Internship– Invasive Species Intern (Paid), Clark Public Utilities (Vancouver, WA)

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he watershed enhancement program at Clark Public Utilities began in 1992 and has grown to become a regionally recognized environmental restoration effort. Since the program’s inception, volunteers from a variety of backgrounds have planted over 740,000 native trees to bring salmon back to Salmon Creek. Unfortunately a variety of non-native invasive plant species threaten these important riparian ecosystems.

Visit www.streamteam.net (click on Eradication Nation) for more information about the program.

Invasive Species Internship

Start date: Position available starting in June. Full-time start date flexible.

The Invasive Species Intern will support the Utilities’ Eradication Nation program. This program is focused on controlling invasive Japanese knotweed and other invasive plant species in the Salmon Creek watershed. This internship will provide the opportunity to develop a number of natural resource management skills that focus on invasive species control. To be eligible for the internship, applicants must be enrolled in college classes during the school year. Individuals who have just graduated will also be considered.

Invasive Species Outreach and Education Internship

Start date: Position available starting in late May. Full-time start date flexible.

The Outreach Intern will support the Utilities’ Eradication Nation program, which is focused on removing non-native invasive plants from riparian areas in the Salmon Creek Watershed. This program promotes stewardship by engaging community members to play a part in the invasive species control process through coordinated outreach and organized volunteer events. The Outreach Intern will assist with field activities such as knotweed surveys and control, but will primarily focus on conducting outreach to the community. Applicants must be enrolled in college classes and individuals who have just graduated will also be considered.

Work hours / internship duration:
Interns are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week during the summer. Flex time will be given for weeks where interns are expected to work on Saturdays. Internship duration is from late May to early October, approximately 500 hours.

Compensation:
Applicants must be enrolled in college classes and individuals who have just graduated will also be considered. School attendance is not required during the summer break. $9.50 per hour to start; $10.50 after 520 hours. This is a non-benefited position.

Submit cover letter, resume and references by April 15, 2014 to:
Bethany Lund, Invasive Species Program Coordinator, blund@clarkpud.com, 360 992 8787