January 20, 2023
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Great Salt Lake Wetlands and Waterfowl Management Intern (1 Position) 

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 

Description 

The Great Salt Lake Wetlands and Waterfowl Management Intern is a paid position that gives an undergraduate student practical experience and hands-on education through fieldwork with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR).  This position will support the DWR’s Northern Region Waterfowl Team who conducts management work on Waterfowl Management Areas around the Great Salt Lake. Fieldwork will be conducted on the DWR’s Farmington Bay, Ogden Bay, Timpie Springs, Howard Slough, Harold Crane, Willard Spur, Salt Creek, Locomotive Springs and Public Shooting Grounds WMAs. See individual WMA details.

Utah’s wildlife and waterfowl management areas — commonly known as WMAs — are properties that the DWR owns and manages to conserve critical wildlife habitats and provide places for people to hunt and fish. Currently, there are 193 WMAs throughout Utah, totaling over 500,000 acres. These properties range in size from less than an acre to over 50,000 acres. There are nine Waterfowl Management Areas in northern Utah and the DWR works year-round on habitat projects and management activities that ensure there is sufficient vegetation and water in the areas to support a variety of waterfowl and shorebird species. Waterfowl and shorebirds rely on the Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetlands as a rest stop during migration. The area also serves as a breeding ground where they rear their young and provides a major food source throughout their stay.

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Duties

  • Assist with monitoring and surveys for various species of waterfowl and shorebirds
  • Capture and place leg bands on waterfowl species like Canada geese and ducks
  • Operate all-terrain vehicles, boats, water pumps, tractors and farm equipment (e.g., mowers, disks, drills, broadcast seeders, hand-held augers and tractors)
  • Maintain accessibility on WMA dike/berm systems by mowing vegetation
  • Use a variety of application methods to control noxious weeds like white top and phragmites (e.g.,  backpack, all-terrain vehicle and truck-mounted sprayers)
  • Manage water flow and water depth levels on the marsh through the installation and removal of boards at culverts and headgates
  • Prepare food plots for waterfowl and upland game bird species (i.e., pheasants and California quail) by planting, discing, mowing and irrigating designated areas
  • Trap and help remove non-protected predator species that impact waterfowl and shorebird populations (e.g., skunks, racoons, red fox)
  • Collect waterfowl hunter harvest data from surveys and bag checks
  • Check fences and gates to ensure they are in good condition and make repairs if necessary
  • Help maintain equipment and WMA facilities 
     

Qualifications 

Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at USU’s Quinney College of Natural Resources. Applicants must have a general knowledge of biology and an interest in wildlife-related conservation and habitat management.  Applicants must be quick-learners and have a willingness to develop the skills needed to safely perform a wide-variety of fieldwork.  Individuals who demonstrate that they are a hardworking, driven and motivated team member are preferred.  

A valid driver's license is required. Experience operating all-terrain vehicles, boats, pesticide sprayers, water pumps, tractors and farm equipment is a plus. Having a pesticide applicator’s license is also a plus.   

Successful applicants will be expected to conduct outdoor work in variable weather conditions and terrain for extended periods of time. There will be walking, standing, bending, carrying light items and occasional lifting of items that weigh up to 50 pounds. 
This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position, which will involve irregular hours, including evenings, and some work on weekends. A typical work week includes four 10 hour days (Monday through Thursday) that start at 7:00 AM.

People and Culture Expectation 

The successful applicant will be expected to uphold the DWR’s values of integrity, professionalism, accountability, teamwork and cooperation. The behaviors they embrace should set an example of professional and personal respect. The intern will be expected to actively promote a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, as well as make good faith efforts to understand people as unique individuals with diverse life experiences, challenges and opportunities.  

Credits/Honors

Successful applicants may enroll for up to 2 credit hours during the internship; Honors Program participants may enroll for points. Students then coordinate with a USU advisor to develop and complete an academic assignment.

Salary: $15/hour (40 hrs/week) 
Location: Base of operations at the DWR’s Farmington Waterfowl Management Area 1157 S Waterfowl Way (approximately 1700 W Glovers Lane) in Farmington, Utah. Fieldwork will occur at WMAs in Box Elder, Davis and Weber counties. 
Number of Openings:
Closing Date: Midnight March 4, 2023 
Employment Dates: Flexible; not to exceed 12 weeks between early May and the end of August, 2023. 
Housing: Not provided 

Apply to the QCNR summer internship program here.  

For more information, contact: 
David England, Assistant Wetland Manager 
Farmington Bay WMA | Utah Division of Wildlife Resources 
davidengland@utah.gov