Multiple positions are available to work with Utah State University Biology faculty in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office (VFO) or the Ashley National Forest (ANF) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin or Uintah Mountains to:
monitor raptor populations (3 positions)
monitor Northern Goshawk populations (3 positions)
monitor white-tailed prairie Dog populations (4–5 positions)
conduct vegetation surveys to quantify sage-grouse habitat (4 positions)
conduct cactus surveys and monitoring (3 positions)
Positions are funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 14 weeks each, roughly May 7th-August 10th, depending on the crew. Preference will be given to raptor applicants who could begin earlier. Crew compensation will be $12.50/hr, depending on position.
Raptor nest monitoring crew interns assess raptor nesting success throughout the VFO district.
Northern goshawk interns assist with northern goshawk monitoring on the ANF.
Prairie dog crew interns assist the VFO with prairie dog population monitoring in support of the black-tailed ferret management plan.
Sage-grouse habitat crew interns perform line point intersect vegetation transects on the ANF to identify vegetation and quantify habitat characteristics.
Cactus crew assists the VFO with cactus surveys and monitoring.
Interns will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They will collaborate with teammates and the crew lead to collect and assemble a high quality data set in an efficient manner. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking, work in adverse weather conditions, camping, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin 19 Feb 2018.
CRP/First Aid Certification
Conduct field surveys independently after training
Mapping of prairie dog colonies based on Visual Encounter Surveys and Indirect Sign
Plant identification and quantification following protocol
Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on back roads
Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours
Follow protocols for raptor surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance
GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites
Experience identifying raptors
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 crew mates and follow team lead
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
Demonstrated relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as botany, ornithology or mammalogy, biology, ecology, natural resource management, or GIS
HOW TO APPLY
Apply at the following link:
-Cover Letter indicating which position(s) interest you
-A list of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members)
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