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Deadline: November 22, 2013

Salary Level: $12.00 per hour

Desired Start Date: January 6, 2014

Approximate Hours Per Week: 20

Applications Accepted Until: November 22, 2013


General Summary

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is hiring one limited-duration, at will, non-exempt, part-time Field Intern for the winter 2014 (approximately January -April). This internship is designed to provide experience in the areas of mapping, GIS, water quality, invasive species, habitat restoration, forestry and agricultural land uses.


Work will primarily be in the office however there will be times when this person will be asked to assist staff in an outdoor setting. Office work will involve mapping with ArcGIS, technical writing, database management, project management and office communication. Field work will include data collection, site inventories, and assisting with plant surveys. Candidates should have a strong knowledge understanding of GIS with the ability to create shapefiles, manipulate data and produce maps. The person filling the position should also possess knowledge/experience in the following areas:

– Report & article writing

– Project management

– Data entry and management

– And have the ability to use personal vehicle and clean driving record


Job Duration and Schedule

Most work weeks will be comprised of 2-3 full, 8-hour days which total 40 hours for a two week span (average of 20 hours per week). Some flexibility will be allowed for starting and ending dates to accommodate school schedules. Work schedule flexibility will be based on workloads and the needs of the intern.


Essential Functions of the Job

– Proficiency using GIS software.

– Use of Microsoft Word and Excel.

– Understands, interprets, and uses various maps, aerial photography and soils information.

– Assists with surveying projects and field inventories.

– Maintains positive, cooperative relationships with co-workers and conducts work responsibilities in a professional manner.


Desirable Additional Skills and Abilities

– Proficiency using MS Access.

–  Project management experience

–  Knowledge of local native and invasive plant species.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

– Meets regularly with Internship Program Supervisor and District Manager.

– Participates in office meetings with District board members, District employees, and other agency employees to coordinate and prioritize work.

– Assists with educational activities to inform public on natural resource issues, water quality, and conservation. This may include workshops, seminars, fairs, shows and conventions.

– Assists with landowner outreach and “recruitment”.

– Communicates and works directly with property owners and operators through face-to-face contact; telephone, written, or email correspondence.



– A student working toward a Bachelor’s degree or greater. Major course work in natural sciences, natural resource management, soils, water quality, agriculture sciences, or a related natural sciences discipline is preferred.

– Strong, working understanding of GIS software, specifically ArcGIS 10+, is required.

– Experience in collecting field data and maintaining field notes.

– Good oral and written communication skills are required.

– Must be proficient with Microsoft Suite.


Job Conditions

– This position works both in the field and in the office.

– The fieldwork will include working in and around such locations as farms and ranches; rivers, streams, and ponds; properties with dense, thorny vegetation; and other areas with steep, slippery, muddy, rocky, or other hazardous terrain.

– The office work may include working at a desk; using a computer; or working or standing at a table.

– This position requires travel to field sites, workshops, training sessions, plus daytime and evening meetings outside the office. In order to carry out these assigned duties, a valid Oregon driver’s license is required.

– Some physical exertion may be required during field work such as walking and using or carrying technical or power equipment and hand tools.


To Apply

Send a ONE page cover letter and a resume no longer than TWO pages to or to West Multnomah SWCD

Attn: Scott Gall

2701 NW Vaughn Street, Suite 450

Portland, OR 97210