Watershed Technician


Gunnison Field OfficeWyoming State Office

Location: Gunnison, CO

Start Date: June 3, 2018

End Date: August 18, 2018

Related Degrees: BS or MS – Hydrology, Geology, Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources

Position Description:  This project lines up with two of the BLM’s priorities for 2018: “Making America Great Through Shared Conservation Stewardship” and “Serving the American Family”. At the field office scale, these BLM priorities are being implemented through land health assessment for zone 6 which is used for grazing permit renewals. Also, work would involve data collection and implementation for a multi-partner habitat restoration project for Gunnison sage-grouse, a threatened species. Both these subjects are Gunnison Field Office priorities.

The intern would work with another intern hired through Colorado Youth Corps Association and Western Colorado Conservation Corps. He/She will primarily work in the field throughout the Gunnison Field Office, conducting inventories of soils, springs and roads for land health assessment in zone 6.

He/She will collect the following types of data: Soils data for land health assessments.

  • Collect the following soil health indicators: evidence of rills and gullies; presence/absence of ground cover; evidence of water flow patterns; evidence of pedestaling or terracettes; and presence of litter movement.

Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health (http://www.blm.gov/nstc/library/pdf/1734-6.pdf).

  • Assess condition of roads and trails.
  • Inventory headcuts and gullies.

He/she will inventory all springs within the project area, using Level 1 Protocol for Springs, Peat lands, and other Groundwater Dependent Wetlands (http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/projects/gwde/documentation/index.shtml). Spring inventories will collect data on geology, water quality, spring types, discharge, and UTM’s of each site.

  • As time allows, collect pH, DO, specific conductance, and discharge of streams.
  • Conduct PFC assessments of streams


Gunnison Climate Change Adaptation-Gunnison sage-grouse restoration He/She will gain on the job training in site selection and design of restoration practices. Work with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, Colorado

Natural Heritage Program, and Bio-logic.

  • As needed, work with Western Colorado Conservation Corps crews to construct rock structures using methods in Zeedyk and Clothier (2014).
  • GPS completed structures and collect the following data:
  • Structure type, i.e. one rock dam, media luna up, lay back
  • Structure dimensions in feet: longitudinal length, cross sectional length, depth
  • Structure identification number.

Zeedyk, B and Clothier, 2014. Let The Water Do The Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels, 2nd edition. Quivira Coalition.

In addition, he/she will assist partner watershed groups in Lake City and Crested Butte conduct synoptic water quality monitoring of streams with abandoned mines.

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