Ranchland Conservation Intern, Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

Remote & Cheyenne, WY

Position Title: 2021 Ranchland Conservation Intern

Organization: Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Position Summary: The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) and the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources are partnering to recruit a University of Wyoming student to serve as the 2021 Ranchland Conservation Intern. The Intern will gain in-depth knowledge and experience in land conservation and further WSGLT’s mission of conserving Wyoming’s working agricultural landscapes. The Ranchland Conservation Intern will work with Dr. Drew Bennett in the Haub School during part of the Spring and Fall semesters and with WSGLT’s stewardship team to monitor the 103 conservation easements across 283,686 acres of Wyoming ranchlands during the summer. Other administration responsibilities include supporting WSGLT with project due diligence and project documentation for pending projects and supporting organizational outreach and fundraising efforts.

Dates: This position will be part-time from February to May at 5-10 hours a week. It is anticipated that the candidate continues this position as a full-time employee averaging 40 hours a week from May to August. Upon mutual agreement, the position may continue part-time during September to December.

Primary Responsibilities with Haub School:

• Research conservation and stewardship programs in Wyoming and the West

• Develop outreach and communication materials related to conservation and stewardship of private lands for diverse audiences

Primary Responsibilities with WSGLT:

• Annual monitoring and stewardship of conserved properties

• Work with the WSGLT team to monitor existing conservation easements (this requires frequent overnight travel from May-August)

Ensure that the current condition of each property is fully documented

Complete follow-up paperwork and maintain files documenting the annual monitoring visit

• Appropriately elevate any landowner reserved rights requests, suspected violations, or other stewardship related issues to Stewardship Coordinator

• Assist in drafting Baseline Documentation Reports (BDRs) for new conservation easement projects

Assess and document the current agricultural, ecological, and cultural conditions of new projects

• Assist in creating a new database to store project information

• Maintain compliance with the WSGLT’s policies and alignment with the Land Trust Alliance’s Standards and Practices

• Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

• Current undergraduate or graduate student in agriculture, natural resource management, land conservation, or a related field.

• MS office and ArcGIS experience preferred

• Strong organizational skills and ability to work under deadlines while producing accurate work

• Ability to work independently in remote areas and in potentially hazardous terrain

• The capability to communicate professionally with landowners and other organizations

• Proven capacity to work effectively as a team player; willingness to participate in all facets of this unique Land Trust

• Valid driver’s license

• Good physical condition; ability to use an ATV necessary

Location: Remote/partially remote until May. Primarily based in Cheyenne May through August.

Salary: DOE. Potential to earn credits towards degree

How to Apply:  Please email a copy of your resume (with 3 references) and a roughly 1-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and how you think it will benefit your career goals to Dr. Drew Bennett (drew.bennett@uwyo.edu) with the subject line “Conservation Internship Application”.

Application deadline: extended deadline—February 15, 2021

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer.