Invasive Species Rangeland Internship, Wyoming Stock Growers Association

Wyoming

Job Title: Invasive Species Rangeland Internship

Organization: Wyoming Stock Growers Association

Position Overview: The Wyoming Stock Growers Association is now accepting applications for the Invasive Species Rangeland Internship Program for the summer of 2022. This internship is designed to offer beginning agriculturalists and range specialists real-world and hands-on experience implementing the educational tools already gained from their college experience. Management or related resource management fields hands-on experience and opportunities to network with land stewards, managers, government agencies and the private sector.

This program will give students a unique experience working on ranching operations to experience implementing the materials they have learned while in school. During this program, interns will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the operation’s owner or manager though the learning experience managing invasive species on the operation. Free housing, monthly stipend, outdoor activities, networking opportunities and the prospect to obtain up to 3 hours of college credit for this internship is available. Students are responsible for working with their college or university to obtain all college credit hours.

Program Goals: The internship program seeks to bring an on-the-ground focus to actions that halt the expansion of invasive plant species and recover native rangeland habitats. The program will accomplish this in three ways: 1) Identify and provide additional workforce to landowners who have demonstrated a commitment to control and eradication of invasive species; 2) Provide practical experience in addressing invasive species issues to college students engaged in rangeland management disciplines; 3) Publicize these efforts in a manner that motivates other landowners to commit to invasive species eradication.

The selected interns will be required to engage in daily ranch work with a focus on those activities that impact the management of the vegetative resource including invasive species. These activities may include direct control actions on invasives and the management of livestock under systems that foster strengthening native vegetation while discouraging the spread of invasives.

The mentor ranchers will be required to commit to a protocol that includes engaging the interns in both the physical activities and the decision making that relates to managing a healthy rangeland and eradicating or controlling the spread of invasives.

The interns will be required to submit weekly reports to WSGA outlining their learning experiences, in particular those related to invasive species management. These reports will be posted on the WSGA’s blog and social media pages. Interns will also be required to attend the WSGA Environmental Stewardship Tour and to participate in any additional activities related to invasives management that may occur during the term of the internship.

Application Deadline: March 31

How to Apply: To download the Rangeland Internship Application and read additional information on the program please click here.

Please send all applications to: Wyoming Stock Growers Assn. Attn: Rangeland Internship Program, P.O. Box 206, Cheyenne, WY 82003 or by email to info@wysga.org. Please contact the Wyoming Stock Growers Association office with any additional questions regarding the program info@wysga.org or call 307-638-3942.