Thursday, May 12, 2016

Internship Opportunity: California Conservation Course Field Logistics Intern

The following internship opportunity information was submitted to the Sustainability Office: 

Senior or Upper-Division Internship Opportunity (5-10 units): 
California Conservation Course Field Logistics Intern 
Dates: June 16 – August 14, 2016

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program ( at the University of California Santa Cruz is a newly founded, two-year conservation mentorship program serving undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and from throughout the U.S. and its territories. This summer, 20 Scholars in the program will participate in an intensive summer course with a 5-week travel component to reserves throughout the state.

We seek an undergraduate intern to work with our field logistics coordinator during the summer portion of our field course. This is an excellent opportunity to work with the Program and to hone skills in the deployment of field-based courses, programs, and experiential education opportunities. The position is unpaid, but all travel, meal and accommodation expenses will be covered for the intern during the 4-5 weeks at reserves in Big Sur, the northern Sierras, Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

The field logistics intern will be responsible for working with the senior field logistics coordinator to manage research and field equipment, transportation, and meals during the field portion of the course (June 25 – August 2, 2016) and in the days immediately before and after. The possibility also exists to work with the senior logistics coordinator on a field handbook project. Our expectation is that we will invite back the successful intern from this year to take on the role of Field Logistics Coordinator should the current senior coordinator decline to return.

The intern will have the opportunity to participate in all professional development workshops that will be offered during the course and gain experiencing mentoring students. A modest stipend is also available, or can be applied to underwriting the cost of having the intern remain with the group during the week they are at the White Mountains at Crooked Creek Research Station. In addition, the intern will have the option to apply for internship credit during the following fall semester and have the internship fulfill their senior exit requirement.

Interested students should email an application packet consisting of a resume, unofficial transcripts, three references, and a cover letter stating their interest in the program to Director Dr. Justin A. Cummings (jacummin[at]ucsc[dot]edu) and Program Founder Dr. Erika Zavaleta (zavaleta[at]ucsc[dot]edu) with the subject line UCSC Doris Duke Logistics Intern. We will be considering applications as they come in and encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Required Qualifications: 

  • At least a junior, in good standing with the University
  • A general interest in environmental conservation
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • A desire to work and live closely with a team of peers
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail 
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience living, traveling, or working in remote field settings that include camping
  • Experience in catering, food service or cooking
  • Experience with safety, first-aid and/or emergency protocols
  • Experience/ knowledge of basic vehicle maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Strong record-keeping skills and/or experience budgeting

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