January 19, 2023
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Utah Rare Insect Conservation Program – Rare Insect Program Intern
Utah State University collaboration with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources*


The Rare Insect Conservation Program Intern is a paid position that gives undergraduate students broad exposure to Utah’s Rare Insect Conservation Program (RICP) Projects the successful applicant works on will focus on native pollinator conservation in Utah. For example, monitoring rare insect species, working with insect community data and conservation statuses, and a variety of communication and education activities. The individual selected for this paid-intership position will gain a variety of field and office experience working with rare insects including surveys, monitoring and reproductive biology, pollination ecology, database management and networking with natural resource professionals. The intern will be supervised by the Rare Insect Conservation Project Leader and their primary duty location will be based at the Utah Department of Natural Resources Complex in Salt Lake City.


Conduct field and office work in rare insects, and plant-pollinator ecology. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with field data collection on rare and common insect pollinators.
  • Assisting Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator with preparing and presenting public information events and activities.
  • Assisting with data compilation, data entry and quality assurance, distribution mapping, and other office related tasks.

Work with the Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator and partners to gain a broad understanding of the Rare Insect Program and the state agency as a whole. This may include:

  • Reviewing conservation rankings, management strategies and priority actions for at-risk species.
  • Coordinating with GIS specialists to incorporate insect occurrence data into existing databases.
  • Attending a regional Monarch Conservation Team meeting.
  • Assisting with training of field biologists in bumble bee survey methods.
  • Networking with agency employees and local conservation organizations.

The Rare Insect Conservation Coordinator will assist the intern with development of an internship project report summarizing your project work, highlighting your experiences, and suggesting ways to improve the internship program.


Applicants must be current undergraduate students in a degree program in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Applicants must have a general knowledge of biology, an interest in entomology and pollination ecology, and be comfortable with conservation outreach. Knowledge of Utah botany is also a plus. Must be self-driven, and have the ability to learn new skills quickly, as well as take instruction and conduct field or office work as directed. Experience and coursework utilizing Excel and ArcGIS is particularly helpful, as well as effective search engine skills. A valid driver's license is required. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct outdoor work in variable weather conditions and terrain for extended periods of time, plus risks found in a typical office setting. There will be walking, standing, bending, carrying light items and occasional lifting of items that weigh up to 50 pounds.

Salary: $15/hour (40 hrs/week + benefits)

Location: Base of operations in Salt Lake City at the Utah Dept of Natural Resources Complex
located at 1594 W. North Temple. Some regular remote work is likely; fieldwork will occur

Number of Openings: 1

Closing Date: April 15, 2023

Employment Dates: Flexible; not to exceed 12 weeks between early May and the end of August, 2023.

Apply to the QCNR summer internship program here

For more information, contact:
Amanda Barth, Rare Insect Conservation Project Leader

Wildlife Resource Department | Utah State University


*USU and DWR have partnered on researching the state’s native plants and insects to help prevent them from being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, support delisting when possible, and to make informed wildlife management decisions.