Ecological Restoration Summer Internship

River Partners
Chico, Sacramento, Modesto, or San Diego, California
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The Restoration Scholar Intern works as part of River Partners’ Science Team to support, implement, and monitor our habitat restoration projects on California’s rivers. This position provides a great opportunity to learn about large scale horticultural restoration, vegetation monitoring techniques, riparian ecology, GIS applications, and riparian plant and animal identification. Restoration Scholars spend time hiking outdoors collecting and analyzing plant and wildlife data within our adaptive management framework to help design better habitat restoration projects in the future.   This position requires long strenuous days monitoring vegetation in the summer heat, data entry and management, and a self-directed research project pertaining to riparian restoration. Forty-hour workweeks will be expected and early morning workdays starting at 6 am are not uncommon for this position. During the summer months River Partners works 4, 10-hour days each week. Housing is not provided.   If you are interested in applying or want to learn more, please visit our website:   To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in a PDF saved with applicant’s last name and location applying (i.e., Last name, Chico Ecological Internship2023) to Application Deadline: 04/14/2023 
• Applicant must be a student (or recent graduate) pursuant of a degree and hold a valid driver’s license. • Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in summer temperatures exceeding 90 degrees (F).   • Ability to take direction, work independently, possess a strong work ethic, and maintain a willingness to learn and a desire to gain experience. • Strong verbal and written communication skills. • Previous field experience is desirable, but not required.  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a connection to the Central Valley and places that River Partners works, a knowledge of native and invasive riparian plants and wildlife, experience with handheld GPS units and GIS software, and experience with data entry (using excel, ArcPad, ArcGIS) and data management.
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