Nature’s Capital is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist clients in maintaining and enhancing natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. We are working to fill seasonal Field Ecology Intern positions for the 2017 field season.
The Field Ecology Intern will work in a team of four to six individuals to assist in collecting and summarizing data on the ecology of forest, shrubland, and grassland vegetation. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure, and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant species and communities. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; or interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products.
Work activities will require a positive orientation toward health and safety practices, ability to walk for several hours in (often steep) rugged terrain, work in extreme weather conditions, and work effectively in a team setting. Work schedules will require overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have completed introductory course work in biology within a program leading to a post-secondary degree in botany, ecology, environmental science, forestry, range, wildlife biology or a related field. Candidates for the intern position must demonstrate interest in acquiring skills and knowledge applicable to a career in terrestrial field biology (for example, identifying plants using a taxonomical key, measuring tree growth, sampling vegetation using standardized field protocols, rare plant or noxious weed survey methods, or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience is required and must be documented either through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing or mountaineering. Current certification in standard first aid is required (more advanced certification, for example, Wilderness First Responder, is preferred).
The Field Ecology Intern position will offer an excellent opportunity to acquire experience in a wide range of montane ecosystems throughout Idaho. Training will be provided in the use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic maps, clinometer, hypsometer, and global positioning systems; identification of plant species; use of dichotomous keys; and in specific inventory and assessment protocols.
To apply for the Field Ecology Intern position, please send a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references as a single email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title in the subject line. Candidates for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions are planned to begin on or before April 15, 2017.
Nature’s Capital, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits for the intern position are competitive. Positions may be based in locations other than Boise, ID.