The intern will be responsible for:
• Revisiting and organizing the data for the Harding’s Run stream reach.
• Performing field investigations to become familiar with hydrological characteristics of the park.
• Installing missing bank pins at Harding’s Run and new pins at Gambrill Mill.
• Creating new stream sketches to note changes from previous assessments.
• Conducting cross-section and longitudinal profile surveys of the stream reach.
• Taking various measurements and collecting data for discharge, stream habitat, pebble counts, etc.
• Performing mathematical computations involving the use of algebra and geometry. Using a calculator, mathematical tables, and graphs in making calculations.
• Using spreadsheets to plot survey and substrate data.
• Determining Rosgen stream type and writing a final report about the current habitat conditions and stressors of the stream.
• Collecting ArcGIS data on stream features.
• Assisting with planning for modifying potential new trail bridges and stream crossings.
• Participating in check-in meetings with supervisor.
• Assisting park natural resource staff with natural resource related projects as needed.
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
The hydrology intern’s management and collection of stream data will help the park to learn more about its resources and how to better manage and preserve them for this and future generations. With increased local development, and the resulting increase in stormwater runoff, these surveys will help document any potential changes to stream morphology and condition. Data created will also be used to create educational materials for the public, and management documents.