The Conservation Stewardship Initiative Intern (Intern) will help advance the Conservation Stewardship Initiative through fieldwork and computer analysis. The Intern will work 35 hours per week for up to 12 weeks from June through August.
The Intern will assist with fieldwork in native grassland pastures managed for cattle and bison grazing, including:
- Inventorying rangeland forage (i.e., plant material available for livestock grazing) and plant species occurrence (e.g., wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees)
- Mapping invasive species and natural resource conditions.
- Implementing grazing management, prescribed fire management, invasive species, and wildlife habitat management practices.
- All training necessary to complete the above work will be provided by your supervisor.
The Intern will also help analyze data collected in each pasture, as well as satellite-acquired data, including:
- Herbaceous vegetation cover and plant species occurrences.
- Forage production and fuel load amounts.
- Cover of woody plants, both tree and shrubs.
- Mapping individual ranches and their natural resources, including pasture and management boundaries, natural resources of conservation value and/or concern, and current and past management practices used in each pasture (e.g., prescribed fire applied, herbicides applied to invasive species, livestock mineral feeding sites).
Supervisor will provide all necessary training and accessibility accommodations.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Requires some physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
- May interact with landowners and the public.
- Must adhere to Conservancy safety guidelines.
- Computer work may be done remotely.
- If the Intern is interested in becoming certified in firefighting, training may be provided (National Wildfire Coordinating Group Firefighter Type 2).