Utah Public Lands Intern, Grand Canyon Trust


Job Title: Utah Public Lands Intern

Organization: Grand Canyon Trust

Location: Utah, but the exact location within Utah is negotiable. Boulder or Escalante are the nearest towns to much of the field work. 

Spend the summer working with Grand Canyon Trust staff and partners to research grazing and water issues in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, with a particular focus on the Escalante River watershed. We’re looking for someone to help inventory springs, implement restoration projects, and document ungrazed “reference” areas in the monument so we can better understand the impacts that climate change and cattle grazing have on the landscape. If you are excited to work on science-informed land management, this is the job for you!

Position Description: Support the protection and restoration of springs and stream environments throughout Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by:

  • Participating in the inventory of springs across National Park Service, monument, and Forest Service lands in Utah with a newly developed rapid-assessment springs application. 
  • Helping us identify and assess ungrazed “reference sites” to support a watershed-wide network of such sites.
  • Contributing to a citizen-science water-quality monitoring effort in the Escalante River watershed.
  • Conducting background research to support the field projects.
  • Compiling photos, field data, scientific literature, and maps to create summary reports and advocacy materials.
  • Joining program staff for other research and restoration projects in the field.
  • Attending the Grand Canyon Trust staff and program meetings as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Passion for the natural world and for advocating on behalf of its diverse species.
  • Ability to respectfully interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Familiarity with the environmental impacts of cattle grazing.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and app-based technology.
  • Ability to navigate off-trail using a GPS.
  • Ability and experience driving on unimproved, rocky roads.
  • Background or strong interest in riparian ecology.
  • Background or strong interest in public lands management.
  • Good time-management and organizational skills, and ability to work independently.
  • Enthusiasm for the work and interest in developing research and ecological monitoring skills.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a range of field conditions, from the front country to remote wilderness, including in areas without cell service.

Compensation: $15 per hour, for a maximum of $7,200. The intern will also receive a $500 living stipend, a $250 transportation stipend, a $200 professional development stipend, and free attendance at the Uplift Climate Conference. This position is not benefits-eligible. 

Dates: This is a three-month internship, beginning on May 10, 2021 and ending on August 10, 2021 (start and end dates are potentially negotiable). The intern is expected to work an average of 40 hours per week for a total of 480 hours. Much of the work will be done in a remote, backcountry environment. 

How to Apply: Please send a résumé, a list of three references, and a statement of interest that conveys your passion and qualifications to Amber Benally at abenally@grandcanyontrust.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m., March 16, 2021. No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline: 5 p.m., March 16, 2021.