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  • Missouri River Natural Resources Intern

    • Employer: The Missouri River Institute
      Location: South Dakota
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/09/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    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.

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