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: Friday, April 07, 2017
Application Deadline: Friday, April 07, 2017
Institution: Utah State University Uintah Basin
Department/Division: Biology
Field (e.g., systematics): Plant Taxonomy
City: Vernal, UT, USA
General Information: Two positions to work with Utah State University Biology faculty and the Ashley National Forest (ANF) to conduct field work in the Uintah Mountains to assess habitat of Greater Sage-grouse. Vegetation transects will be conducted to assess the quality of the habitat for nesting Sage-grouse. Positions are funded for 29 hrs/wk for 14 weeks each, approximately May 8th-August 11th. Crew compensation will be $12.50/hr.

Interns will make field observations of vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. 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.
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
• 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, plant taxonomy, biology, ecology, soils, natural resources management, or GIS
Responsibilities: Responsibilities:
• Receive CRP/First Aid Certification
• Conduct field surveys independently after training
• Plant identification and quantification following protocol
• Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on back roads
• Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours
• GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): Special Instructions to Applicants:
Apply at:

The other crews under this listing have been filled. Please indicate you are applying for the Sage-grouse Habitat Crew in your cover letter. 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
• A current resume
• A list of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two references
• Unofficial transcripts
Compensation Range: 12.50/hr
Contact Name: Becky Williams,