Intern, Prairie Dog Conflict Resolution
$17.50 per hour, working 16-20 hours a week
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s most effective animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Prairie Dog Conflict Resolution Intern for its Wildlife Protection department. As an intern you will learn hands-on techniques and skills needed to successfully run and maintain an active and collaborative prairie dog translocation. Additionally, this internship includes assistance with outreach, development and implementation of Coexistence Clinics: Strategies to Reduce Conflict with the Prairie Dog Ecosystem and the examination and application of 1-2 social factors interfering with non-lethal prairie dog management. This internship is a critical component of the Prairie Dog Conflict Resolution Team’s work sharing and protecting the prairie ecosystem within our community.
The internship will start on 8/1/2022 and end 5/31/2023
You will be responsible for:
- Participating and learning about, the day-to-day process-start to finish-of wild to wild prairie dog translocation trapping and releasing a colony of imperiled prairie dogs to a protected colony during a 3-5 month field season. Strategies implemented include: Learn the techniques and processes for: behavior observations, active trapping trap setting, monitoring, small mammal handling, data collection, release site preparation, artificial burrow installation (as needed), dye-marking, and placement at release site (note that passive relocation may be used in place of or in addition to active relocation);
- Collaborating and networking with government and non-government agencies and organizations employing wildlife coexistence and landscape planning for the prairie dog ecosystem;
- Studying, designing, and developing Coexistence Clinics for prairie dogs, led by our organization and offered to local, state and federal wildlife managers throughout the state;
- Discovering, research, experience and implement coexistence strategies and habitat maintenance for the prairie dog ecosystem;
- Learning about basic prairie dog policy and protections, and operating dynamics for wildlife protection programs in the West;
- Learning and sharing how conservation social science applies to wildlife conservation;
- Assessing and sharing support for and research related to prairie dog management, coexistence and non-lethal wildlife management;
- Assisting with non-lethal trainings for individuals & agencies and associated outreach;
- Gaining knowledge about non-profit management and gain experience in key management areas such as administration, team-building, event planning, outreach, and advocacy;
- Assisting in on-going administration related to the program;
- Completing an internal course designed to introduce the organization and our work;
- Using own method of transportation to attend local outreach presentations and to join in-person meeting and field activities.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Must be enrolled in a graduate school of social work, social science related to animal welfare or the environment, conservation communication or have related experience or education;
- Able to meet the requirements specified in the Essential Capabilities document with or without reasonable accommodation;
- Must have a driver’s license and an excellent driving record;
- Able to cope in emotionally-charged environments and work with animals who may be dead, injured, abused, and/or highly stressed;
- Able to remain calm and quiet under stressful conditions;
- Able to tolerate and work with a variable and changing schedule based on unpredictable weather and wildlife behavior;
- Critical thinking and strong communication skills;
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word;
- Able to work outside in the heat and walk long distances over uneven terrain;
- Not fearful of handling wildlife;
- An interest in wildlife field work, or some basic education on wildlife;
- Must have access to a phone and computer with Microsoft Office and access to the Internet;
- Tetanus and rabies immunizations recommended;
- Must be a good team player, can work independently, and use good judgement.
This internship is in the Boulder/Denver Metro Area, Colorado
When filling out the application please use the additional document section to submit your cover letter, resume, completed Essential Capabilities, and three references.
**The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and the communities in which we work is our top priority. The Humane Society of the United States has implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all U.S. employees, including new hires. We make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs. All U.S. new hires will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their first day of employment.
- Boulder, CO, USA