This is a 20-30 hour/week part-time position paying $15/hour. It includes pro-rated paid holidays, plus food and travel costs for field activities. Transportation, equipment and training are provided by ONDA.
Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is a grassroots organization of over 10,000 members and supporters that exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon's deserts. ONDA’s Hillis Internship was launched in 2021 to honor Harv Hillis’ passion for desert conservation and stewardship by providing early career individuals with valuable learning and professional growth opportunities while contributing to the conservation of Oregon’s high desert.
This year’s Hillis Internship will be assigned to ONDA’s stewardship program where we conduct ecological restoration, monitoring, and inventory work across thousands of acres in Oregon’s high desert with the support of hundreds of volunteers. In 2021, ONDA responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding our Independent Stewards Program to engage volunteers safely and effectively in this critical stewardship work. The intern will support this program by developing the data processing and analysis system for data collected by Independent Stewards and by assisting with riparian restoration activities such as planting and fence construction. The intern will work alongside stewardship staff to determine what systems are needed to ensure that the data collected by Independent Stewards is processed and stored in an accessible format. They will also be responsible for developing a report analyzing and documenting data for at least one Independent Stewards project that ONDA can utilize to inform future stewardship and conservation campaign work.
This is a part-time, 12-week internship from October through December 2021. It includes both field-based and office-based activities. Field activities will require physical exertion such as prolonged hiking over rough terrain and carrying heavy items. The intern must be able to perform safely under strenuous field conditions and work outdoors, in a small team at remote sites with variable weather conditions, rough terrain and other hazards. The intern will be expected to conduct duties in a safe and orderly manner so as not to endanger self and others, or damage property with which they are entrusted. Camping in central and eastern Oregon for 4-5 day periods will be required. Office activities will require prolonged periods of sitting and computer work.
The Hillis Internship is open to early career individuals with a demonstrated interest in ONDA’s conservation mission. Early career individuals are defined as:
Students currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, 4-year university, 2-year college, trade school, etc.);
Recent graduates who have completed a post-secondary degree or certificate within the past 12 months, or
Independent students who are pursuing an education or experience – formal or informal, within or without the bounds of a traditional educational institution – in a subject area related to ONDA’s mission and the internship.
Ideal candidates are those with experience or training in ArcGIS and data analysis/management.