Natural Resource/Private Ranch Internship; Texas

Shield Ranch
Travis County (near Austin, Texas)
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$14/hr + housing
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Description: The Shield Land Stewardship Group, LLC is currently accepting applications for a 2021 summer intern. This is a full-time, term position lasting up to 10 weeks based on performance. This position will provide support to the Land Steward and other staff in various aspects of conservation and land management at the Shield Ranch near Austin, Texas. Primary duties will be to assist the Land Steward with various conservation and land management activities and projects including: mechanical juniper control, herbicide treatment, wildlife and habitat surveys, invasive and/or feral species removal, water infrastructure improvements, wildlife accessible water structures, tractor and skid loader work, water quality monitoring, and trail maintenance. In addition, the position will gain experience regarding practical ranch management involving the maintenance and operating of a 6,800-acre property. Background: The 6,800-acre Shield Ranch is located in southwestern Travis County in the Barton Creek Watershed near the town of Bee Cave. The ranch is a protected wildland in close proximity to the City of Austin. Ninety-two percent of the ranch is under conservation easements with The Nature Conservancy and the City of Austin. The ranch has received numerous awards (including, in 2000, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Statewide Lone Star Land Steward Award) and has been widely recognized for its commitment to land stewardship, water quality, ecological diversity, outreach, and education.
Qualifications: Enrolled in a college or university program with a focus on natural resource management, conservation, or environmental sciences, plus working knowledge of land management. Must be willing and able to safely operate gas-powered equipment (ATVs, chainsaw, string trimmer, etc.) and a variety of hand tools. Previous experience with operating tractor and skid loader is preferred but not required. Must be willing to work in all kinds of weather and in various natural habitats and ground conditions. Work will involve hiking uneven terrain and lifting and carrying up to 50-lbs occasionally. Applicant must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, good communication skills, and ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Applicants must be able to use computer software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills. Applicants with experience using GPS and GIS software is preferred. Successful candidates must maintain a valid driver license. Applicants are subjected to background checks. Work Schedule and Compensation: This is a fulltime, term position with hours to be set by the Land Steward. A typical work week will be 40 hours but may involve long work days and/or evening and weekend hours. Compensation is $14/hour. On-site housing provided. A high-clearance vehicle or UTV for accessing ranch roads is provided during workdays for use on the Ranch only. Intern may submit for mileage reimbursement at the current IRS rate, for any work-related errands performed with the intern’s personal vehicle. The dates of employment are May 17th – July 23rd, however start and end dates are flexible. Deadline to Apply: Please submit your resume along with a cover letter and three references via email to by March 12th.
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