Wildlife Biology Intern

Expected Dates
May 14, 2018 to August 5, 2018
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest
Position ID
The U.S. Forest Service, Gunnison Ranger District, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) is seeking a Masters graduate candidate intern to model and field verify Northern leopard frog habitat. The intern will conduct a literature review and use GIS to model habitat for the GMUG National Forests. The intern will conduct field verification of modeled habitat, assess aquatic habitats for suitability, and conduct amphibian surveys.  Information collected by the intern will be used to inform direction being developed for Species of Conservation Concern in the Forest Plan Revision.  Training will primarily be provided through on the job experience.  This will include office and field time with GIS and wildlife biology professionals and visits to occupied leopard frog sites.  Those that are highly motivated, adaptable, enthusiastic, and come with previous natural resource field experience working in the woods will be successful.   

This position will be based out of the Gunnison, CO duty station and the base of operations will be the Gunnison Ranger District office.  No overnight travel will be required.  The position requires daily travel/driving time to field sites.  The field sites are typically within a one to two hour drive from the Ranger District office. 

The field work requires extensive on and off-trail hiking, with daily hiking distance potentially exceeding 12 miles. At times, hiking to field sites includes several thousand feet of elevation gain and loss in a single day. Terrain encountered will include mountainous terrain and steep slopes, loose and rocky soils, time spent in wet conditions at riparian/wetland sites, and uneven/unstable surfac
  • This position is located in Gunnison, CO. The duties will primarily be on the Gunnison Ranger District (over 1.3 million acres), but will also include portions of other Ranger Districts on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (over 3 million acres).
  • GIS, plant identification, amphibian survey methodologies, first aid, CPR and AED, ATV/UTV, defensive driving and government driver certification, radio communications, safety training
  • The intern will learn about conservation biology principals, local ecology and biology particularly for riparian and wetland habitats, and will conduct work that will directly contribute to the development of species conservation direction.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Field Research
competent with supervision
some experience
Plant Identification
competent with supervision
Data Analysis
competent with supervision