Two positions available: 1) Field Conservation Intern, and 2) GIS & Field Conservation Intern
Location: 2701 NW Vaughn Street, STE 450, Portland, OR 97210
Period of Employment: Approximately 6 months: April 1st - October 2nd, 2020 (dates somewhat flexible)
Pay: $16.50 / hour
Work hours: Average of 20 hours per week, two to three 8-hour days per week, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (times somewhat flexible), M-F, with occasional optional evening and weekend hours.
Application deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by 5:00 pm
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District ("District") is hiring two adult (18+ years old) temporary, part-time Conservation Interns for spring through fall of 2020. Conservation Interns will receive mentorship, gain experience, and have opportunities to learn more about the field of natural resource conservation and land stewardship as practiced on private land. We are looking for people with a passion to help make our ecosystems, water, and soil healthier for people, wildlife, and the environment. The District is committed to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization; therefore, interns will be provided with equity training, are expected to help co-create an inclusive work environment with fellow staff, and are invited to participate more deeply through the District's diversity, equity, and inclusion committee.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Minimum Qualifications for BOTH positions (Required to be eligible for either Intern position)
Desired Experience, Abilities, and Attributes
Both positions will work in the field approximately 60% of the time, and in the office 40% of the time.
The fieldwork includes working in and around such locations as urban areas, farms, and working forests; streams and ponds; properties with dense, thorny vegetation; steep slopes, and other hazardous terrain, and applying herbicides. Herbicide application will include training and supervision by staff who will be working alongside the intern. Occasional interactions with farm animals and pets may occur while in the field.
Physical exertion is required, such as walking and carrying equipment and tools weighing up to 17 pounds.
The office and outreach work includes working at a desk, using a computer, and working or standing at a table.
Travel in a District vehicle is required to field sites, workshops, meetings and training sessions. Although not required, applicants who hold a valid driver's license may be asked to drive a District or personal vehicle.
Base pay is $16.50 per hour. Positions are at-will and non-exempt. The District will pay for any required training and licenses. Use of a personal vehicle or a personal phone is not required or expected, but if such use occurs, certain expenses are eligible for reimbursement. TriMet reimbursement is available for public transit commuters and bike parking is available for cyclists.
How to Apply
Interested applicants may apply for one or both positions. Past interns are not eligible for re-hire for this internship. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline, 5:00 pm, January 15, 2020.
Fill out a brief eligibility checklist through our online form: https://wmswcd.org/2020-internships-application/
You will then be prompted through the online form to upload a cover letter (maximum length of ONE page) and resume (maximum length of TWO pages). In your cover letter and resume, speak to how your personal and/or professional experience meet the Minimum Qualifications and Desired Experience, Abilities, and Attributes for optimal consideration for an interview.
Applicants are eligible for Veterans' Preference when applying with West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information on required materials to submit, please see our Veterans' Preference Policy.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The District does not discriminate based on any class or identity including age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The District is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. The District makes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and special needs so as to provide access to district events, materials and services.
West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to racial diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization: in those we serve, in our workforce composition, through the contractors we hire, and in those that benefit from our work. We welcome and encourage applications from indigenous people and people of color.
To better meet our equity goals and eliminate unconscious bias in the hiring process, the District has elected to redact some personal information from submitted materials that will be reviewed by the selection team including name, address and links to social media accounts.
For complaints about discrimination, harassment, unequitable treatment and access to district events, materials and services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 238-4775.
Questions: For questions about the application process, or to request an accommodation to access and participate in this recruitment, contact Office Manager Randi Razalenti at email@example.com or call (503) 238-4775, ext. 100.
For questions about the internship positions, contact the Internship Supervisor Laura Taylor at internship@
wmswcd.org or call (503) 238-4775, ext. 112.