Beaver & stream ecology internship announcement
Summary: USGS is offering a summer internship to participate in beaver research in the Skykomish Basin, near Seattle WA. The goal of this research is to relocate beavers into headwater riparian areas of the Skykomish River and monitor the ecological benefits provided by beavers. The selected applicant will participate in field-monitoring for hydrology and ecological change (75%), beaver trapping, husbandry, housing, and relocation (25%).
Terms: Full-time, paid summerposition (40 hours per week), must be a student
Compensation: This is a federal position, paid at GS-5 level
Deadline to apply: ASAP – position closes Thursday July 16th
Apply here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409459700
please note, proof of student status is required
USGS FRESC announces a summer beaver ecology internship position opening in Seattle, Washington. This is a full-time summer position, working as part of the Sky Beaver Project research team, which includes researchers from USGS, University of Washington, The Tulalip Tribes, and other Federal and local agencies, and NGO’s. The selected intern will work as a team member on all aspects of the project, including beaver trapping, handling, and release, environmental monitoring and site assessments, and data collection, management, and analysis.
As a Student Trainee (Biology) with the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, you will serve in a trainee capacity, performing routine and recurring development assignments to acquire knowledge and understanding of functions, principles, practices, and methods used in the area of Biology. Duties include:
– Primary responsibilities will be to oversee the animal holding facility, ensuring that raceways are clean, animals are healthy, and beaver are fed daily.
– Perform field reconnaissance of optimal beaver habitat in the Skykomish River Basin.
– Assist in setting, monitoring, and retrieving beaver live-traps, and processing trapped animals. – Assist in relocating beaver and performing post-release environmental monitoring activities.
*All duties described above will occur either on the Tulalip Reservation or with Usual and Accustomed Tribal grounds (100% on tribal lands). Special emphasis will be placed on ensuring that all intern-related activities have a high degree of education or experiential relevance.
Required Skills and Knowledge:
· Knowledge of aquatic or fluvial ecosystems, including plant ID, wetland ID, and fauna.
· Knowledge of natural resource issues such as stream, wetland and riparian ecology, native plants, water quality, salmon habitat, and soils.
· Ability to communicate effectively with private landowners, project partners, and co-workers.
· Ability to use computers to write reports, keep track of work progress, prepare high quality maps using ArcGIS software, and record field data.
· Ability to organize and plan own schedule of activities and to set priorities related to work goals set by the Executive Director and co-managers of the project.
· Ability to maintain accurate records regarding time-keeping and authorized expenses.
· Ability to operate a motor vehicle, including full-size pick-up and trailer, on both public and private roads during daylight and occasionally after dark.
· Ability to work in all types of terrain on foot and operate hand and power tools. Physical effort is required; lifting weights of up to 50 lbs. Work conditions involve strenuous activity, all types of topography, weather, or related outdoor features and frequent travel.
· Must be able to swim.
· Ability to work well with technically diverse project teams.
· Ability to communicate effectively in a team setting.
· Self-motivation and an ability to work independently.
· A valid driver’s license.
To apply for this position:
- Applications must be submitted here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409459700
- Applicants must be a student and should provide proof of student status (transcripts or related materials) in the application packet. Failure to do so will invalidate the application
- Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references. Application materials must be received on or before Thursday, July 16th, 2015.
For more information, contact Ben Dittbrenner at dittbrenner. Alternatively, Dr. Christian Torgersen, the project PI, can be contacted as well.