Forest hydrology technician
Forest Engineering Resources & Management
OSU campus laboratory and various forested field sites
Description of project or research opportunity:
The student will receive broad training in forest hydrology as they contribute to a range of research projects as a member of the Forest Ecohydrology and Watershed Science (FEWS) laboratory (http://fews.forestry.oregonstate.edu/). For example, the student will be exposed to research projects investigating the impacts of forest harvesting, wildfire, or post-fire forest management operations on stream hydrology, soil-water dynamics, physical water quality (i.e., stream temperature, sediment), chemical water quality, and aquatic ecosystem health. Additionally, the student may have the opportunity to work on research projects investigating plant-water relations and forest drought stress. Studies occur both in the laboratory and in the field at the hillslope, stream reach, and watershed scale in forested, headwater catchments of Oregon. More specifically, the student will be introduced to concepts and field techniques in basic hydrological measurements (e.g., stage, discharge), soil hydraulic properties measurements (e.g., infiltration, soil moisture), micrometeorological measurement (e.g., rain gauges, air temperature, wind speeds, radiation, etc.), water quality measurements (e.g., stream temperature, turbidity, sediment, etc.), and dendrochronology methods with tree rings. All field and laboratory work will follow COVID-19 safety protocols established by the FEWS lab, College of Forestry, and Oregon State University. The student will be trained in laboratory procedures that involve a high level of organization and attention to detail. Laboratory and field safety (e.g., check-in protocols, hazard awareness, etc.) will be one of the most important learning aspects that the protégé will receive while working in my lab, which will be critical for safety throughout their career. The specific work schedule is flexible and will be co-developed with the mentor and student based on the students’ availability.
Tasks student will perform:
• Analysis of tree rings for carbon isotopes • Calibration of hydrometric field equipment (e.g., water quality Sondes, current meters, rain gauges, thermistors, pressure transducers, ISCOs, etc.) prior to deployment • Installation of hydrometric field equipment at field sites. Includes installation of stilling wells, staff gauges, water quality Sondes, thermistors, ISCOs, and meteorological stations. • Field visits to maintain equipment, download data from data loggers, retrieve sample bottles from ISCOs, collect data on soil hydraulic properties, and collect instantaneous measurements of water quality and discharge. • Laboratory analysis of water samples for physical and chemical water quality. • Laboratory analysis of soil samples for soil hydraulic properties. • Laboratory analysis of soil samples for carbon and nitrogen concentrations. • Data QA/QC.
Special skills required:
• Detail oriented • Positive attitude • Passion for learning • Self motivated • Ability to work on tedious tasks • Problem solving skills • Interest in forest hydrology
Hourly rate of pay:
Proposed dates of employment:
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 to Saturday, June 12, 2021
Anticipated hours worked per week:
Mentored Employment Program
COVID-19 Pandemic Response:
If work must be entirely remote, we will provide the student with opportunities to develop important skills in data analysis, data exploration, and computer programming. For field and lab activities we will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols established by the FEWS lab, College of Forestry, and Oregon State University