Conservation and Outreach Internship

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Utah State University
Kimball Junction, Utah, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 21, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
This Internship will be involved with a wide range of activities and projects at the organization and will report to the Executive Director. This person will assist with conservation and restoration efforts on the Preserve as well as nature interpretation in the EcoCenter, at community events, and on the Swaner trails, During the course of this internship, the intern will experience a wide range of conservation projects and outreach opportunities, making this the perfect internship for a student who wants the opportunity to explore a variety of career options or refine their interests in the environmental or non-profit field.

This intern will gain hands-on experience in implementation of restoration and land management projects, including identification of native and non-native plant species.

The intern will gain an understanding of the complex issues surrounding community conservation including local partnerships, conservation easements, and recreational use.

The intern will also develop outreach and interpretations skills, enabling the intern to effectively communicate and teach about the natural world.

The intern will learn about non-profit organizations and management, the day-to-day operations of a community center, and the many facets of USU Extension work.

  • Primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Assisting with a broad range of restoration projects such as installation of streambank revetments on East Canyon Creek and the reintroduction of the Columbia spotted frog on Swaner Preserve.
  • Management of noxious weed species on the preserve including pulling and monitoring.
  • Working at the EcoCenter exhibit hall interacting with visitors, as well as assisting with guided Preserve tours and lectures.
  • Creating interpretive materials to educate visitors and trail users about the Swaner Preserve.
  • Assisting with social media content associated with their work.

  • A commitment to outdoor education and/or conservation.
  • The ability to work in a self-motivated and independent manner.
  • An outgoing, optimistic, and can-do attitude.
  • Ability to work in a wide variety of environment and weather conditions.
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
  • Coursework relevant to the fields of habitat restoration, conservation, wetland science, ecology, science communication etc.
  • Experience in habitat conservation or field work.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a preferred.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/CV"

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Minimum $11 per hour, commensurate with experience

The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).

Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

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The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

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