Utah State University

Botany Field Intern - Uintah Basin, UT

City Vernal
Posted Date 7 months ago(2/28/2020 1:29 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary
$12.50/hour Crew Member, $15.00/hour Crew Lead


Multiple positions are available to work with Utah State University Wildland Resources faculty in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management Vernal Field Office (VFO) to conduct field work in the Uintah Basin of Northeastern Utah to:

  • Perform Threatened & Endangered plant surveys
  • Assess changes in T & E plant population densities

Botany Crew Interns will support the management mandate of the VFO to monitor Threatened & Endangered plant populations. Known populations will be visited and known specimens will be monitored. Additional unmapped specimens within known populations will be marked with UTMs. Work proposed here will generate spatial data of plant localities and provide a comparison to assess whether populations have changed since previous surveys.

Positions are funded for no more than 29 hrs/wk for 14 weeks each, May 4th-August 5th. Preference will be given to qualified Utah State University students. Preference will also be given to applicants that can be present during the entire field season. Crew member compensation will be $12.50/hr. and Crew lead compensation will be $15.00/hr. No housing is provided with this position. The duty station for these positions is Vernal, Utah.

Interns will make field observations of wildlife or vegetation according to protocol, collect data, and enter data. They will collaborate with teammates and the crew lead to collect and assemble a high quality data set in an efficient manner. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin 1 April 2019 and continue until all positions are filled.


  • CPR/Wilderness First Aid Certification
  • Conduct field surveys independently after training
  • Plant identification and quantification following protocol
  • Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on unmaintained dirt roads
  • Follow protocols for plant surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance
  • GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites
  • Data entry under direction of the crew lead
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience identifying plants
  • Demonstrated fieldwork experience
  • Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to follow safety regulations
  • Driver's license and experience driving 4WD vehicles in order to travel to field sites
  • Ability to efficiently execute directives and study plan
  • Ability to collaborate with crewmates and follow team lead

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional fieldwork experience
  • Professional plant identification experience or certifications
  • GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience
  • Experience with detailed survey protocols
  • Experience with mountaineering
  • Data entry experience
  • Demonstrated strong performance in relevant coursework, including but not limited to one or more classes in a topic such as botany, ornithology or mammalogy, biology, ecology, natural resource management, or GIS

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under “Resume/CV”

2. A List of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members) to be submitted at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile

3. Unofficial transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the candidate profile under "Documents 1-5"

4. Cover Letter (Include a summary of why you are seeking this position and which position(s) you wish to apply for) should be typed/pasted at the end of the application process


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$12.50/hour Crew Member, $15.00/hour Crew Lead


This position requires considerable physical activity. Employees must have sufficient strength to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position including moderate lifting, strenuous hiking, walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, and squatting.  This position requires nearly continuous standing and repetitive hand motions.  Employees work outdoors and may be exposed to unusual elements including extreme temperatures, adverse weather conditions, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.  Employees may need to work irregular hours in order to fulfill position responsibilities.  

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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