Ocean Blue Project (OBP) strives to create a hands on learning experience by encouraging interns and volunteers to participate in other on-going projects as opportunities arise. In past restoration projects, OBP is using native fungal species found in the urban streams not as our single solution but as part of a well-engineered and documented bioremediation strategy.
Fungi plays a major role in the symbiotic relationship needed to create a self-supporting ecosystem that is resilient to perturbation without further assistance. Our goal is to locate native fungal species using bioremediation, which involves the use of organisms with superior pollutant degrading qualities and involves inoculating a contaminated site with fungal spores found in the urban streams of our local community. With only 10 full weeks, our focus will be the first building steps to collecting native fungal species found in urban streams.
The Intern student will collect data in the field, bring it back to the office, verify species of mushroom, collect native mushroom spore prints, observations of native mushroom species by measuring size of spores, and documenting growth rates, documenting resilient strains, that will be reintroduced in areas the fungal species are missing. The student will check for accuracy and prepare metadata for use of resilient strains to help with not only a better understanding of bioremediation but for our methods to restore habitat in urban streams, in Corvallis, Oregon. The intern will provide maps and analysis necessary for the projects assigned, learn to identify several common native fungal species found in urban streams, and that are currently used to remove toxins and pathogens
The intern will learn a variety of valuable skills related to natural resource management and urban stream protections, will gain familiarity with the work and professional opportunities related to resource management in the urban streams. The intern will also interact with volunteers and researchers, lead, organize events that engage stewardship and urban stream education during clean up events. During events the student will work in the urban stream and rivers, to gain an understanding of the groundwater point source runoff, pollution effects, learn about native plant identification, invasive plant identification, and native mushroom species identification.
The student must have a desire to learn about urban streams and their importance of the health of healthy stream, how to identify plants, data collection, and some computer experience is preferred. This internship requires hiking through remote sections of the urban streams. Outdoor navigation skills and physical conditioning are recommended.
Intern duties/tasks: Conservation and research internship
• Create and document data for use in restoration operations • Organize and count native plants, take photos for stream maps, soil testing, and working with fungi to remove toxins in Mill Race, Dixon, Sequoia, and Willamette River • Contribute native plant counts to our “Native Plant Stream Map” for adding awareness to the community (about native plants) • Locate stream pollution and evaluation of litter found in streams. • Take photos will be taken to use at future events to remove found litter. • Conduct dead tree Identification and count (Wood Duck habitat)
Special qualifications/skills needed:
• Intern should have a sincere interest/background in biology, ecology, mycology, natural history, archaeology, anthropology, environmental protection and restoration. • Should be comfortable working in the outdoors in the heat, mud, and damp conditions, and possibly exposed to insects and poison oak. • Good writing skills are desired.