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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Internships and seasonal employment


Browse the National Council for Science and the Environment's environmental internships clearinghouse.

Visitor Services and Environmental Interpretation Internship

Organization: Patuxent Research Refuge

Location: Laurel, MD

Type of opportunity: Part-time internship, 25 hrs/week

Contact: Amy Shoop, 301-497-5776, Amy_Shoop@fws.gov

Duties:

  • Developing and Conducting Creative Nature Programs
  • Leading Wildlife Conservation Tram Tours
  • Conducting Puppet Shows
  • Working With Scout and School Groups
  • Operating the Visitor Center

Desired qualifications: Applicants should possess or be pursuing a degree in natural resources, biology or an education-related field. A valid driver’s license is required.

Start and end dates: August 22-November 23, 2014, flexible, work schedule includes weekends and some holidays

Salary/pay: Free on-site housing available.

Link to more information: View flyer.

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references with phone numbers to Amy Shoop, Amy_Shoop@fws.gov.

Application deadline: July 16, 2014

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Conference Internship

Organization: The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)

Location: Washington, DC

Type of opportunity: Full time

Contact: Christopher Prince, internships@ncseonline.org

Duties:

  • Coordinate email campaigns to recruit conference volunteers (including personalized emails to certain individuals as well as generic emails to be sent to large groups).
  • Reach out to all universities and colleges in the DC area to recruit volunteers.
  • Utilize online forums (eg Idealist.org, craiglist.org) as well as listservs to publicize volunteer opportunities.
  • Assist in monitoring the conference emails and answering inquires.
  • Maintain spreadsheet with volunteer information.
  • Assist with training for individuals who will be taking notes during the conference breakout sessions.
  • Conduct inventory of conference materials leftover from last year and compile list of materials to order (no later than 2 weeks before the conference).
  • Help with various post-conference duties as they arise by working directly with the Conference Program Coordinator and the Meetings Manager on general planning task.
  • Assist with administrative task of other programs if needed.

Start and end dates: August 2014-January 2015

Link to more information: View flyer.

How to apply: Email resume along with a brief cover letter to Christopher Prince, internships@ncseonline.org.

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Conservation Associate

Organization: Jackson Hole Land Trust

Location: Jackson, WY

Type of opportunity: Three-month contract position

Contact: lizlong@jhlandtrust.org

Duties: The Conservation Associate assists the Director of Conservation in the administration of the Stewardship and Protection Programs. He or she will work closely with the Director and conservation staff. Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide support for the Director of Conservation in correspondence with appraisers, landowners, real estate professionals and government entities regarding conservation projects
  • Coordinate and track the due diligence of active protection projects
  • Coordinate and track active landowner requests and violations, including communications with Director of Conservation and stewardship staff
  • Research opportunities for protection project funding from government and foundation sources
  • Assist in grant writing for protection projects, as needed
  • Assist Land Steward in creation of property files for completed protection projects and maintenance of original documents
  • Maintenance of Summer Stewardship Calendar and monitoring visit tracking
  • Complete necessary conservation filing, as needed
  • Compile, transcribe, distribute and file Protection and Stewardship Committee meeting minutes
  • Accompany Stewardship Staff on annual conservation easement monitoring visits, as needed
  • Review, edit, and contribute to JHLT conservation program correspondence with landowners and conservation partners
  • Assist Director of Conservation as needed

Qualifications:

  • Very strong clerical and organizational skills (competent with, at minimum, Microsoft Word and Excel)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to work in both an office and field setting o Willingness to work in a collaborative, shared-space office setting
  • Working knowledge of legal and real estate documents
  • Working knowledge of the Jackson Hole area, history and community
  • Expressed interest in and/or commitment to a career in land conservation o ArcGIS working knowledge

Work Schedule: 25 hours/week, flexible M-F between 8:30-5

Salary/pay: Dependent upon experience

Link to more information: http://jhlandtrust.org/employment-opportunity-conservation-associate/

How to apply: Send cover letter and resume to lizlong@jhlandtrust.org.

Application deadline: Open until filled

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Haub School peer mentors and student ambassadors

Organization: Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Location:
Laramie, Wyo.

Type of opportunity: Varied

Contact: Melanie Matthews, melanie.matthews@uwyo.edu

Duties: Peer mentors will assist with the Haub School's August 2014 field courses in majestic Grand Teton National Park, hosted by Teton Science Schools. Student ambassadors will work with Haub School staff throughout the academic year to support the Academic Programs. Student ambassador duties will include recruiting prospective students, retaining current students, acting as liaisons with the general public, and sharing Haub School experiences with diverse audiences. Haub School ambassadors will receive a $500 stipend for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Start and end dates: Peer mentors must be available from Saturday, August 23 through Friday August 29, 2014. Student ambassadorships will last for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Living stipend: Peer mentors will have all field course costs paid by the Haub School, and will receive an additional $250 stipend for the week. Haub School Ambassadors will receive a $500 stipend for the 2014-2015 academic year.

How to apply: Complete a one page form.

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Wyoming Wilderness Association Internships

Organization: Wyoming Wilderness Association

Location: Sheridan, Wyo.

Type of opportunity: Summer internship

Contact: Carolyn Schroth, carolyn@wildwyo.org

Duties: Learn to advocate, educate, and organize for the protection of Wyoming’s wild lands. Projects include organizing campaigns to protect the Rock Creek proposed wilderness of the Bighorns, organizing our extensive Wild Outings program, media development, tabling at Wyoming’s many events and festivals, along with commenting on public lands proposals, outreach and website enhancement.

  • Organizing and helping to lead wilderness outings into wild unprotected areas to learn about wildlife and habitat
  • Working with volunteers to inventory roadless wild areas
  • Teaching wilderness values, representing WWA’s programs to the public
  • Advocating for wilderness by attending and speaking at public meetings, organizing locals to participate and write letters, researching agency actions to promote better protection, and writing comments to be the voice for Wyoming’s wild places.
  • Developing media campaigns to get information out on print, radio, TV and social media sites.
  • Enhancing and redesigning our website
  • Improving your knowledge of wilderness policy while gaining an incredible experience of non-profit function in this great state.

Desired qualifications: Desire and heart to be part of a home-grown, spirited wilderness organization and passion for wild places

Start and end dates: Flexible dates summer 2014

Living stipend: $500/month

Link to more information: View the flyer.

How to apply: Shoot an email with a letter of inquiry, resume and 3 references to Carolyn Schroth, Executive Director at carolyn@wildwyo.org

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Wyoming Wilderness Association BLM Program Intern

Organization: Wyoming Wilderness Association

Location: Lander, WY

Type of opportunity: Summer internship

Contact: Jennie Trefren, jennie@wildwyo.org

Duties: The BLM Program Intern will aid the BLM Community Organizer with administrative and outreach tasks during summer 2014. Examples of specific tasks and general projects that the intern will execute and be involved with:

  • Assisting with completing reports for the BLM wilderness characteristics inventory project
  • Writes one Letter to the Editor regarding the protection of BLM wild places
  • Assists in the organization and execution of outreach events, such as public educational outings, tabling at public events, and fundraising events
  • Assist staff working on other WWA campaigns when appropriate

Necessary qualifications:

• Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to hike and work in rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions during field work and public outings
• Ability to quickly learn new technology
• T echnical and descriptive writing skills
• A sense of humor and friendly/outgoing personality
• General knowledge of public land use issues and cartography principles
• Navigation skills and outdoor recreation experience
• Public speaking skills
• Ability to efficiently work both as part of a team and independently with little supervision
• Immense appreciation for wilderness and wild places

Preferred qualifications:

• ArcGIS (beginner to intermediate skill level)
• Familiarity with Wyoming conservation politics
• Coursework in natural resources, environmental sciences or policy, the sciences, geography, or a related field

Start and end dates: 2-3 months during summer 2014

Living stipend: $500/month

Link to more information: View the flyer.

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume and 3 references Jennie Trefren, BLM Community Organizer, at jennie@wildwyo.org

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Literature review of Rocky Mountain beavers

Organization: Haub School of ENR and Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Location: Laramie, WY

Type of opportunity: Hourly student job starting fall 2014

Contact: Nicole Korfanta, korfanta@uwyo.edu, 766-5306

Duties: Review published and unpublished literature on the effects of beavers on ecosystem features and services (sediment storage, amount and timing of stream flows, habitats, etc.), and extract information to quantify the effects of beaver presence in Rocky Mountain watersheds. This job may be performed as an internship or independent study with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. An instructor will supervise credit-bearing work; your internship or independent study will require you to complete a substantial paper or other writing component.

Desired qualifications:

  • Enrolled undergraduate or graduate student in any relevant discipline, or recent graduate
  • Ability to thoroughly and systematically search scientific literature, including primary publications and gray literature
  • Ability to read critically and identify the most useful information in scientific papers, technical reports, and non-technical literature
  • Knowledge of the design and construction of relational databases useful, but not required

Start and end dates: Position starts in fall 2014 and requires approximately 320 hours of effort. The workload can be extended across 2-6 months depending on the student’s needs and schedule.

Salary/pay: $11.00 - $13.00 / hour, depending on experience. Social security and workers’ compensation will be deducted

Link to more information: Download the job announcement.

How to apply: Contact Nicole Korfanta, Director of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, at 766-5306 or korfanta@uwyo.edu.

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Seasonal Environmental Field Technician

Organization: InterTech Environmental and Engineering, LLC

Location: Laramie or Rock Springs, Wyo.

Type of opportunity: Seasonal environmental field technician

Contact: Joshua P. Zeeb, 307-755-3495, jzeeb@cbmainc.com

Duties:

  • Identify and characterize vegetation species.
  • Use and maintain electronic data entry and collection devices such as PC tablets, GPS, and camera.
  • Walk and drive in rugged terrain.
  • Assess condition of field infrastructure, implementation of erosion control Best Management Practices (BMPs), and associated maintenance issues.
  • Thoroughly and accurately complete field data entry forms.
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) necessary to conduct compliance tasks, field studies and reconnaissance field work.
  • Make field judgments based on training and experience to address challenging and unanticipated field conditions with primary concerns for health, safety, and environmental protection factored into the decision-making process.

Requirements:

  • College level class work or field experience related to plant identification.
  • Prior field experience preferred.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently in demanding field environment.
  • Experienced using Microsoft Excel and Word preferred.
  • Proficiency in the interpretation of topographic maps and use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment and programs preferred.

Pay: $12-$13/hour + per diem for overnight stays

How to apply: Email employment application, cover letter & resume in one file entitled 2014_Last Name_Resume to information@cbmainc.com.

Link to more information: Download the application or visit www.intertechee.com

 

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Field survey crew, Landmark Adventure Science

Organization: Landmark Adventure and Science

Location: American Prairie Reserve, northeast Montana

Type of opportunity: Internship

Contact: mike@adventureandscience.org

Duties: Landmark crew members will be responsible for collecting data on one of the most uncharted sections of the American Great Plains.  After training with ASC staff, crew members will maintain motion-activated cameras, walk 8-12 mile transects to collect wildlife data, assist with special projects, and use GPS units to record spatial data.  Crew members will enter collected data into an open-source database.  Stints are one month in length (with the opportunity to extend up to three months for exceptional crew members) and include one or two days off each week. 

Desired qualifications:

- interest or background in the natural sciences and conservation
- competent and self-sufficient in backcountry travel in all weather conditions
- able to travel 8-12 miles on foot per day
- self-motivated
- Wilderness First Aid certification
- experience working and living closely with others
- ability to thrive in a remote location with limited cell and internet service
- a hearty appetite for adventure

Dates: One month increments starting February 2014

Housing and stipend:

- shared indoor accommodations are provided November through April with access to a kitchen and laundry
- May through October campsites with access to water, outdoor cooking facilities, and laundry are provided
- $300 stipends will be provided to crew members at the end of each month of service to help cover food costs

Link to more information and application: http://www.adventureandscience.org/landmark.html

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Natural Pesticides Research Project: Essential Oils, Extracts and Insecticidal Soap

Organization: Yerba Buena Farm

Location: Jamaica

Contact: Please contact Agape Adams by email (yerbabuenaja@aol.com) or by phone (876-339-1027)

Type of Opportunity: Internship-Interns will be expected to work on this project 40 hours a week. We are flexible about the particular dates.

Duties: Interns will make soap in small batches, and do all the testing in the garden.  We will test our soap against the commercial soap, and will also experiment with adding our essential oils, extracts and other promising additives such as sulphur.  We want to test soap that is made at different pH levels to see what is most effective.
Interns will help to care for the garden and will take part in other activities of the farm as part of a 40 work week.  Past interns have gone to the bamboo forest to gather bamboo for a natural building project, gone to the bat cave to collect guano for use as fertilizer, and after a storm, hauled truckloads of seaweed from a nearby beach to put in our compost pile.

Start/End Dates: varies

Cost: Room and board is $1,500 per month; this includes housing and three meals a day, lots of snacks and an abundance of fresh fruit.  We recommend a minimum stay of two months, and a maximum stay of one semester or the full summer.

How to Apply: To apply for this internship, please find the application here.

Link to More Information: http://yerbabuenafarmjamaica.com/internships/insecticidal-soap-research-project/ or see flyer

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Jamaican Top Bar Beekeeping Internship

Organization: Yerba Buena Farm

Location: Jamaica

Contact: Please contact Agape Adams by email (yerbabuenaja@aol.com) or by phone (876-339-1027) for more information.

Type of Opportunity: Internship-Interns will be expected to work on this project 40 hours a week. We are flexible about the particular dates.

Duties: On our farm, you will build, stock and do everything related to the management of top bar hives. You will build and use equipment such as pollen traps, foundation moulds and queen cages. We host a Bee Club based at the local primary school. You will help run the Bee Club activities - they meet every two weeks at our farm.  If we are in a honey flow during your internship period, you will raise queens. To strengthen and diversify the genetics of the colonies in our apiary, we will collect a comb of eggs from the best hives from the apiaries of different beekeepers in our parish and raise queens using these eggs. By the end of your internship, you should understand what is involved in treatment free, natural beekeeping. You will be fluent in top bar hive building and management. You will have experience leading workshops. You will get a sense of the beekeeping environment here in Jamaica, and can be as active as you wish in our project, which actually supports international development efforts that use apiculture as a poverty reduction tool. Beekeeping can only help people rise above poverty if the hives and the methods are affordable! We require interns to keep a blog and to write regular posts.

Start/End Dates: varies

Cost: We are a family farm, and cannot afford to support this project financially, so all interns must contribute $1500 per month for their room and three meals a day, along with plenty of snacks and fruit. We will also do our best to introduce the interns to the town and the people who live here in an informal way so that the interns can fully experience life in a rural Jamaican town.

How to Apply: To apply for this internship, please find the application here.

Link to More Information: See Flyer

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Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Brad Rowse Policy Internship

Organization: National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses

Location: Washington, D.C.

Contact: Kelli Wagner, kelli@sportsmenslink.org

Type of Opportunity: Internship

Duties: racking state and federal legislation that impacts hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation. Writing and assisting with the preparation of the NASC email newsletter and providing timely information to state legislative caucuses. Additionally, Interns will assist with the various CSF events. Additional responsibilities will depend upon the ability and interest of each intern and the needs of CSF.
Desired Qualifications: (1) Preference to undergraduate or graduate students with a major and/or an interest in conservation/natural resource management and/or policy. (2) Excellent research, writing, and oral communications skills. (3) Available to work on a committed weekly schedule, preferably full-time (40 hours/week for a minimum of three months). (4) Ability to organize time, set priorities, and work under pressure while paying attention to detail. (5) Strong computer skills. (6) Good disposition, hard working, creative, with an interest in taking on a variety of tasks. (7) Commitment to the goals and methods of the Congressional Sportsmen¹s Foundation.  An interest in hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation is required.

Start/End Dates: Rolling deadlines for summer, fall, and spring positions

Salary/pay: Stipend, not to exceed $1000/month

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, complete resume, a college transcript, three references, and a writing sample. Finalists will be interviewed in person or by telephone. Send completed applications to:
Brad Rowse Internship Program
c/o Kelli Wagner
Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
110 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Link to More Information: http://www.sportsmenslink.org/about/employment/brad-rowse-policy-fellow/ 

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline for summer, fall, and spring positions

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