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Natural Resources Intern - Wiyot Tribe - Loleta

Position Title:   Natural Resources Intern

Supervisor:  Natural Resources Director

Reports to:  Natural Resources Technician

Location:  Table Bluff Reservation (TBR) Natural Resources Department 


FT or PT, temporary; $15.00 per hour.  The Natural Resources Wiyot Youth Intern has preference toward Wiyot youth (age 15-21) and registered citizens and works on a variety of projects in support of the Wiyot Tribe’s Natural Resources Department (WNRD), requiring willingness to learn and perform technical, scientific, educational, and labor related activities under the direction of WNRD staff.  The position will receive training in scientific data collection and management, calibration and care of scientific equipment, generation of resource management plans, grants management, environmental education, and general office duties, and will be expected to gradually assume independent completion of these tasks. The position will also assist the WNRD in a variety of duties as assigned including habitat restoration, fisheries surveys, collecting geospatial data, inputting scientific data, and much more. WNRD projects include wildlife, fisheries, botany, habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, environmental education, botanical surveys, solid waste management and waste reduction, renewable energy and efficiency, and non-point source pollution prevention. Occasional travel for trainings may be required and periodic field work in remote areas is expected.


Major Duties

  • Habitat restoration on the Tribe’s landholdings including hand and mechanical treatment of invasive species, native plant installation, site maintenance, and work in the TBR garden
  • Collecting geospatial data for analysis and land acquisition prioritization,
  • Water quality and biological monitoring program at TBR, Humboldt Bay, and Eel River estuary,
  • Fisheries projects including snorkel surveys and removal of invasive species,
  • Departmental equipment and vehicle maintenance,
  • Attend trainings, seminars, and meetings as assigned,
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements

Strong desire to learn Natural Resources Sciences, Tribal Land Management, and Environmental Sciences; Basic math and written communication skills; Proven ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with TBR residents, Tribal members, staff, and outside agency personnel; Punctual and reliable; Willingness to attend trainings (e.g., Swiftwater & First Aid/CPR training) and travel for field work as needed; Ability to interact with youth and children and present environmental education material as needed; Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and basic computer operation; Professional appearance and demeanor; Must be able to complete a background check and DOJ fingerprinting before beginning work.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to walk, stand, and perform various aspects of this job while lifting or carrying up to 25 to 50 pounds of field equipment. Stamina and sufficient physical ability to accomplish fieldwork that includes strenuous exertion in inclement weather may be required.

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