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Summer 2017

QCNR Internship Information 


The Quinney College of Natural Resources partners with the United States Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands, National Parks and Non-Profit agencies to provide valuable professional expereince to students.

US Forest Service

Description

The goal of the internship program is to give undergraduate students a broad exposure to the US Forest Service and illustrate the many career possibilities available through the agency. These positions will allow students to work closely with a Forest Service employee and gain experience in Wildlife, Fisheries, Forestry, Range, and Recreation.

Fish and Wildlife Interns at Evanston-Mt. View Ranger district

  • Location Bear River Ranger Station 30 miles south of Evanston, Wyoming
  • 2 positions
  • Housing provided
  • Intern(s) will monitor 29 northern goshawk territories, visit each territory up to three times to determine if fledgling are successful, and search for new goshawk territories if time is available.  Intern(s) will take an accurate inventory of vault toilet vent pipe sizes and may install vent pipe screens to protect cavity nesting-birds from accidental death.  Candidate(s) will retrieve 10 trail cameras and review pictures.  Intern(s) will flag and mark the project areas for the Goshawk Habitat Regeneration project and may assist with marking trees for the Telephone Hollow project.  Candidate(s) will be responsible for monitoring beaver-clogged culverts and unplug clogged culverts as needed to prevent road flooding.  Intern(s) also may participate in UDWR cow/calf moose radio tracking study, participate in bat and toad blitz monitoring events, and learn how to monitor boreal toads and three-toed woodpeckers on other districts.

 Fish and Wildlife Interns at Logan-Ogden Ranger districts

  • Location Logan, Utah
  • 2 positions to be filled
  • Housing not provided

Fish and Wildlife Interns at Heber/Kamas Ranger district

  • Location Kamas or Strawberry Reservoir, Utah  
  • 2 positions to be filled
  • Housing provided
  • Fisheries and Aquatic organisms: Conduct fish, amphibian and habitat surveys.  This will include electrofishing and observation surveys for species.  We will also be measuring habitat.  This will include flows, bank stability, and instream habitat. 
  • Wildlife: Conduct wildlife surveys on northern goshawk, migratory birds, and survey for species in areas where timber sales or other project work is planned.  Review photos from wildlife cameras to identify wildlife species.  Conduct habitat surveys for sage grouse. 
  • We also plan to have the interns participate in teams with other specialists to help them understand the interworking of the Forest Service and interagency cooperation on species, habitat and survey work, as available.  Other project interaction may include range/weeds, botany, recreation and timber.
  • Crews typically work 4-10 hours days.  The work includes carrying heavy loads (electrofishing equipment up to 40lb) in forest and stream environments.  Most of the work is field related and can include high temperatures and adverse weather.  Accurate data gathering and recording is critical.  Crews may be required to work independently at times.

Timber Interns at the Evanston-Mt View Ranger District 

  • Location Bear River Ranger Station 30 miles south of Evanston, Wyoming
  • 4 positions to be filled
  • Housing provided
  • Overtime potential
  • These individuals will be responsible for prepping the Red Ryder Timber Sale.  Work involved will include designating cutting unit boundaries, designating what trees shall be felled, and estimating tree height, diameter, defect, and volumes.  Interns will become familiar with estimating basal areas, the use of GPS, relaskops, diameter tapes, compasses, and clinometers.  These individuals may be staying in camper trailers on the work site for up to 20 days, non-consecutively. 
  • Crews typically work 4-10 hours days. 

Timber Intern at Heber/Kamas Ranger district. Location Heber, Utah

  • 1 positions to be filled
  • Housing provided
  • Overtime potential
  • These individuals will be responsible for prepping the south zone timber sales.  Work involved will include designating cutting unit boundaries, designating what trees shall be felled, and estimating tree height, diameter, defect, and volumes.  Interns will become familiar with estimating basal areas, the use of GPS, relaskops, diameter tapes, compasses, and clinometers.  These individuals may be staying in camper trailers on the work site for up to 20 days, non-consecutively. 
  • Crews typically work 4-10 hours days

Recreation Interns at Evanston-Mt View Ranger District

  • Location Bear River Ranger Station 30 miles south of Evanston, Wyoming
  • 4 positions to be filled
  • Housing provided
  • Overtime potential.
  • Performs a variety of duties in support of the unit’s recreation/trails program in the area of recreation.  May perform law enforcement responsibilities.  Assures the trails and recreation facilities are maintained to established standards.  Gathers specific data on recreation conditions.  Provides detailed information about recreation opportunities to Forest Visitors and explains Forest Service rules and regulations.  Provides information on resource management practices.

Range Interns at Logan and Heber District

  • Location:  Heber 2 positions - housing provided
  • Location:  Logan 1 position - no housing 
  • Permit administration, vegetation monitoring, range improvement construction and maintenance (trough and fence construction, waterline installation and maintenance).

Administrative Management at South Jordan Office

  • Location - South Jordan
  • 1 position - no housing
  • Assist in providing public information about the Forest, responding to information requests, assisting in clerical activities, email, mail, etc.

Qualifications

Applicants must be current undergraduate students in a degree program in the USU Quinney College of Natural Resources. Applicants must have a general knowledge of the specific internship listed. Applicants must have the ability to learn new skills rapidly and effectively as well as take instruction and conduct field or office work as directed. They should also have the ability to operate office, laboratory, and field equipment, including vehicles, safely and effectively. A valid driver's license is required. Successful applicants will be expected to work under difficult field conditions for extended periods of time. 

Salary: $12-15 per hour depending on housing

Closing Date: applications will be accepted until Feb. 20

Employment Dates: flexible; Start May; End Aug; total of 12 weeks. 

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Summer Research Position
Description:
The goal of the summer internship is to give an undergraduate student an opportunity to gain experience working in a collaborative effort that directly benefits the National Parks. This position will provide valuable research experience.  

Internship Descriptions:

  • Partipate in an ongoing pika ecology study
  • Widlife inventories
  • Citizen Science Wildlife Study
  • Park-wide natural esource maintenance

Benefits/Description:

  • Approximate Start/End Date: May - August 2017
  • $12 an hour/40 hours a week/occasional evening hours required
  • Housing: Yes
  • Location: Cedar Breaks National Monumnet
  • Supervisor:
    Nickie Frey

Qualifications:   

  • Current USU QCNR student
  • Must have a valid US driver's license and transportation

To Apply:  Application deadline is March 1

  • Send cover letter, resume and copy of unofficial transcripts to Dr. Nicki Frey by email, nicki.frey@usu.edu

Wild Utah Project

2017 Summer Field Ecology Internship

Overall Description: 

The Ecology intern will work closely with our Biologist and Director in addition to other staff in the execution of Wild Utah Project’s Wildlife Science and Citizen Science Programs. Priorities include being trained to assist with current field research studies and orchestrating logistics for single and multiple-day (camping out) Citizen science field data collection trips with potentially up to 15 volunteers. There will be a certain amount of “in-office” work, including activities ranging from literature reviews and document library organization on our server, to writing comments on federal land management plans or actions. This will be a full time position starting mid-late May or by June 01 (once the semester is over) through early-August (approximately 10 weeks, based on student’s schedule). The internship is intended for a junior or senior within the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.

 

Areas of Responsibility:

  • In particular, our intern will spend a considerable portion of the summer working with our staff and USU faculty member, Joe Wheaton and his lab, in assisting with ground-truthing the Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT model). This will involve traveling to specific sites that are predicted to be suitable or unsuitable beaver habitat by the model and may or may not currently support beaver, taking site photos, and doing a series of qualitative and quantitative measurements as part of a field protocol. After the intern is trained in the protocol, this fieldwork will involve some traveling with another field technician or independently on remote Forest Service unpaved roads, and camping in the field, for up t0 3-4 days at a time, for as many as 3-4 different trips to different National Forests in Utah.

  •  The intern will assist as needed with ecological fieldwork for ongoing WUP research & monitoring efforts with/for partners (i.e. Kennecott long-term grazing study, boreal toad habitat assessments, and bat box occupancy surveys).

  •  The intern may also be asked to assist with logistics for local efforts (bat box monitoring and aquatic habitat assessments) and out-of-town field trips (e.g. SheepRocks pre-Beaver Dam Analogue assessments) multi-day Citizen Science field trips, and then would also attend the Citizen Science trips as an assistant and a participant.

  •  The intern may be asked to enter field data into databases for the aforementioned projects.

  •  During office hours, the intern may be asked to assist other Wild Utah Project staff as needed with biological analyses or reports for other Utah conservation groups.


Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate or graduating senior, majoring in biology, ecology, and/or other natural resource degrees at Utah State University

  •  Prior field experience gathering ecological data in the field is important

  •  Strong communication and interpersonal skills will be very helpful

  •  Organization skills are very useful (detail oriented and adept at meeting deadlines)

  •  Willingness to work independently and/or with a team in the field and office

  •  Willingness to camp independently on public land for some field efforts

  •  Living somewhere in the greater Salt Lake area for the summer will be important

  •  With this year’s internship emphasis on ground-truthing of the BRAT model, majoring in, or field experience with aquatic ecology, fisheries, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology and/or other watershed science is a plus.

Salary: The gross summer salary for this position will be $5,500 to $6,000 for the summer, depending on numbers of weeks the intern is able to devote to Wild Utah Project over the course of the summer.  We will also cover all travel expenses to all field sites (either through reimbursement for mileage in intern’s own, field-hearty vehicle, or through truck rental), as well as covering meals while intern is away in the field. 

Course Credits for your academic institution possible.  We will work this out with applicant and his/her institution on a case-by-case basis

Application Procedure:  Send resume and cover letter by February 20.  Attention:  Mary Pendergast,(email preferred but hard copies also OK) mary@wildutahproject.org. Wild Utah Project, 824 South 400 West, Suite B-117,   Salt Lake City, UT 84101. 

Summer Internship Program

 Summer Internship Program - 2 Positions Available

Logan City Environmental Department seeks two students for a summer internship program.  The primary goal of the internship will be for the students to evaluate and enact strategies to help decrease contamination in our recycling programs and evaluate strategies to improve multifamily housing recycling programs, to perform public education about the Environmental Department programs, and to assist in hosting household hazardous waste collection events.  Interns will work with Logan City Environmental Department Conservation Coordinator, Emily Malik, for these recycling & household hazardous waste projects. Iternship may change to involve additional projects within the Environmental Department. 

The interns may enroll in a one-credit internship class during the fall semester after the summer internship period to produce a final project report if desired.  A QCNR faculty member will grade this internship course.

  • The successful candidates will be prepared to work with the public in a professional manner.
  • 8 am - 5pm Monday through Friday (with an occasional Saturday)
  • Must be able to adapt to a variety of roles and responsibilities (eg, data entry one day and working outside in the heat the next).
  • This position is for approximately 30 hours per week.

Selection of Interns

Students from the Quinney College of Natural Resource at Utah State University will be eligible for this internship.  Application process will include evaluation by QCNR personnel, with input from City of Logan personnel, and be based on student’s progress towards a degree, a summary of student’s career goals, and a letter of recommendation from a USU faculty member.

Intern Benefits

  • $12/hour for 30-40 hours per week 
  • Interns will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the job site at 153 N 1400 W in Logan, UT.

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Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Regional Intern (3 Positions) 

Description

The goal of the internship program is to give undergraduate students a broad exposure to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (Division) and illustrate the many career possibilities available through the agency.  The Division has six sections including Administrative Services, Aquatics, Conservation Outreach, Habitat, Law Enforcement, and Wildlife; this position is designed to give the intern experience in all of these sections.  Through field and office work assignments, exploration of wildlife and habitat plans, and networking with professionals, the intern, under the supervision of a Division mentor, will gain an extensive understanding of how the Division functions.  There are three internships, one in each of three Division Regional Offices, Ogden, Cedar City and Price. Housing is available in Price.

Duties

Conduct field and office work in wildlife, aquatics, habitat, law enforcement, and conservation outreach.  Specific duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Field data collection on wildlife and aquatic species
  • Field data collection on habitat projects.
  • Assisting Conservation Officers in law enforcement activities.
  • Assisting Outreach Manager with public information activities.
  • Assisting all sections with data compilation, data entry, and other office related tasks

Work with a Division mentor to gain a broad understanding of the agency.  This may include:

  • Reviewing Division materials such as management plans, conservation strategies, rules, and proclamations.
  • Attending a Regional Advisory Council meeting.
  • Networking with Division employees.

Provide an internship project report highlighting your experiences and suggesting ways to improve the internship program.

Qualifications

Applicants must be current undergraduate students in a degree program in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. Applicants must have a general knowledge of wildlife, aquatics, and/or habitat management in Utah and/or general knowledge of wildlife law enforcement and conservation outreach.  They must have the ability to learn new skills rapidly and effectively as well as take instruction and conduct field or office work as directed.  They should also have the ability to operate office, laboratory, and field equipment, including vehicles, safely and effectively. A valid driver's license is required.  Successful applicants will be expected to work under difficult field conditions for extended periods of time.

Credit/Honors

Interns may, as an option, enroll for up to 2 credits; points are also available for Honors students.  Students taking credit or Honors points will work with an Academic mentor and be given mutually-agreed upon academic assignments to complete during their internship.

Salary: $10.99 - $12.24 depending on experience

Location: base of operations in Ogden, Cedar City, Price.

Number of Openings: 3 (one in each location)

Closing Date: applications will be accepted until 17 March 2017

Employment Dates: flexible; not to exceed 12 weeks between mid-May and end of August. 

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For more information contact:                          

Dr. Frank P. Howe

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

frankhowe@utah.gov (subject line “Undergrad Internship Application”)

Division Wildlife Resources - Wildlife Extension

Job Title: Extension Wildlife Internships

Duration: April - July, 2017

Location: Cache Valley and Howell Valley

Supervisor: Thayne Aubrey -  Graduate Student in WILD

Positions available: 1

Expected Hours: up to 40 hours/week

Pay Rate: $12.00/hr

Closing Date:  Application will be accepted until March 10, 2017. 

Job Description: Logan City is developing a new landfill in north Cache Valley. Both interns will work with Thayne to monitor wildlife responses to the construction of the landfill. Surveys will be conducted in north Cache Valley (near Clarkston) and at a reference site in Howell Valley (Box Elder County). Interns will gain experience monitoring the following: Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, Grasshopper Sparrows, Raptors, Corvids, Gulls, mammalian predators, and wildlife-vehicle collisions. Interns will also gain monitoring experience using point count surveys, lek counts, and track traps. Work will begin in April (based on the intern’s availability with school) and continue through July. A vehicle, optics, GPS, and other field gear will be provided. Interns will be responsible for their own room and board in Cache Valley.

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For more information contact:

Thayne Aubrey 
thayne.aubrey@gmail.com