Minnesota DNR Mussel Survey Intern

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Lake City
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**This position's end date was extended from January 31, 2023-February 10, 2023** Job Summary This position exists to assist in implementing mussel surveys and monitoring in selected streams, rivers and lakes in Minnesota, to provide dive safety support, assist with laboratory propagation and life history studies, and to assist with data entry resulting from mussel data collection and research as part of the statewide mussel survey, monitoring, and restoration program. This includes assisting with mussel propagation in the laboratory and field as needed. The internship will require some overnight travel. While on travel status from the primary work location, lodging and transpiration are provided and the cost of meals will be reimbursed. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to the primary work site in Lake City. Housing is not provided for this internship. This position is a set duration 06/01/2023 -11/01/2023 – However the start date may be flexible. It is anticipated that some interns will continue their schooling and will end employment by 09/01/22. Weekly work schedule could vary depending on weather and river conditions. This posting is intended to hire up to 6 interns for the 2023 season.
Minimum Qualifications To be eligible for an Internship, you must meet the following requirements: 1. You must be a student at an accredited educational institution. 2. Your advisor must certify that you will either receive academic credit or fulfill an academic requirement. The signature of a sponsoring academic instructor is required prior to beginning an Internship. AND • Majoring in one of the following: Biology, Natural Resources, Fisheries and Wildlife, Recreation Resource Management, Ecology, or Environmental Science. If you are unsure if your major qualifies please contact us. • SCUBA Certification. • Ability and willingness to work in a wide range of field conditions (cold, wet, mud, bugs, etc.). • Ability to lift and carry heavy equipment. • Ability to travel for a week on short notice and work odd hours. • Ability to follow directions and work independently and well as part of a team. • Excellent human relation and communication skills sufficient to represent the position and Division in a professional, efficient, and clear manner. Preferred Qualifications • Excellent record keeping and organization skills. • Ability to work with a small group of people over extended hours. • Experience diving in cold water with low visibility. • Experience trailing, backing, and operating boats. • Experience identifying native freshwater mussels.
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