Hydrologic Technician

Expected Dates
March 2, 2015 to January 9, 2016
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The intern’s primary duties will involve assisting the Regional Hydrologist with ongoing hydrologic monitoring at Great Dismal Swamp NWR.  The monitoring effort is focusing on the dynamics of water movement in 130 miles of ditches at the refuge.  The work will involve a variety of disciplines but will focus on techniques for monitoring surface water and groundwater hydrology.  Some of the primary duties of the intern will include: 1) measuring streamflow, 2) installing and maintaining electronic water level recorders, 3) installing shallow groundwater monitoring wells, 4) monitoring water levels in ditches and groundwater wells, 5)manipulating water levels in refuge ditches using the refuge’s network of 35 water control structures,  and 6) assisting with elevation surveys of the refuge’s ditches .   In addition, the intern will assist the Regional Hydrologist with gathering, collating, and organizing existing water resources information related to other national wildlife refuges in the Northeast.  This additional work supports the National Wildlife Refuge System’s nationwide Water Resources Inventory and Assessment (WRIA) effort.  The intern will be supervised by the Region 5 Regional Hydrologist, stationed at Great Dismal Swamp NWR.
  • The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge consists of over 112,000 acres of forested wetlands. Lake Drummond, at 3,100 acres and the largest natural lake in Virginia, is located in the heart of the swamp.
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Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience