Job Overview


Come join the Valles Caldera Trust!

This position may be made permanent without further competition.

INFORMATION ON THE VALLES CALDERA TRUST:  The Valles Caldera Trust (VCT) is a wholly owned government corporation subject to the Government Corporation Control Act. The Trust was created by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act of 2000 to preserve and protect the historic Baca Ranch in the Jemez Mountains in north-central New Mexico. The ground breaking legislation that provided for the federal purchase of this 89,000-acre ranch nestled inside a volcanic caldera also created a unique experiment in public land management. The agency, i.e., the Trust, operates a working ranch, as well as a variety of other agricultural, educational, recreational, and scientific operations in a dynamic developing enterprise.

This position is part of the VCT Scientific Services Division, Natural Resources Program.  The incumbent of this position will conduct field work on the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) in north-central New Mexico.  Office duties are conducted at the Valles Caldera Trust administrative office in Jemez Springs, NM.


The incumbent performs professional work in the field of hydrology and water quality monitoring. Incumbent has responsibility to conduct and interpret hydrologic surveys from flumes and stream gauges, water quality monitoring and analysis, operating and maintaining a variety of scientific instrumentation, watershed rehabilitation and management planning, and providing technical guidance within the framework of multiple-use management of forest and range lands. This position is funded 50% by the Valles Caldera Trust, and 50% by the University of Arizona’s Critical Zone Observatory (CZO), a research grant from the National Science Foundation. 


Reviews Hydrology-Related Literature and Develops Study or Testing Methodology 25%
Selects standard methods, techniques and procedures in planning and carrying out routine work. Exercises independent responsibility for applying established technology in routine ways to well-defined, moderate-sized projects, or in support of a larger project. Normally uses standard guides, methods or precedents; recognizes when standard guides, methods or precedents are not applicable and selects appropriate methods and techniques. Works within a prescribed project plan for monitoring stream discharge, water quality, and field research activities.
Prepares Hydrology-Related Reports and Recommendations 25%
Records study results in accordance with established procedures. Writes complete and accurate reports, which include evaluation of the data, identification of trends, and forecasts. Makes recommendations to improve processes, estimates project costs, and prepares research and environmental analysis reports for restoration projects being considered for implementation.
Carries Out Hydrology-Related Study Procedures 25%
Exercises independent judgment to perform moderately difficult and responsible work projects. Follows prescribed methods and guidelines, recognizing conditions and results that affect the findings.
The Valles Caldera National Preserve has a network of 8 meteorological stations, 25 flumes and stream gauges for watershed discharge monitoring, 12 sondes for water quality monitoring, and multiple locations for bulk water quality monitoring.  In addition, the CZO program operates two ET-flux towers and wide variety of instrumentation for monitoring climate, soil water, tree sap flow, and other environmental variables.  Operating, maintaining, calibrating, and working with the data from this network of instruments is the primary responsibility of this position.
Surveys areas needing restoration or stabilization following disturbance by other resource activities. Prepares and carries out water quality monitoring programs, including preparation of plans, collection and analysis of samples, and interpretation of data.
Collects and Analyzes Hydrology Data 25%
Conducts full stream surveys regarding water characteristics (discharge and water quality). Estimates and forecasts water supplies, floods, or droughts. Collects on-site data in a watershed, e.g., characteristics of river or stream water. Gathers data from radar, satellites, aerial photographs, maps, rain gauges, and other sources. Conducts water resource inventories following establish procedures to assemble data bass required to support management programs and forest planning.