Paid Internships: Science Support for Conservation and Resource Management Programs (due ASAP)

Type of Opportunity:
Location: Variable (Travel Required)
Deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2020

For the past six years, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment has supported cooperative agreements with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation to provide scientific and technical support for natural resource management programs. The current agreement focuses on the development of case studies, synthesis documents, and other science support for the Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox (CCAST), an online library of case studies (see: CCAST site).  The case studies are summary reports of on-the-ground resource management and conservation projects throughout North America, including monitoring and adaptive management efforts, collaborative conservation initiatives, and resource assessment projects.  The case analyses emphasize lessons learned to increase sharing and communication among resource managers and the scientific community. 

We will be recruiting up to eight part-time undergraduate or graduate student interns (10 hours/week) to work on this project.  The work involves interacting with a team of senior scientists and resource managers to develop the case studies, including drafting and editing for publication on the CCAST website.  Current focal areas for CCAST include drought adaptation, non-native aquatic species, grassland restoration, and pollinator conservation. 

Given ongoing coronavirus concerns, students would work remotely, with weekly virtual meetings and individual mentoring opportunities with CCAST team leaders.   

This is an exciting opportunity to gain more experience with natural resource management programs, work closely with senior scientists and managers, and produce publications of value to the conservation community!  

Duties: Assist the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation and other partners in the development of CCAST Case Studies: 

    • Gather and synthesize information about on-the-ground natural resource management programs 
    • Use the information to develop at least five Case Studies to be shared on the Collaborative Conservation and Adaptation Strategy Toolbox web site; and  
    • Assist in the development of other science communication products   

Minimum qualifications: These positions will be filled by registered University of Arizona undergraduate or graduate students in natural resources, conservation biology, biology, ecology, hydrology, climate science, environmental sciences/policy, social sciences/human dimensions of conservation, or related fields. The ideal candidates are self-motivated team players with excellent analytical and writing skills. The internships will involve regular interaction with scientists and managers across federal and state government agencies, NGOs, and research institutions. 
Preferred qualifications: The ideal candidates are highly motivated to learn about natural resource management challenges and opportunities, while gaining experience in science communication with the support of experienced mentors. 

Start and end date: September 2020 – May 2021 (with the option to extend through August 2021) 

For further information about the positions, or to submit an application (cover letter and CV), please contact Dr. Larry Fisher at the email below!