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Stewardship Intern Position

Title: Stewardship Intern
Supervisor: Stewardship Associate
Office: Driggs, Idaho
Stipend: $1,500 per month, full time
Application Deadline: Application materials must be received by March 17, 2014 to be considered.
Start Date: May 2014 (Date is flexible)

The Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) is seeking qualified applicants for a Stewardship Intern position. The Stewardship Intern position is a physically demanding internship position that will last for approximately 3 months throughout the summer and provide the candidate with experience in land stewardship and conservation.

The Stewardship Intern acts with staff to complete Stewardship Program duties including (1) management of fee-owned properties including weed management, grazing management, fence repair, and water control structure management; (2) management of an 840-acre ranch; (3) assisting with stewardship of conservation easement properties (4) assisting with baseline studies and documentation to identify conservation values for potential easement or property acquisitions; (5) assistance with habitat restoration/enhancement projects; (6) assistance with outreach and donor cultivation events and activities; (7) collecting GPS data and limited GIS mapping; and (8) recordkeeping and file maintenance. The Intern may also have the opportunity to participate in ecological monitoring including songbird and waterbird surveys.


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

1) Fee-owned Management: Manage TRLT-owned properties including: weed control, clean up, fence maintenance, removal and construction, and other management duties.

2) Ranch Management: Assist in management of Six Springs Ranch with support of the Stewardship staff and ranch lessee. Responsibilities include fencing, weed management, maintaining water levels in ponds, managing a moist soil unit to benefit waterbirds, and grazing management.

3) Easements: Assist Stewardship staff in completing annual monitoring visits and reports, maintaining landowner relations, and following-up on potential easement issues.

4) Baselines: Assist Stewardship staff with preparation of high quality baseline documentation including conducting field assessments and gathering land use and resource information.

5) Restoration: Assist in gathering materials and supplies and performing restoration activities (willow harvesting, tree planting, irrigation, and fencing).

6) Fundraising and Outreach: Assist in outreach events and fundraising activities including set up and clean up before and after events.

7) Data Collection and Maintenance: Collect data and photos using GPS units and digital cameras and maintain data in associated files and databases.


SKILLS:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently with little direction.
• Good problem solving skills.
• Ranch management skills (includes fence construction, removal, and maintenance, pulling and maneuvering trailers, noxious weed control, working with grazing lessee, water management, etc.).
• Familiarity with wildlife and conservation issues in the Intermountain West preferred.
• Experience working with private landowners, non-governmental organizations, and state and federal agencies.
• Rowing and paddling skills desired, but not required.
• Range management skills desired, but not required.
• Experience using GPS units.
• Ability to interpret aerial maps.


QUALIFICATIONS
• 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.
• Valid driver’s license.
• This position requires walking/hiking on unlevel and uneven terrain for long distances and lifting heavy materials.
• Flexible schedule: duties may require long hours in the field and work during early morning, evenings and on weekends.
• Duties will include physical labor in often uncomfortable field conditions (heat, cold, water, insects).
• Ability and willingness to apply unrestricted herbicides for weed control.

Application: Please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Subject line titled, “Stewardship Intern”.

No phone calls please.

The Teton Regional Land Trust works to preserve important agricultural lands and fish and wildlife habitat in Eastern Idaho for the benefit of future generations.