Job Title: Internship
Organization: LU Ranch
Type of opportunity: The LU Ranch is looking to hire an intern for the summer of 2020 to help develop and implement its Range Development Initiative. The Range Development Initiative is a long-term project intended to increase the ranch’s grazing capacity, balance the needs of cattle and wildlife and improve the overall health of the ecosystem.
Duties: This summer we plan to focus on these specific components
- Development of a grazing management plan for our irrigated fields, which will include analyzing the fields’ soil and grass, determining their grazing capacity, developing a sustainable rotational grazing plan and creating procedures to continue monitoring and improving our grazing practices in the future.
- Development and implementation of a comprehensive weed management program to address the continued incursion of invasive species, such as cheatgrass, spotted and Russian knapweed, and Canada and musk thistle.
- The specific goals and expectations of the internship will be developed in cooperation with the LU Ranch management team, and they will be based on the capabilities and interests of the intern, and the needs of the ranch.
Desired qualifications: We are looking for an intern with the following desired qualities and credentials
- Has completed a minimum of 2 years of relevant undergraduate coursework (or equivalent education and work experience).
- Able to commit to approximately 3 months of full-time work on the LU Ranch (May-August)
- Comfortable living in a remote location and working outdoors without access to basic facilities and comfort.
- Willing to help with basic ranch tasks and events, such as branding, fencing and spraying weeds (estimated 20 hours per week).
- Self-starter with initiative who can make responsible decisions with minimal supervision.
Start and end dates: May-August
Salary/pay: The intern will receive the following benefits
- A wage of $10 per hour.
- Free housing, utilities, and wifi.
- Opportunities to work with government agencies, non-profits, and other industry organizations.
- Opportunity to develop and complete at least one project that will have a real impact.
- Learn how a commercial ranch works and how it engages with partner organizations.
- Regular mentorship and professional development opportunities.
- Opportunity to receive academic credit for work.
How to apply: Please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how you think it will benefit your career goals to Heather Love (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Application deadline: March 1, 2020