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Walton - Hydrology Field Technician - Cullowhee, NC, USA

Ken Walton

Cullowhee, NC, USA

Services

Hydrology Field Technician

Summary:

I am currently employed part time on the staff of WCU’s Geosciences and Natural Resource Conservation Management department. As a watershed research assistant to Dr. Jerry Miller, we operate 5 monitoring stations on the creeks feeding the water supply reservoir for the town of Waynesville North Carolina. I download weekly field data from Stephens and YSI turbidity sondes, plus Solinst barologgers and leveloggers. I also gather bottles from ISCO sequential samplers and take them to the lab to acquire total suspended solids data. I receive the resulting data as Excel sheets, and format them for import to the ORIGIN program. This complex program analyzes and graphs water quality parameters. With this I produced longitudinal hydrologic graphs and perform QA/QC. The baseline data we collect is vital in ensuring water quality for the town of Waynesville, particularly during silvicultural management programs.
Some of the skills I have learned are operations and upkeep of sondes and transducers; surveying with Leica Total Stations; Cooperative restoration monitoring with DENR-DWR and EEP; Habitat Assessments and piezo/observation well installation and monitoring.

Work History

Watershed Research Assistant

February 2010 - December 2012

Supervisor: Dr. Jerry Miller (828-227-2269)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

I am currently employed part time on the staff of WCU's Geosciences and Natural Resource Conservation Management department. As a watershed research assistant to Dr. Jerry Miller, we operate 5 monitoring stations on the creeks feeding the water supply reservoir for the town of Waynesville North Carolina. I download weekly field data from Stephens and YSI turbidity sondes, plus Solinst barologgers and leveloggers. I also gather bottles from ISCO sequential samplers and take them to the lab to acquire total suspended solids data. I receive the resulting data as Excel sheets, and format them for import to the ORIGIN program. This complex program analyzes and graphs water quality parameters. With this I produced longitudinal hydrologic graphs and perform QA/QC. The baseline data we collect is vital in ensuring water quality for the town of Waynesville, particularly during silvicultural management programs.
Some of the skills I have learned are operations and upkeep of sondes and transducers; surveying with Leica Total Stations; Cooperative restoration monitoring with DENR-DWR and EEP; Habitat Assessments and piezo/observation well installation and monitoring.

Dr. Ron Davis
318 Stillwell Building
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723 US

04/2011 - 12/2011
Salary: 7.50 USD Per Hour

Wildlife Research Assistant

Supervisor: Dr. Ron Davis (828-227-2726)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

As Wildlife Research Assistant to Dr. Ron Davis, I have led 3 to 4 person teams in conducting a total of 25 stream bio-indicator assessments at 10 sites for the Balsam Mt. Preserve. We effectively used the S.M.I.E. (Stream Monitoring Information Exchange) protocol in sampling benthic macroinvertebrates (EPT's) as a measure of aquatic health. This 4-point protocol consists of kick-net, leaf pack, visual count samples, and habitat assessment. It is similar to NCDENR/Division of Water Quality's 4- point protocol and used as supplemental data for this agency. Both types count and score primarily on the stonefly, mayfly, and caddis fly families. I received training in protocol and identification of macroinvertebrates through workshops held by the S.M.I.E. and effectively instructed my student team members to perform this sampling and trained them to conduct the sampling by themselves. These assessments of water quality are based on the presence of pollution intolerant species, so proper identification of taxa is crucial. The Izaak Walton and VASOS assessment scores will enable Preserve management to compare impacts of developed to undeveloped land at the preserve.

Maintenance Associate

Agape Kure Beach Ministries

May 2004 - August 2006

1369 Tyler Dewar Lane Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 US 05/2004 - 08/2006 Salary: 10.50 USD Per Year Hours per week: 30
Maintenance Associate
Supervisor: Randy Thurow (919-552-9421)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

Building Maintenance, including carpentry, painting, and plumbing. Grounds keeping including fallen/snagged tree removal, bucking and splitting, mowing, trail maintenance and erosion control. Trail and bridge building. Construction projects such as re-roofing, outdoor chapel construction, deck and walkway rebuilding.
I also built a 6-pad rocket launcher and launch console critical to their model rocketry camp. For this I received a Certificate of Appreciation. I was also honored at their annual award banquet for my dedicated service to their programs.

youth work leader WL/5

National Park Service

June 2003 - August 2003

Supervisor: Juan Gomez (334-799-0959)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

Supervise eight 15 to 18 year old kids in various projects for the Youth Conservation Corps. at Tuskegee Airmen NHS, Tuskegee Institute NHS and Tsinia Wildlife viewing area. Projects included maintaining and preserving the cultural landscape at the Carver museum, rebuilding trail ways and repairing viewing structures for wildlife area, clearing trees and other intrusive overgrowth in front of the Airmen's visitor center and removing heavy vegetation undermining a wall behind the Booker T. Washington home.

Sole proprietor

McInnish Mechanics

January 1995 - April 2003

Supervisor: Kendall McInnish Walton (334 252-0819)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

Restored Austin landmark Lymeric/Frazier home, performing all necessary carpentry and painting work following guidelines of Secretary of Interior for preservation. Conducted historical and archival research, compiled complete history of the structure, photo documented current conditions, rebuilt fences and gates based on historic photographs and using materials (cedar posts and milled pickets) appropriate to the time. I have also done residential restoration projects in Alabama and Kentucky as well as to work on big timber frame restorations like the Francis Mill in Waynesville, NC. Other work includes converting an attic into an audio engineering lab for FMR Audio in Austin Texas.

Mechanic

Heisel's Rent All

September 1994 - November 1995

Supervisor: Byron "Barney" Heisel (830-625-1681)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: Yes

Repair and maintain all rental equipment such as: Ditch Witch trenchers, tractor and walk-behind, change out chains, repair and replace right angle drive bearings, clutches, selector fork replacement. Bobcat skid loader repairs, such as starter motor replacement, hydraulic control spool repairs, lots of tire repairs. Major and minor two and four stroke repairs, Briggs and Stratton, Honda, Kohler, Wisconsin Robin, Echo, OMC, Stihl, Tecumseh, and Homelite. Electric powered equipment repairs on Bosch rock drills, and Wacker jackhammers.

Colonel Micheal M. Conrad

USAF

January 1982 - May 1995

Hours per week: 40
Maintenance
Supervisor: Micheal M Conrad (210-492-1114)
Okay to contact this Supervisor: NA

Maintain, repair, or build as needed, everything on the property; residence and outbuildings, fences, gates, painting, plumbing, irrigation systems (submatic and impact), gas equipment repair and operation (chainsaws, mowers, tractors, trucks and other vehicles). Gardening and landscaping, mulching compost. Equine and Canine care and veterinary/farrier assistant.

Projects

Water Quality Data QA/QC Assurance Analyist

I collect, upload, and perform QA/QC on field data from turbidity sondes and pressure transducers as well as TSS/SSC lab analysis. I’ve used Leica Total Stations to do stream slopes, cross sections and done habitat assessments. I have installed observation and piezo wells plus HOBO’s, ISCO’s and turbidity sondes for the NCDENR/EEP at the Harris Creek restoration project near Polkville NC. I have been a teaching assistant for NRM labs on benthic indicator sampling and conducted 25 benthic macroinvertebrate bio-assessments for Balsam Mt. Preserve as a certified group leader from the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange Program (SMIE).

Watershed Research Technician

As a watershed research technician for Dr. Jerry Miller, I operate 5 monitoring stations on the creeks feeding the water supply reservoir for the town of Waynesville North Carolina. I download weekly field data from Stephens and YSI turbidity sondes, plus Solinst barologgers and leveloggers. I also collect samples from ISCO samplers to acquire total suspended solids data in our hydrology lab and run SSC/TSS analysis, as well as perform QA/QC on the data using ORIGIN

Stream surveyor

Operations and upkeep of sondes and transducers; surveying with Leica Total Stations; Cooperative restoration monitoring with DENR-DWR and EEP; Habitat Assessments and piezo/observation well installation and monitoring. Stream Cross Sections, shooting slopes, pebble counts and velocity data gathering, for the purposes of determining discharge and doing modeling.

Balsam Mountain Preserve Bio-Assessment Team Leader

As Wildlife Research Assistant to Dr. Ron Davis, and as a certified team leader for the Stream Monitoring Information Network, I have led and trained 3 to 4 person student teams in conducting stream bio-indicator assessments at 10 sites for the Balsam Mt. Preserve and the Carl Sandberg National Historic Site. We effectively use the S.M.I.E. protocol in sampling benthic macroinvertebrates as a measure of aquatic health. This 4-point protocol consists of kick-net, leaf pack, visual count samples, and habitat assessment. It is similar to NCDENR/Division of Water Quality's 4- point protocol and used as supplemental data for this agency. Both types count and score primarily on the orders of Ephemoroptera, Plecoptera, and Tricoptera. These bio-assessments will enable Balsam Mountain Preserve management to compare developed to undeveloped, conservation easement tracts at the preserve as well as to monitor golf course management impacts on streams.

Qualifications & Certifications

Natural Resource Conservation and Management

Western Carolina University Cullowhee

Resource Management

Western Carolina University

Outstanding Sociology Senior

Lafayette Senior High

Sociology

Western Carolina University Cullowhee

Sociology

Western Carolina University

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