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Biological Monitoring Intern

The Crane Trust
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Wood River
Job Description:

Biological Monitoring Intern Position Type: Seasonal Internship Date of Employment: May 15th to September 15th with possibility of extension to November 15th Website: We are currently seeking 1-2 seasonal Biological Monitoring Interns to serve as part of our natural resources research team at the Crane Trust for the upcoming spring and summer field seasons of 2017 as part of our LTBM (Long-term Biological Monitoring) Program. Biological Monitoring Interns will be working on a great variety of projects described below, with a major focus on avian point counts, vegetation surveys, and small mammal trapping. A description of ongoing research at the Crane Trust that the position will participate in is described below. Projects Vegetation- Helping record data and read long-term vegetation monitoring plots, including both upland and riparian habitats. Using taxonomic keys to identify plants to species. Helping press plants and contributing to our herbarium. Avian- Assisting with point count and transect songbird surveys as well as helping with shorebird/wading bird surveys, and prairie chicken research, including data entry on these projects. Small Mammal- Sherman box trapping along long-term monitoring transects to collected species diversity and abundance data. Bison Behavior- Observing Bison social behavior including forage and social behavior, habitat use data, working with the Bison coordinator and the UNL veterinary lab on collecting Bison health data. Recording data during Bison “working” period. Fish Seining: Systematic surveys for populations of slough fish. Position will aid with fish capture, identification, data recording, and data entry. Butterfly Species of Concern Surveys: Transect surveys for Regal Fritillary and Monarch butterflies, as well as general butterfly research. Ground Water Monitoring: Assist in recording groundwater depth data utilizing digital transducers.


Qualifications A college degree with a major or minor in the biological sciences, natural resources, botany, range science, ecology, wildlife biology, agriculture or a related field. If you do not have a degree or official minor in one of these fields, college credits equivalent to a minor (24 credits in biological sciences) will be acceptable. Field experience is a bonus, whether in class, for work, or for an internship. Please let us know about your love of working in the outdoors. Our tallgrass prairie system is extremely beautiful and diverse, but you will be exposed to many biting insects, hot humid weather conditions, and poisonous plants. Knowing you enjoy working outside for extended periods of time, despite some basic lack of comfort, is a must. You must also be good at working and living in close quarters with other people. Housing includes private rooms with shared men’s bathroom, women’s bathroom, and kitchen. These will be the same people you will be working long field hours with and collaborating with on research projects, both in the office and field. An ability to get along with others is a must. Must have the ability to hike moderate distances over uneven terrain and lift up to 50 lbs. Skill in Microsoft office including Access and Excel, STATA, R, SPSS, ArcGIS, ArcPad, Garmin Basecamp, DNR Garmin, and other programs often used in Natural Resources Research is a great benefit, but not mandatory. You must also have proof of personal health insurance and a valid driver’s license for the position. Experience with off-road driving and UTVs is also a benefit.

Stipend: $700/mo

Housing Provided

How to Apply:

Application Deadline is April 15th; however, if we have a great deal of applicants we may pull a final list as early as April 1st so make sure to apply as early as possible. However, if you see this post late feel free to apply as we never know when a position may open up. Application Instructions To apply send one document, preferably a PDF, containing your resume/CV, contact information, 3 references, and a cover letter no longer than 1 page detailing your interests in the biological monitoring projects ongoing at the Crane Trust, your skillset, important experiences (educational, volunteer, or work highlights), and a little about your philosophy on conservation and work. I know this is a lot to fit into 1 page, but be concise and it should fit. Thank you for your interest in this position. Please email or airmail applications to the below address and feel free to call with any questions. Contact Information Andy Caven Lead Biologist Crane Trust 6611 W Whooping Crane Drive Wood River, NE 68883 Cell: (605)-252-8007 Office: (308)-384-4633 x6