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
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
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
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
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