Stream Survey Intern


Trout Unlimited (TU) is pleased to announce openings for one to two seasonal Stream Survey Intern(s) to support ongoing efforts to conserve and recover California’s native salmon, trout, and riverine ecosystems. The Stream Survey Intern will work as part of TU’s Conservation Hydrology team on projects that improve our understanding of stream hydrology in coastal California and that restore summer streamflow in salmonid streams through collaborative efforts.

The Stream Survey Intern will work with TU’s Conservation Hydrologist and Associate Conservation Scientist on a variety of streamflow studies in California and will assist with office support activities. The Stream Survey Intern will conduct frequent field streamflow monitoring trips and assist with data entry and analysis. The Stream Survey Intern may also assist with GIS work, field equipment maintenance, office organization, scanning project documents, landowner outreach, and various other tasks related to the work of TU’s California Water Project.


  • Assist with field data collection:
    • Complete frequent trips to measure streamflow and groundwater, including possible multi-day trips to remote areas.
    • Conduct wet/dry mapping and stream channel surveys.
    • Maintain rigorous data collection and assessment protocols.
    • Update databases with new field data after completing monitoring trips.
  • Maintain field sites and equipment:
    • Assist with the installation of gages or other streamflow monitoring equipment.
    • Assist with repairs and/or the replacement of parts at field sites as necessary.
    • Help maintain equipment and report maintenance, or other equipment needs to your supervisor.
  • Additional duties may be required and include but are not limited to:
    • Assist in data analysis and writing reports to describe the data collected in the field and other quantitative information.
    • Use GIS software (ArcGIS) to characterize features relevant to hydrology under the direction of the Lead Scientist.
    • Assist with landowner outreach and various project work.
    • Assist with office organization related to TU’s upcoming office move, including: scanning project documents, organizing office materials and assisting with other various activities directed by TU staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree in earth science, hydrology, conservation, environmental planning or other relevant degrees (or in the process of getting a bachelor’s degree).
  • Ability to work in strenuous conditions, including but not limited to:
    • Long field days that may be unexpected due to changes that occur in the field.
    • Consecutive field days that may require you to stay overnight for multiple days.
    • Wading in streams and rivers in a variety of flow regimes and weather conditions.
    • Hiking to site locations while carrying heavy survey equipment.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and to carry equipment on steep and slippery slopes and in harsh weather conditions.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
  • Valid driver’s license required, personal vehicle a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience collecting good scientific data in the field a plus.
  • Love for the outdoors, fish, and fishing a plus.

The position is based at TU’s CA headquarters in Emeryville but will involve a combination of office and field-based work as well as travel to locations in Sonoma County, Mendocino County and elsewhere in northern and central California.  This position may require multi-day trips to remote areas. 


Applications will be considered immediately and can be submitted from the posting date until the position is filled.

Please send a letter of interest and a resume to Caitlin Boise at Subject line: Application for Stream Survey Internship. No phone calls please.