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For the past nine years, I have worked as a Hydrologic Technician with the USGS - Utah Water Science Center in Salt Lake City and the NRCS - Snow Survey Program in Boise, ID. My current job duties include maintaining the USGS network of stream-gaging stations which provide the public with real-time information regarding streamflow, water-quality, and groundwater data. Previous duties for the NRCS - Snow Survey Program included providing snow survey data collection and analyses regarding mountain snowpack conditions and water supply forecasting for the entire state of Idaho, western Wyoming, northern Nevada, and eastern Washington. I also spent five consecutive years actively engaged in wetland ecology, watershed hydrology, and river restoration projects for a variety of other Federal agencies, including: the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. I have authored two peer-reviewed journal articles, including an article in Ecological Applications that addressed ecological and geomorphic floodplain dynamics and the role of 20th century river regulation and exotic riparian vegetation invasions along the lower Green River in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The second professional publication appeared in the journal Biological Invasions and featured an investigation into the development of the genetic hybridization of invasive riparian tamarisk species.

Work experience

February 2012Present

Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Geological Survey - Utah Water Science Center

Currently serving as a hydrologic technician for the USGS Utah Water Science Center collecting, analyzing, and disseminating impartial hydrologic data and information, which is needed to wisely manage water resources for the state of Utah. Major duties include operating an extensive satellite network of stream-gaging stations, which provides the public with real-time information regarding streamflow, water-quality, and groundwater data. Responsibilities include the collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and archiving of hydrologic data that support the Utah Water Science Center’s mission to increase our understanding of key water-resource issues and to promote informed decision making. Maintenance of statewide data collection networks helps to define natural and human-induced hydrologic conditions in Utah and provides information for flood and water supply forecasts, planning and design, river regulation, streamflow statistics, and water-resource investigations.

Sep 2008Oct 2011

Hydrologic Technician

Natural Resources Conservation Service - Snow Survey Program

Served as a hydrologic technician for the NRCS - Snow Survey Program providing hydrologic data collection and analyses regarding mountain snowpack conditions and water supply forecasting for the entire state of Idaho, western Wyoming, northern Nevada and eastern Washington. Major duties included maintaining the automated SNOTEL data network through the servicing of snow pillows, precipitation gages, snow shelters, meteor burst communication systems, solar panel networks as well as  snow depth, relative humidity and air temperature sensors. Performed manual snowpack and SNOTEL ground truth measurements by fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, snow mobile, snowcat and on foot. Compiled and analyzed snow survey data for the publication of a monthly Idaho Water Supply Outlook Report. Managed several hydrologic and meteorological datasets such as SNOTEL and snow course ground truth measurements, cumulative annual precipitation values, snowmelt analyses, streamflow volumes and forecasts and reservoir storage levels in multiple computer database programs for streamflow forecasting as well as other associated hydrologic resource inventory purposes. Contributed to the development and quality assurance of several snowpack, streamflow, reservoir, precipitation and GIS/Cadastral archival databases on the Centralized Forecast System computer (CFS) managed by the NRCS National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) in Portland, Oregon.

March 2006August 2006

Environmental Consultant

U.S. National Park Service - Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Investigated the impacts of exotic woody riparian plant invasions (Tamarisk and Russian Olive) on physical stream processes in Canyon de Chelly National Monument.Contributions made to this river restoration project included reconstructing the chronology of floodplain invasion during the 20th century using tree-ring analyses and developing stratigraphic cross-sections that detail the patterns and processes of channel change as the establishment of woody invasive species progressed over the past century. 

Nov 2005Oct 2006

Environmental Consultant

Rio Grande Water Conservation District

Provided technical support for research regarding water use and evapotranspiration of native plant communities in the San Luis Valley.Central to the project was determining the relationship between evapotranspiration and water table depth with respect to regional groundwater pumping schemes that support the San Luis Valley’s extensive agricultural industry and water allocations of the Rio Grande River.Responsibilities included maintaining several Radiation and Energy Balance Systems Bowen Ratio evapotranspiration stations, collecting data on weather, soils, and water table depths stored on Campbell CR10X data loggers, as well as modeling and analyzing data using regression and analysis of variance.

Jun 2005Jul 2006

Environmental Consultant

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 8

Identified, mapped, and assessed the ecological integrity of fen ecosystems in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado for the Environmental Protection Agency (Region 8) in order to promote large-scale protection and restoration of wetlands throughout the region.Data collected from this project led to the creation of San Juan Fen database and GIS coverage through the combination of aerial photographic interpretations, field evaluations of the hydrologic, geochemical, and ecological conditions at particular fen sites, as well as digital mapping and spatial analyses performed on ESRI GIS software ArcGIS.

May 2004Dec 2005

Environmental Consultant

U.S. Forest Service - Rocky Mt. Research Station

The objective of this study was to develop monitoring protocols for the U.S. Forest Service to determine if minimum instream flows and lake levels provide adequate water resources to sustain native riparian plant communities along waterways within the National Forest lands of Colorado.Hydrologic data was collected at twelve different wetlands (including springs, wet meadows, fens, headwater streams, and large perennial rivers) located in the San Isabel, White River, San Juan, Gunnison, Uncompahgre, and Grand Mesa National Forests of Colorado.Responsibilities included the installation and monitoring of groundwater monitoring wells and staff gauges, collection and processing of surface and groundwater data stored on Global Water WL15 Water Level Loggers and precipitation data recorded on Onset RG3 Data Logging Rain Gauges, and surveying each study site using a TOPCON GTS-600 Series Total Station to create topographic and water table maps.

May 2001May 2004

Graduate Researcher

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - Upper Colorado Region

Investigated the patterns and processes of woody plant establishment and floodplain development on the lower Green River in eastern Utah as part of my Master's thesis in Ecology at Colorado State University.Several components of this research were focused on determining the downstream influence of river regulation by Flaming Gorge Dam on the establishment and recruitment success of native Populus and invasive Tamarix populations.Research included dendrogeomorphic analyses of several floodplain reaches of the Green River located in Canyonlands National Park, the Gray Canyon Wilderness Study Area, and the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.Spatial analyses of channel change and dominant woody riparian vegetation were performed using ESRI GIS software ArcView 3.2a.

Nov 1998Nov 2000

Environmental Technician

Maxim Technologies (presently, Tetra Tech)

Responsible for the collection, analysis, and documentation of environmental data for Maxim Technologies' s biology and geology departments. Investigations addressed a wide variety of environmental issues, including:

MAJOR DUTIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:

1. -Environmental Impact Statements-

Participated in the collection and characterization of baseline data inventories of water, soil, vegetation, wildlife (birds and mammals), and aquatic (fish and macroinvertebrates) resources for the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements.

2.-Watershed and Fisheries Analyses-

Collected and analyzed hydrologic and biologic data as part of watershed and fisheries studies.Hydrologic data collection methods included stream flow gauging, estimation of drainage area, slope runoff potential and characterization of riparian areas.Biologic data collection methods included macrobiotic species sampling, fisheries monitoring involving mark-recapture and depletion surveys, and the delineation of jurisdictional wetland areas.

3.-Hydrocarbon Contaminations-

Performed underground storage tank (UST) excavations and associated soil and groundwater sampling and analyses.Evaluated field data, prepared environmental assessment reports, and if necessary, recommended subsurface contamination remediation.Coordinated remedial activities and documented final cleanup at restoration sites.Conducted vapor extraction and air-sparging pilot tests.Participated in slug testing and aquifer pumping tests.Performed field installation of soil remediation systems.Monitored remediation systems to measure effectiveness.Installed groundwater monitoring wells for determining groundwater gradient, field permeability, and collection of groundwater samples for laboratory analysis.

4.-Air Quality-

Responsible for the installation of landfill gas probes and the collection of field measurements of landfill gas constituents and gas samples for laboratory analysis.Conducted air quality sampling from petroleum hydrocarbon remediation sites for analysis of volatile organic compounds.

Sep 1998Nov 1998

Raptor Bander

HawkWatch International

Participated in the monitoring of the Fall 1998 raptor migration on a significant western flyway along the Manzano Mountains of central New Mexico.Field data collection methods included trapping and banding various species of hawks, falcons, and eagles through the use of mist nets, bow nets, and dho-gazas.

Jun 1998Sep 1998

Intern

National Audubon Society - Starr Ranch Sanctuary

Conducted two independent research projects and participated in the daily activities of maintaining a wildlife preserve.The first research project examined coyote populations in interior and urban-edge habitats of Cleveland National Forest and Orange County, California, respectively.Field data collection methods included call playbacks, scent stations, and scat transects.The second research project involved mapping the surficial geology of the Starr Ranch Sanctuary.

Education

Sep 2001Aug 2004

Master of Science

Colorado State University

M.S., Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, Colorado State University, August 2004

Cumulative GPA: 3.70

Thesis: Processes of Tamarix Invasion and Floodplain Development During the Twentieth Century Along the Lower Green River, Utah

Advisor: Dr. David J. Cooper 303-288-6441 [email protected]

Sep 1994May 1998

Bachelor of Science

Tufts University

B.S., Double major in Geology and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, May 1998

Cumulative GPA: 3.51, Cum laude honors awarded in both Geology and Environmental Studies

Advisor: Dr. Jack C. Ridge 617-627-3434 [email protected]

References

Mr. Steven J. Gerner

Supervisory Hydrologic Technician

USGS – USGS Utah Water Science Center

2329 Orton Circle

Salt Lake City, UT 84119

Phone: (801) 908-5031

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Philip S. Morrisey

Senior Hydrologist

NRCS – Snow Survey

9173 W. Barnes Dr., Suite C

Boise, ID 83709

Phone: (208) 685-6983

Email: [email protected]

Dr. David J. Cooper

Senior Research Scientist/Associate Professor

Dept. of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 80523

Phone: (970) 491-5430

Email: [email protected]

Mr. Kirk A. Miller

Office Manager

Tetra Tech, Inc. (formerly Maxim Technologies, Inc.)

303 Irene St.

Helena, MT 59604

Phone: (406) 443-5210

Email:[email protected]

 

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