Internship Opportunity with the National Park Service and the Missouri River Institute
OVERVIEW: The Missouri River Institute (www.usd.edu/mri) and National Park Service (www.nps.gov/mnrr) are
partnering to offer a Missouri River Natural Resources Internship Program. Internships will focus on Missouri Riverrelated
scientific research, land management, inventory and monitoring, and environmental education projects. Two
interns will be hired for the summer of 2020, with the potential for some hours to continue into the fall of 2020. Job
responsibilities will require field work and will include some hiking and physical activity, often in the hot and humid
summer conditions of southeastern South Dakota.
POSITION TITLE: Missouri River Natural Resources Intern
Missouri River Institute projects are expected to include:
Nest searching and monitoring to assess bird productivity in riparian forest habitats
Vegetation sampling to monitor cottonwood forest succession
Other inventory and monitoring activities on study properties within the MNRR: water quality, amphibians,
aquatic invertebrates, photo point monitoring and development, etc.
Data management and analysis activities
National Park Service projects are expected to include:
Assisting with the implementing the Property Management Plan: trail/campsite development and construction,
sign installation, development of interpretive/educational materials associated with MNRR properties
Inventory and monitoring activities on NPS properties: water quality, amphibians, vegetation, photo point
monitoring and development, etc.
Invasive species efforts related to zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, and eastern red cedar
Maintenance activities on NPS‐owned properties
Contributing to educational outreach events and working with the public regarding environmental education
Learning about the National Park Service and Science and Resources Management at Missouri National
Recreational River and assisting with other projects as appropriate based on intern interest and experience
HOURS: Summer hours are flexible, with a total of 40 hours per week.
REQUIREMENTS: Students meeting the requirements below are encouraged to apply:
Entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year or recent graduates
Biology, Sustainability, or similar major or minor
Excellent writing and communication skills
Proficient with computer applications such as Windows programs
Interest in environmental education and working with the public
Experience with canoes, kayaks, motorboats, off‐road vehicles, and trailers preferred
Familiarity with GPS units and/or ArcGIS preferred
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license
COMPENSATION: Interns will be paid $12 per hour.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Application deadline: March 9, 2020. Send a current resume and a letter of application,
describing why the position is of interest to you and why it might benefit your eventual career choice, to Dr. David
Swanson at David.Swanson@usd.edu. Decisions will be made by late March 2020.