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Stewardship Intern

 
Teton Regional Land Trust Stewardship Intern
Date Range: Early to mid-June through early to mid-August (Start and end dates are flexible)
Hours: Average of 35 hours per week for 8 weeks (280 hours total)
Location: Driggs, Idaho
Stipend: $3,500
Application Deadline: May 5, 2021

One Stewardship Intern is needed to assist Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) with Stewardship Program tasks including assisting with 1) land management including invasive weed treatments, irrigation, and fencing, 2) stewardship of conservation easement properties, 3) baseline studies and documentation to identify conservation values for potential conservation easements or property acquisitions, 4) volunteer coordination, 5) wildlife monitoring and data collection, 6) vehicle maintenance and office-related tasks, and 7) fundraising and outreach, if needed.

The Stewardship Intern position is made possible by a generous gift from the Wray Landon Legacy Fund. The objective of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a high school graduate or college student to work in the field of conservation. The intern will be under the direct supervision of experienced TRLT staff, with the goal to provide an inspiring and meaningful experience working on conservation projects in the region.

Primary Responsibilities:
 Work will be primarily outside, with a limited number of office-related duties. 
1)    Land Management: Manage TRLT-owned properties including: weed management, clean up, fence maintenance, fence removal and construction, and other management duties. The intern will spend a large portion of the time on noxious weed management. A UTV equipped with a boom sprayer and hand wand and backpack sprayers will be used to apply unrestricted herbicides to target plant species. In some cases, hand-pulling or mowing may be required. Interns will keep detailed records of treatment efforts including herbicides used, target plants, herbicide amount applied, weather, and other details. The intern will also assist in management of Six Springs Ranch with support of the Stewardship staff and grazing lessee. Responsibilities on the ranch include minor fence repair, minor weed management, irrigation, and monitoring grazing management.
2)    Conservation Easements: Assist Stewardship staff in completing annual monitoring visits and reports, maintaining landowner relations, and following-up on potential easement issues. Due to COVID-19, this may be limited.
3)    Baselines: Assist Stewardship staff with preparation of high-quality baseline documentation including conducting field assessments and gathering land use and resource information.
4)    Volunteer Coordination: Assist in coordinating volunteers and work with volunteers to accomplish projects.
5)    Wildlife Monitoring and Data Collection: Maintain game cameras, complete Trumpeter Swan surveys, collect data and photos using mobile technology and digital cameras, and maintain data in associated files and databases.
6)    Vehicle Maintenance and Office-related Tasks: Office-related tasks include data entry, reviewing game camera pictures, filing, scanning, and timesheet completion. These tasks may be completed at home or in the office (depending on COVID-19 restrictions).
7)    Fundraising and Outreach: Assist in outreach events and fundraising activities including set-up and clean up before and after events, if needed. Due to COVID-19, outreach events will be limited.
 
Training will include: operation and maintenance of UTV, use of mobile technology for data collection, proper handling, application, and storage of herbicides and basic weed treatment equipment maintenance. All personal protective equipment will be provided by Teton Regional Land Trust.

Qualifications: 
·      Must have a valid driver’s license.
·      Working towards or completed an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in area of ecology, wildlife or fisheries, agriculture, conservation, environmental sciences, range management or other natural resources or agriculture related field.
·      Flexible schedule: duties may require long hours in the field and work during early morning, evenings, and on weekends. Evening and weekend work will be limited.
·      Applicants must be willing to work in variable weather conditions, including hot temperatures. 
·      The intern may also work in remote locations (with cell reception) and under physically demanding circumstances. 
·      It is necessary that applicants have excellent observation skills, be detail-oriented, and show patience because weed treatment, monitoring, and mapping can be repetitive. 
·      Ability and willingness to apply unrestricted herbicides for weed management.
·      The intern will follow all TRLT safety measures, including those for COVID-19.
·      After the initial job orientation, the intern may be expected to work independently with little to no supervision, or with a TRLT staff member.
·      Applicants with knowledge or experience in western invasive plants is preferred, but not required.
·       Housing is not provided and housing opportunities are limited in the valley.

To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: nicole@tetonlandtrust.org with the subject line titled, “Stewardship Intern.”
No phone calls please as we are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.