Program Name: University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Address: 31 W College Street, Duluth, MN 55812
Contact Name: Marte Kitson
Pay Rate: $9.50/hour, plus free lodging
Work Schedule: Varies, see below
Start & End Dates: 5/8/2017- 8/21/2017
Live and work at Grand Portage National Monument!
Invasive species undergraduate interns will live at Grand Portage National Monument in LEED platinum rated dormitory-style quarters. They will assist Minnesota Sea Grant and the National Park Service with community outreach and managing and preventing the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species (AIS and TIS) primarily within northeastern Minnesota. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: daily interaction with the general public requiring effective communication and public relations skills; staff booths at community outreach and youth education events related to invasive species education; use chainsaws and spray herbicide to control invasive plants; cleaning and maintenance of equipment. Interns will gain important mentorship in the field and acquire knowledge of job opportunities in natural resource management.Interns may also arrange for academic credit if they choose and will be allowed time to develop a credit-worthy project.
Conduct invasive species control, prevention, restoration and research and the technical aspects of special projects related to these efforts. Receive instruction, training and supervision from National Park Service.
Complete a special 2-credit project (if desired) that enhances their professional portfolio and supports the Minnesota Sea Grant and National Park Service missions.
Assist in the coordination of booth staffing at community events. Receive AIS outreach training and supervision by Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG).
Spend approximately 40% time on invasive species control/prevention/restoration/research work, 40% time on outreach and supporting activities, and 20% of their time on a special project, if desired. If a special project is not desired, their time will be split equally between outreach and prevention/restoration/research work.
Participate in weekly outreach team meetings at MNSG.
Participate in weekly individual meetings and provide updates on assigned tasks and special project to MNSG supervisor.
Submit a final report to MNSG 30 days after final day of work or before December 1 of the year of hire.
Summer schedule varies due to outreach and field work needs. Weekend work is often required. Shifts may be up to twelve hours long, but will not exceed 40 hours per week. Possibility of part time after classes resume in the Fall, contingent on agency needs and funding. Extensive travel in provided vehicles over the course of the summer season will be required. The job begins the week of May 8, 2017 and ends the week of August 21, 2017. There will be approximately three weeks of unpaid time off between the start and end dates; both requested and scheduled time off must coincide with the established work schedule. Work schedule takes priority over time off.
***Applications from current U of M students and current students of other institutions will be given priority consideration.***
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Ability to communicate and work closely with team members in both an office and outdoor setting.
Ability to work independently.
Available for overnight travel up to four nights.
Physical ability to work long hours outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather, covering long distances over uneven terrain carrying gear.
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record (no moving violations; any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a motor vehicle background check).
Able to lift 50 pounds.
Experience sampling and identifying fish, invertebrates, and aquatic macrophytes (Preferred).
Boating and trailering experience with water safety knowledge (Preferred).
Computer skills performing data entry and spreadsheet management skills (Preferred).
GPS and orienteering experience, including forest hiking and stream walking (Preferred).
Mechanical aptitude: e.g. changing vehicle and trailer tires, troubleshooting boat motors, performing routine maintenance of vehicles, trailers, boats, and motors (Preferred).