Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, located in Park City, Utah, is seeking interns for the Summer 2023 season to be involved with a wide range of activities and projects. 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. This person will report to the Conservation Coordinator.
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 or recent graduate who wants the opportunity to explore a variety of career options or refine their interests in the environmental or non-profit field.
This intern will gain hands-on experience in implementation of restoration and land management projects, including identification of native and non-native plant species. They will gain an understanding of the complex issues surrounding community conservation including local partnerships, conservation easements, and recreational use. The intern will also develop outreach and interpretation skills, enabling the intern to effectively communicate and teach about the natural world. The intern will 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 monitoring of nest boxes, maintenance and installation of restoration plantings, 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, and leading restoration volunteer groups.
Creating interpretive materials to educate visitors and trail users about the Swaner Preserve. Assisting with social media content associated with their work.
Candidates must have a positive attitude, be willing to learn, work well as part of a team, and enjoy working outdoors in a variety of environments and weather conditions. Candidates must be professional in interactions with staff, volunteers, and the public as a representative of USU Extension and the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter. Candidates professional, academic, and lived experience will be taken into consideration during the hiring process. Candidates should support the organization’s ongoing DEI goals, and help create a respectful workplace culture where all are welcome.
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