Wildlife Field Intern - Uintah Basin, UT

Utah State University
Vernal, Utah, US
Jul 23, 2021
Aug 01, 2021
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The successful candidate will work with Utah State University Biology faculty the Ashley National Forest (ANF) to conduct field work in the Uintah Mountains or the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah to monitor goshawk nesting success.

The Goshawk Crew assesses nesting success throughout the ANF by visiting known nests, recording evidence of nesting, identifying prey remains near the nest, recording habitat characteristics (including invasive plants), and recording local disturbances. Crew members will also be responsible for collecting genetic samples (fecal material and feathers) using sterile technique.

This position is funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for up to 5 weeks, Jul 28th-Aug 31st. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season and who can begin immediately. Compensation will be $12.50/hr. No housing is provided with this position. The duty station for these positions is Vernal, Utah.

The intern will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They will collaborate with teammates agency personnel to collect and assemble a high-quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking (up to 15 miles per day off-trail in rough terrain), work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled.


• Conduct field surveys independently after training

• Goshawk identification and aging

• Follow protocols for surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance

• Plant identification and quantification following protocol

• Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on unmaintained dirt roads

• Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours

• Navigation via GPS

• GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites

• Data entry under direction of the crew lead


Minimum Qualifications:

• Experience identifying and aging goshawks

• Knowledge of ANF's goshawk protocol

• 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 agency personnel

Preferred Qualifications:

• Professional fieldwork experience

• Professional plant identification experience or certifications

• Professional raptor identification experience

• GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience

• Experience with raptor handling and survey protocols

• Data entry experience

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf:

1. A current résumé

2. The names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members or personal references)

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume

2. The names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members or personal references)

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:



This position requires moderate physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting (up to 50 pounds), walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting. This position requires nearly continuous standing, repetitive hand motions, and reaching overhead. Employees work outside and will not be protected from weather conditions, including extreme cold and extreme heat for extended periods.

University Highlights:

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. in 2019 and the 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 .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; 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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