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Undergraduate Internships at Minnesota Sea Grant

Minnesota Sea Grant has invasive species internship openings for the summer. Please visit seagrant.umn.edu/projects/internships to learn more and to apply. Here is a little information about each position.

Please direct questions to Marte Kitson at mkitson@d.umn.edu.

Sea Grant Invasive Species Intern - St. Louis County (2 positions)

Job ID: 328276

Invasive species undergraduate interns will assist Minnesota Sea Grant and partner organizations with community outreach and managing and preventing the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species (AIS and TIS) within northeastern Minnesota.

Job description: Invasive species undergraduate interns will assist Minnesota Sea Grant and partner organizations with community outreach and managing and preventing the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species (AIS and TIS) within northeastern Minnesota. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: daily interaction with the general public requiring effective communication and public relations skills; staff booths at community outreach and youth education events related to invasive species education; staff a watercraft inspection station which includes inspecting boats for AIS (e.g. zebra mussels, Eurasian water milfoil, etc.), conduct boater interviews, and decontaminate boats when necessary; use boats/canoes to perform surveillance and monitoring activities for AIS; use spray herbicide to control invasive plants; cleaning and maintenance of equipment. Interns may also arrange for academic credit if they choose and will be allowed time to develop a credit-worthy project.

The work schedule varies, depending on school schedule and organizational needs. Interns can plan to work an average of 5 hours per week during spring semester and 30-40 hours per week in the summer. July and August are the busiest months. Weekend and evening work is sometimes required. Days may be up to twelve hours long, and may exceed 40 hours per week. In the event of exceeding 40 hours per week, compensation time will be offered. Possibility of part time-work after classes resume, contingent on agency needs and funding.

 

Sea Grant Invasive Species Intern - Grand Portage, Minnesota (2 positions)

Job ID: 328706

Invasive species undergraduate interns will live at Grand Portage National Monument in LEED platinum rated dormitory-style quarters. They will assist Minnesota Sea Grant and the National Park Service with community outreach and managing and preventing the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species (AIS and TIS) primarily within northeastern Minnesota and Isle Royale, Michigan.

Job description: Live and work at Grand Portage National Monument in Grand Portage, Minnesota.  Invasive species undergraduate interns will live at Grand Portage National Monument in LEED platinum rated dormitory-style quarters. They will assist Minnesota Sea Grant and the National Park Service with community outreach and managing and preventing the spread of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species (AIS and TIS) primarily within northeastern Minnesota and Isle Royale, Michigan. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to: daily interaction with the general public requiring effective communication and public relations skills; staff booths at community outreach and youth education events related to invasive species education; use chainsaws and spray herbicide to control invasive plants; cleaning and maintenance of equipment.  Interns will gain important mentorship in the field and acquire knowledge of job opportunities in natural resource management. Interns may also arrange for academic credit if they choose and will be allowed time to develop a credit-worthy project.

Routine weekly schedule is M-F 8 to 4:30 (40 hours/week). However, schedule may vary due to outreach and field work needs. Weekend work is sometimes required.  Shifts may be up to twelve hours long, but will not exceed 40 hours per week. Extensive travel in provided vehicles over the course of the summer season will be required.  Work in Grand Portage will begin the week of June 3 or June 10 and will end the week of August 19, 2019. After returning to school, students may work part time until September 30 to complete final reporting requirements.

Posted 
February, 2019