Cameron Ensor

Proudly serving the public with the USGS Hydrologic Surveillance Program, since 2014.

 

Biography

Education: 

Bachelor's of Science in Geo-Environmental Studies from Shippensburg University, with GIS certification. 

Expertise:

Continuous Surface Water / Water Quality data collection, Records computation, Peak Discharge Measurement collection, Surveying, Gage infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, Equipment testing, Boat operation, Custom metal fabrication. 

Career Experience: 

As a Hydrologic Technician for the USGS, my primary responsibility is the collection of continuous Surface Water and Water Quality Data within Pennsylvania.  This data collection includes making regular discharge measurements, computation of the data record, and maintaining the various instrumentation and infrastructure in streamgaging network across the state.  Staying on the lead edge of technological advancements, in data processing programs and data collection instrumentation, has become a key component of the position.  Running multi-disciplinary field trips throughout the state presents ever changing conditions and challenges, which requires finding creative solutions in infrastructure installation for each gages unique characteristics, equipment needs, and stream dynamics.   

Prior to working with the USGS, I was as an Environmental-Scientific Technician in the Division of Water Quality Standards, for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  This position expanded my knowledge of Surface Water Ecology.  My duties included collection of discrete water quality data via multi-parameter sondes as part of the Continuous In-stream Monitoring (CIM) protocol; collection of macro-invertebrates, aquatic plants, and fish population surveys for Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scoring as part of the In-stream Comprehensive Evaluation (ICE) protocol; as well as habitat assessments, fish tissue analysis for consumption advisories, chemical/bacteriological sampling and radiation sediment sampling.