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Public Land Name: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Biosphere Reserve
Position Title: Storm Damage Assessment and Mitigations (SUMMER)
Agency: NPS
Position ID Number: 2014058
Location: Ajo, AZ
Position Description: Through a combination of field and office work, the incumbent will assess the effects of erosion on a historic road and develop recommendations to restore the road to reflect its historic value if possible. Analysis will include calculating the drainage basin and flood potential of surrounding arroyos, sheet flow, and the volume of sediment transport and capture potential; assess rates of erosion on surrounding lands, and document erosion propensity of soils. A mitigation plan will be drafted that will provide potential solutions and may involve consultation with engineers and discipline professionals. Work is expected to be performed with little supervision and oversight. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America's GeoCorps America Program in partnership with the National Park Service's Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program.
Materials to be produced by participant: The goal of the project is to document the adverse effects of erosion upon a historic resource and to provide possible outcomes of doing nothing to what might happen using a variety of techniques and applications to address the problems. Time and expertise allowing, mitigation options and scenarios will be developed. Deliverables will include metadata such as field notes and calculations, maps, and a final report with recommendations, time and expertise allowing.
Qualifications: The scope of the project requires applied knowledge, skills and abilities in hydrology, soil science, assessing damage and identifying resource impacts, mapping and providing mitigation strategies. GIS ArcInfo 10.1 capability required and civil engineering is desirable, or able to communicate and work with civil engineers. Applicant must have a valid driver's license with a good driving record. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required as well as fulfilling requirements to access government computer systems.
Position Dates: Mid April through December of 2014. Flexible start/end dates.
Position Duration: 12 weeks
Stipend: $3,000
Travel Allowance:
(For non-local candidates)
Housing Allowance: $0
Housing Details: Park housing provided in a park dorm at no cost to the participant. Personal vehicle required due to the remote nature of the park - basic shopping 45 minutes from the park, major supplies 2-2.5 hours.
Sonoran Desert with inherent climate extremes and temperatures in excess of 110F likely, with average summer highs exceeding 100 daily. Monsoonal flow may begin in July accompanied with frequent lightening and flash flooding. The area of primary filed work is a lower desert bajada and venomous reptiles are present.
Work Environment: ORPI is a border park and though field work will be conducted in an "open zone," the incumbent must be aware that encountering illegal smugglers (in various states of health or demise) and witnessing interdiction activities is possible. Carrying a park radio and checking in regularly is mandated. Office work will be in shared spaces.
# of current Applicants: 0

If you have questions about the application and selection process, please contact Matthew Dawson.  If you have questions about any aspect of the position — description, qualifications, housing, dates — please contact the Primary or Secondary Contact below. Application materials can only be submitted online through the program website. The Primary and Secondary Contacts will not accept application materials sent to them via e-mail, mail, fax, etc. For details about GeoCorps America, please see the GeoCorps home-page. For details about Mosaics in Science, please see the Mosaics home-page.

Contact Name: Rijk Morawe
Title: Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources Management
Street Address: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument10 Organ Pipe Drive
City/State/Zip: Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-6849
Contact Name: Dr. Peter Holm
Title: Ecologist
Street Address: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument10 Organ Pipe Drive
City/State/Zip: Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-6849