Careers in the Plant Sciences

Summer Field Intern

Utah State University Uintah Basin - Vernal, UT, USA

Position Title: Summer Field Intern
Position Type: Technician
Application Review Begins: Monday, March 20, 2017
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Institution: Utah State University Uintah Basin
Department/Division: Biology
Field (e.g., systematics):
City: Vernal, UT, USA
General Information: Four positions to work with Utah State University Biology faculty, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), or the Ashley National Forest (ANF) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin or Uintah Mountains to monitor quantify habitat in support of a study on raptor populations or to assess habitat of Greater Sage-grouse. Positions are funded for 29 hrs/wk for 14 weeks each, approximately May 8th-August 11th. Crew compensation will be $12.00-12.50/hr, depending on position.

• Raptor Nest and Habitat Monitoring Crew to assist with raptor nest monitoring and habitat quantification (AIM) within Greater Sage-grouse habitat throughout the BLM Vernal District.
• Sage-grouse Habitat Crew to assist with AIM/Line Point Intersect vegetation transects on the ANF to quantify habitat

Interns will make field observations of vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. Raptor habitat interns will also collect data on known nests in the area. Collaborate with teammates and crew lead to collect and assemble a high quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking, work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Interns are required to attend a four-day training workshop on AIM monitoring in Cedar City UT May 15-19th 2017, resulting in AIM Certification. Students registered at Utah State University will receive 1 credit of a Special Topics course after completion of the training.
Qualifications/Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:
• Experience identifying plants
• Demonstrated fieldwork experience
• Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
• Ability to follow safety regulations
• Driver’s license and experience driving 4WD vehicles
• Ability to efficiently execute directives and study plan
• Ability to collaborate with crewmates and follow team lead

Preferred Qualifications:
• Professional fieldwork experience
• Professional plant identification experience or certifications
• Raptor identification experience
• GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience
• Data entry experience
• Demonstrated relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as botany, ornithology, biology, ecology, soils, natural resources management, or GIS
Responsibilities: Responsibilities:
• CRP/First Aid Certification
• Conduct field surveys independently after training
• Plant identification and quantification following AIM protocol
• Raptor identification
• Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on back roads
• Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours
• Follow protocols for raptor surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance
• GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply at:

Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf:
• A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position and any position preferences you have
• A current resume
• A list of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two references
• Unofficial transcripts
Compensation Range: 12.00-12.50/hr
Contact Name: Becky Williams,