U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Idaho State University (ISU), and Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), is seeking to fill multiple positions for Interns to conduct avian biological surveys primarily targeted at greater sage-grouse at multiple study sites across Nevada and California. Primary duties may include sage-grouse capture and handling, lek counts, radio-telemetry, nest and brood monitoring, habitat sampling, avian predator surveys, data entry and management, and other biological surveys as needed. Work hours will be irregular and include nights, early mornings, and weekends. The Nevada landscape is beautiful but rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.
These temporary, full-time appointments will last from the first week of March through the beginning of August, with the potential for extended employment depending on funding and performance. Primitive field housing will be provided, and successful applicants will be required to stay on site during work periods.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single word document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: email@example.com. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Rebecca Kelble. Please include “Greater Sage-grouse Intern Position” in the subject line.
Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified, and interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible.
B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred although experienced undergraduates are encouraged to apply for intern positions. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates is essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions.
Internships will be offered to applicants that can demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology, a willingness to learn new techniques and work as part of a team, and a desire to work hard in a remote but beautiful field setting. Previous field experience is desirable, but not required.