Wildlife Intern


Salary: Based on Experience: $12-15 /hr.
Job Closing Date: 01/22/21
Company Name: ESER Program (Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research)
Parent Company: Veolia Nuclear Solutions – Federal Services
Contact Person: Sue Vilord
Address: 120 Technology Drive
City/State: Idaho Falls, ID
Phone Number: 208-227-9028
Company Website: www.idahoeser.com
Contact email: sue.vilord@vnsfs.com

Responsibilities:
The Environmental Surveillance, Education, and Research (ESER) Program conducts sage-grouse and raven monitoring activities on Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site to support a conservation agreement between USFWS and DOE to protect sage-grouse and its habitat. Two temporary, full-time wildlife intern positions are available during the 2021 spring field season (early March through mid-May), with the potential of extending through the summer field season. Pay will range from $12.00 to $15.00/hour, depending upon experience.
The position will be based at the Veolia office in Idaho Falls which is located approximately 45 miles east of the INL Site. Interns will be required to begin and end each day at the Veolia office Monday-Friday, between 4:00 – 4:30 am then travel to the INL Site for fieldwork.

Duties:
Wildlife interns will spend most of the day working independently, often in remote areas. Primary responsibilities include counting the number of sage-grouse on leks, systematically searching for new sage-grouse leks, surveying powerlines and other infrastructure for raven nests, and recording pertinent information on handheld GPS units.

Qualifications:
Applicants should have or be working towards a degree in ecology, biology, wildlife, environmental science, rangeland science, or related natural resources field. Preference will be given to applicants with field experience and bird identification skills. Because of the remote field site, successful candidates will be mature, responsible, and able to work with minimum supervision. Successful candidates must have the stamina and skill to spend most of each day safely navigating a 4x4 truck over extremely rough roads in all types of weather and to occasionally hike up to an hour over rugged terrain in the dark. They must be capable of hearing vocalizations and observing courtship behaviors of sage-grouse at distances of up to 800 meters, be able to lift and carry objects that weigh up to 50 pounds, including a backpack, and kneel or squat for extended periods of time. They must also be U.S. citizens, possess a valid driver’s license, and provide proof of insurance.

Application Instructions:
A complete application package needs to include a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and two letters of reference. Letters of references should come from people who are familiar with your work ethic and job skills.

The cover letter and resume can be submitted to our website here

Unofficial transcripts, and reference letters are to be provided to Sue Vilord (sue.vilord@vnsfs.com)

Review of applications will begin January 25th, 2021.

Questions regarding the position or local housing information should be addressed to Sue Vilord