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Environmental Modeling Intern

The Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) is the only organization whose sole purpose is to conserve, protect, and restore the unique fisheries, wildlife, and aesthetic qualities of the Henry’s Fork and its watershed. HFF uses a collaborative, science-based approach to achieve its mission and works closely with water users, hydroelectric power companies, government agencies, and other nonprofit groups.

HFF maintains a network of 11 continuous-recording water-quality monitoring instruments called “sondes” that record parameters including dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity every 15 minutes. HFF is designing a process by which the data from these sondes can be transmitted to a cloud or server, from which it can be made available via a web-based interface. The 2016 Environmental Modeling Intern conducted background research and laid the groundwork for this process. The 2017 intern will build on that work to complete the project.

Internship Tasks:

  • Implement data transmission technology for sonde network
  • Develop web-based interface that will import and display sonde data
  • Monitor fish passage facilities, including handling and identifying fish
  • Collect water-quality samples
  • Assist in all aspects of preparation of scientific reports and papers
  • Contribute to HFF blog and social media posts
  • Assist with youth fly-fishing program “Youth on the Fly”
  • Assist with set-up and event duties for Henry’s Fork Days

Necessary Qualifications:

  • The intern should have experience in computer programming, data analysis/modeling, web development, and comfort working outdoors, in and near water.
  • At a minimum, the intern’s quantitative preparation should include calculus, linear algebra, at least two probability/statistics courses, and programming skills in one or more widely used programming languages. The HFF science and technology team uses the R statistical programming language for all data processing, analysis, and modeling applications

Desired Skills:

GIS and electrical engineering skills/experience. This position is open to all class years as long as they meet the necessary qualifications. Those majoring in engineering; mathematics; and computer, earth, environmental, or biological sciences are encouraged to apply.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Ashton, Idaho
Preferred Majors or Experience: 
Engineering; Mathematics; Computer, Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences