Position Summary: Friends of the Cheat (FOC) is a non-profit watershed group working to restore, preserve, and promote the Cheat River in northern West Virginia. FOC is seeking a Summer Associate to assist the Project Manager in coordinating water quality monitoring in the Lower Cheat River Watershed. The Associate will aid in the recording, management, and analysis of water quality data. Activities will include field work (water quality monitoring/deployment, retrieval, and maintenance of continuous data logger monitoring devices); data management and analysis (technical reporting); drafting internal and outreach documents (SOPs, newsletter articles, website material); and, other duties related to monitoring program development as defined in the final work plan. The associate will also have the opportunity to work on other aspects of FOCs projects including general grant administration, watershed based planning, and implementation of acid mine drainage treatment systems in collaboration with FOCs partners in government agencies, academic institutions, and a variety of other business and non-profit stakeholders. Qualifications: Applicants should have a strong background in science and some field experience; degree in natural or environmental science is preferred; knowledge of water resource issues (acid mine drainage and unconventional oil and gas development) and/or continuous data logging devices is ideal. Other desired skills include proficiency in MS Office productivity software (especially Excel and Access), experience with ArcMap and Google Earth, excellent oral and written communication skills; highly motivated and well organized with the ability to work independently; enjoys being outside, working in a team atmosphere, and wants to contribute to a non-profit organization. A valid drivers license is required.
Details: The Summer Associate will work from FOCs office in Kingwood, West Virginia and travel to field sites throughout Preston County. This is a full time paid position available for 10 weeks between late May/June to mid-August. Start and end dates are negotiable; term extension is possible and will depend on available grant funding. Compensation will be $400 to $500/week, depending on qualifications. Assistance with finding local housing options may be available. Limited funds will be available for partial reimbursement of relocation expenses. Other benefits include the opportunity to: gain detailed knowledge about water resource issues in West Virginia; directly contribute to active projects in a fast-pace, exciting work environment; and, participate in various professional development activities.
Application: E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Kevin Ryan (kevin at cheat.org) before April 1, 2013 for full consideration. For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit www.cheat.org.