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    Raptor Field Intern

    • Employer: Utah State University Uintah Basin
      Location: Vernal, UT
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/05/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Multiple positions are available to work with Utah State University Biology faculty in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office (VFO) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah to:

    monitor raptor nesting success (4 positions)

    monitor White-tailed Prairie Dog populations (4 positions)

    Raptor Crew Interns assess raptor nesting success throughout the VFO district by visiting known nests; recording evidence of nesting; prey remains near the nest; habitat characteristics, including invasive plants; and recording local disturbances. Crew members will also be responsible for collecting genetic samples (fecal material and feathers) using sterile technique. Crew members may have the opportunity to band nestlings up to 3 days during the season.

    Prairie Dog Crew Interns assist the VFO with White-tailed Prairie Dog population monitoring in support of the Black-tailed Ferret management plan. This requires walking established transects in known colonies to record evidence of activity.

    Positions are funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 13 weeks each, May 6th-August 2nd. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season. Crew member compensation will be $12.50/hr. Crew lead compensation will be $14.50/hr. No housing is provided with this position.

    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, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently.



    CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certification

    Conduct field surveys independently after training

    Raptor identification

    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 unmaintained dirt 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

    Data entry under direction of the crew lead




    Minimum Qualifications:

    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 crewmates and follow team lead


    Preferred Qualifications:

    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

    Experience with technical climbing

    Data entry experience

    Demonstrated strong performance in 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


    Required Documents

    Along with the online application, please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf:

    A cover letter, including a summary of why you are seeking this position and which position(s) you wish to apply for.

    A current résumé to be uploaded in the profile

    Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded in the profile



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