Soil and Water Conservation Intern

Position Summary

The Soil and Water Conservation Intern will assist the Palouse Conservation District in implementing a research and monitoring program to assess changes in water quality, soil health, and riparian habitat associated with conservation projects installed on private lands. The conservation measures assessed will include riparian buffers, post-assisted log structures, beaver dam analogs, regenerative agriculture, and conversion in tillage practices. This internship will provide networking opportunities while working with private landowners and partners from local, state, and federal agencies, and scientists from WSU and the University of Idaho. While working with the Research and Monitoring team the intern will conduct water quality monitoring, stream and riparian habitat assessments, vegetation surveys, and soil health sampling. They will learn basic data and statistical analysis in R and Excel, GIS mapping and analysis techniques, and use GPS systems to map and monitor changes over time. The intern will also work with the Research and Monitoring Program Manager to design and implement a research project that fits the individual’s interests.

Position Details

FTE: 1.00 FTE (40 hours/week)
Compensation: $17.01 – $22.11/hour (depending on experience)
Position Type: Temporary (Not Benefit Eligible)

Required Qualifications

  • Working toward a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, or a closely related field; OR working toward or has received a technical degree (AS/AA) and 1-year related experience. Qualifying experience may substitute year-for-year for the education requirement.
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Arc GIS.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Physically able to carry up to 40 lbs. over steep and rough terrain in inclement weather conditions.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to multi-task effectively.
  • Valid, unrestricted driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of watershed monitoring and management, with an emphasis on streams and riparian zones.
  • Experience programming with The R Project for Statistical Computing or other programming languages.
  • Knowledge and experience working with ESRI Products.
  • Experience installing, maintaining, and using water quality sensors, sondes, and data loggers.
  • Knowledge of local plant communities and ecology.
  • Experience soil sampling in agricultural fields.
  • A team player who values building partnerships and a non-regulatory approach to natural resource conservation.
  • An interest in agriculture and land stewardship.

Application Instructions

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Please be prepared to submit a letter of interest and a resume by March 29, 2024. Applications that do not include both a letter of interest and a resume will not be considered. Palouse Conservation District is an equal-opportunity employer.

Position Description

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