of Washington, The Ohio State University, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fieldwork will take place in and around the Yakima Training Center and the Arid Lands Ecology Reserve (Hanford Reach National Monument). The position is best suited to mature, upper- level undergraduates or recent graduates who are considering advanced study or professional work in plant ecology or range management.
Specific duties include:
 Relocate permanent vegetation monitoring plots, and rephotograph photopoints
 Collect vegetation cover and plant density data using established methodologies
 Identify plants to species using botanical keys, and prepare herbarium specimens
 Assist with day-to-day field logistics
 Input data into database and perform quality assurance
 Experience in standard vegetation sampling techniques, familiarity with basic surveying tools
 Two years of college credits with a focus on range ecology, botany, or a related field, or two years of
relevant work experience
 Good physical condition, and able to work long hours in variable weather
 Washington state drivers license and experience driving off-road
 Neat and legible handwriting
 Able to work and live cooperatively with others
 U.S. citizenship, and no felony offenses - all individuals must pass a background check before being
permitted onto the Yakima Training Center
 Familiarity with the flora of sagebrush-steppe systems is desirable
Salary: $15-17/hour, depending upon experience and qualifications
Duration: Approximately 8 weeks with some part-time weeks - April 1 through June 15, 2017 Crews will be in the field for extended periods (up to 10 consecutive days); housing and food will be provided while in the field.
To apply, send the following materials electronically:
 One-page, hand-written cover letter (scanned) describing qualifications and specific dates of
 Contact information for two references knowledgeable about your work ethic and relevant
 Computer generated resume
Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2017. For more information, please contact:
 Claire Wainwright, Research Associate, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington, Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 (; 925-549-8420)
 Jon Bakker, Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of
Washington, Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 (; 206-221-3864)


Water Resources Intern for Agriculture Program -- Summer 2017

This internship position will assist with water rights and water supply related work for DNR's Agriculture and Water Resources Program with a focus on data organization.  DNR manages a large and diverse portfolio of state water rights and irrigation district water allotments for irrigation of over 45,000 acres of state trust lands leased by the Agriculture Program.  The intern will work with the program's hydrogeologist and duties will include:
Assisting with organization, tracking, and database design and population for DNR's water rights and wells.  Work includes reviewing water right documents and well information and using GIS and related databases.
Helping to design and implement DNR's water use measurement and metering program and database.
Providing support for DNR's well route which measures and tracks long term water level trends in wells and aquifers relied on for irrigation water supply.

Applicant must be a full-time student (12+ credits/quarter) majoring in Natural Resources Management, Geology, Geography, Computer Science, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences or related field and will be returning to school in a following quarter/semester.
Database skills.
Critical thinking skills.
Practicing Knowledge of GIS.
Strong data organization skills.
Desire to learn and strong work ethic.
Ability to work in databases, GIS and Microsoft office products including Excel and Word.

Knowledge of water rights and Washington state water law.
Knowledge of irrigation practices and agriculture.
Knowledge of hydrogeology and/or water resources management.
Practical experience in database design as relates to natural resources.

Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of hire.
Supplemental Information


This recruitment is open to anyone who meets the required qualifications for this position.
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