Utah State University

Conservation and Outreach Internship

City Park City
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/11/2022 1:42 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Park City
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
16-29 Hours per week
College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Swaner EcoCenter
Advertised Salary
Starting at $12/ hour, commensurate with experience


This internship will be involved with a wide range of activities and projects at the organization and will report to the Executive Director. This person will assist with conservation and restoration efforts on the Preserve as well as nature interpretation in the EcoCenter, at community events, and on the Swaner trails, During the course of this internship, the intern will experience a wide range of conservation projects and outreach opportunities, making this the perfect internship for a student who wants the opportunity to explore a variety of career options or refine their interests in the environmental or non-profit field.


The Conservation and Outreach Intern will:

  • Gain hands-on experience in implementation of restoration and land management projects, including identification of native and non-native plant species.
  • Gain an understanding of the complex issues surrounding community conservation including local partnerships, conservation easements, and recreational use.
  • Develop outreach and interpretation skills, enabling the intern to effectively communicate and teach about the natural world.
  • Learn about non-profit organizations and management, the day-to-day operations of a community center, and the many facets of USU Extension work.


  • Assisting with a broad range of land management and habitat restoration projects such as installation of streambank revetments on East Canyon Creek, fence installation and repairs, trail camera deployment and monitoring, and management of noxious weed species on the Preserve including pulling and monitoring.
  • Working at the EcoCenter exhibit hall interacting with visitors, as well as assisting with guided Preserve tours and lectures.
  • Creating interpretive materials to educate visitors and trail users about the Swaner Preserve.
  • Assisting with social media content associated with their work.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must have a positive attitude, be willing to learn, work well as part of a team and independently, and enjoy working outdoors.
  • Candidates must be professional in interactions with staff, volunteers, and the public as a representative of USU Extension and the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.
  • A commitment to outdoor education and conservation.
  • Coursework relevant to the fields of habitat restoration, conservation, wetland science, ecology, science communication etc.
  • An outgoing, optimistic, and can-do attitude.
  • Ability to work in a wide variety of environments and weather conditions.
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office products.
  • Job offer contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in habitat conservation or field work is a plus.
  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

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

Advertised Salary

Starting at $12/ hour, commensurate with experience


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


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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