Vegetation Management Intern NPS - Bryce Canyon #32111
Position Type: Internship
Open until Thu, April 1, 2021
Work Hours: 40
Location: Cedar City, UT
Schedule: TBD. This position may include some weekend work.
Dates: 05-17-2021 - 08-27-2021
Agency: National Park Service
Location: Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park seeks a highly motivated and hard-working student with an interest in acquiring experience in the field of natural resource management. The Vegetation Management Intern will work with the park’s vegetation crew, conservation corps crews, and volunteers to maintain healthy native plant communities at Bryce Canyon National Park. The intern will gain experience in invasive plant management, disturbed area rehabilitation, habitat restoration, plant surveys, and other work-related to maintaining natural landscapes at a highly visited national park.
This internship will provide an opportunity to build important skills for the field of vegetation management. Some of those skills include plant identification, collecting and utilizing GIS data, herbicide handling and application, and planning, executing and reporting on vegetation projects. This internship will also provide a great introduction into the unique plant communities and ecology of Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as natural area conservation and public land stewardship. There may also be opportunities to help other park divisions, as well. Duties of this internship require working in an outdoor setting for long periods. Tasks will require strenuous physical activity such as manual labor, lifting, carrying, and hiking at high altitudes and over rugged, precipitous, and sometimes unstable terrain. Work occurs in a variety of natural settings, often in remote backcountry areas. The weather in the park can be quite variable. Temperatures fluctuate an average of 30 degrees between day and night during the summer, with afternoon thunderstorms commonly occurring from July through August.
The intern must be comfortable with working with chemical herbicides and, once hired, will need to obtain a Utah Pesticide Applicator License (provided). Other requirements include a demonstrated ability to work safely, be self-motivated, and successfully work as part of a diverse team. Preferred candidates will have a background, major, and/or strong interest in biology, botany, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.