Utah State University

Wildlife Field Intern - Uintah Basin, UT

City Vernal
Posted Date 2 months ago(3/16/2022 10:12 AM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
29 Hours per week
Statewide Campuses
Statewide Campuses-Uintah Basin
Advertised Salary
$15.00/Hour for crew members, $17.00/Hour for 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 to monitor white-tailed prairie dog populations.


Prairie Dog Crew Interns assist the VFO with Prairie Dog population monitoring in support of the black-footed ferret management plan. Known colonies will be inventoried for activity to generate population estimates. 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. Fieldwork may require strenuous hiking, work in adverse weather conditions, and irregular hours. Work may be conducted in a team setting or independently. Review of applicants will begin 1 April 2022.


Four crew member positions and one crew lead position are available and funded for no more than 29 hours per week for 7-12 weeks, May 9th-June 30th or August 12th. 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. Compensation will be $15/hour for crew members and $17/hour for crew leads. No housing is provided with this position. The duty station for these positions is Vernal, Utah.


  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Conduct field surveys independently after training
  • Mapping of prairie dog colonies based on Visual Encounter Surveys and Indirect Sign
  • Raptor identification
  • Plant identification and quantification following protocol
  • Travel to field sites, driving 4WD vehicle on back roads
  • Hiking to work sites, sometimes in adverse weather, sometimes at irregular hours
  • Follow protocols for wildlife surveys with emphasis on minimizing disturbance
  • GPS management to find and monitor or map study sites


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience identifying local flora and fauna
  • 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
  • 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
  • Professional wildlife identification experience
  • GIS, GPS, or orienteering experience
  • Experience with wildlife handling and survey protocols
  • Data entry experience
  • Demonstrated 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. Please attach the following documents combined into a single pdf in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    1. A cover letter, a summary of why you are seeking this position
    2. A current résumé
    3. A list of the names, titles, contact information, and relationship to the applicant for two professional references (not family members)
    4. Unofficial transcripts

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

Advertised Salary

$15.00/Hour for crew members, $17.00/Hour for Crew Lead


The environment and physical requirements may change depending on the specific function of the work each department performs. Incumbents may be in both indoor and outdoor environments. Indoors, in an office space, event space, or public space are protected from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Incumbents may nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).  


Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects up to 50 pounds and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time.  

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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 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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, 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


*updated 04/18/2022


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