Natural Resource Planning Internship: Missoula, MT

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DJ&A Natural Resource Planning Internship Summer 2023 DJ&A is excited to offer an internship opportunity for students who desire to gain hands-on experience, develop their skills, and learn more about the work we do and the clients we serve. Through our internship program, interns will spend the summer gaining relevant experience on projects within the environmental consulting industry in a supportive and exciting environment. We are currently looking for a natural resource planning intern to join our environmental group located in Missoula, MT. This internship will provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of environmental consulting, with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of projects and gain relevant experience regarding environmental assessments, natural resource inventories and monitoring, data analysis, biological assessments, and more. Throughout the course of this internship, interns will have a unique opportunity to learn about the intersection of environmental law and policy and real-world implementation of natural resource projects. Who is DJ&A? DJ&A is a multidisciplinary professional services consulting firm that delivers a diverse range of engineering, environmental, surveying, and planning services to clients across the nation. Founded in 1973 by two former U.S. Forest Service employees who saw a need for a company that uniquely understood Forest Service projects, DJ&A has continued to grow and expand over the last 48 years by embracing the values of our founders. Today, we have a team of 80+ skilled professionals spanning across offices in Missoula, MT; Vancouver, WA; Lakewood, CO; Bozeman, MT; and Sioux Falls, SD. We are proud to serve a diverse range of clients, including federal agencies such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Federal Highway Administration, and are connected locally with tribal governments, municipalities, and private clients. Internship Goals: Our goal is to provide interns with opportunities to gain relevant, hands-on experience on projects within the environmental consulting industry. As an intern, opportunities could include: • On-the-job training regarding the preparation of environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and reports in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other relevant environmental laws • Gaining technical skills regarding project planning, logistics, data collection and analysis, and technical writing/editing • Performing fieldwork (e.g., biological surveys, natural resource management implementation, etc.) • Working with and learning from a variety of project managers and environmental science professionals Internship Overview: What We’re Looking For: Candidates with an interest in natural resource planning who are currently enrolled in an accredited academic program and desire to build a career in the environmental sciences Internship Location(s): Missoula, Montana Duration/Schedule: Interns will be expected to work a 40-hour work week for approximately 10-12 weeks from May through August. The position will require the candidate to work Monday-Thursday from 7:00 am-5:00 pm and Friday 7:00 am-4:00pm with every other Friday off. Overtime may be required due to project deadlines or increased workloads. Alternative internship schedules may be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the candidate’s availability throughout the school year and/or summer. Compensation: • Paid hourly wage commensurate with experience. • Overtime paid at time and a half of hourly wage • Work-related travel costs are covered by DJ&A Internship Program Outline: The following outline is meant to give potential internship candidates an overview of an expected schedule for our internship program. This is schedule is subject to change depending on an intern’s workload demands and interests. All interns will be assigned to a specific discipline group within DJ&A and will have a supervisor who is responsible for providing them with mentorship, supervision, and support. Week 1: The goal of this week is to get to know our new interns and provide them with the direction and support needed for success throughout the remainder of their internship. Candidates who are invited to intern with us will arrange a mutually-agreeable start date. During their first week, interns will attend an orientation led by our internship committee. This orientation will cover: • Introduction to our company and our staff • Overview of our internship program details and expectations • Goal-setting for the internship • Review of DJ&A’s employee handbook, company policies, and safety materials • Summary of ongoing project work related to an intern’s specific area of interest • Initial work assignments Internship Summary Presentation The orientation will also provide interns with information about a presentation we ask each intern to give at the conclusion of their internship. These 10–15-minute presentations are given during the last week of the internship and are presented to the company during a staff meeting. These presentations typically include: • An outline of an intern’s goals for their internship and what they accomplished • An overview of projects and tasks that were completed Weeks 2-11: Once interns have been introduced to our company, they will begin to work closely with our staff to support projects related to their specific area(s) of interest. Our internship committee coordinates closely with our team’s project managers to make sure each intern is assigned to work that helps them gain hands-on experience, learn new skills, and contribute in a meaningful way to our company. DJ&A provides a wide variety of professional services and we try to give our interns as many opportunities as possible to learn and gain exposure to the different disciplines we provide. Any time not spent working on project-based work will be used to complete baseline office tasks and on development of their presentations. Depending on an intern’s skill-set or interests, these tasks may include: Internal training modules Data entry and organization Figure and table preparation Literature review and research Week 12: Interns use the final week of their time with us to wrap up remaining project tasks and give their internship presentation during a company-wide staff meeting. QUESTIONS? WANT TO LEARN MORE? We appreciate your interest in DJ&A and our internship program. If you have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to contact or 406-721-
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