Natural Resource Intern – Spring and Summer Denver, Colorado

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Natural Resource Intern

Do you have a passion for Biology? Being active and outdoors in beautiful Colorado?  How about learning and conducting scientific assessments?  If combining these to work as a member of a professional team and gain technical expertise sound good, then an internship with ERO Resources Corporation (ERO) is for you.  ERO is an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and we are seeking a Natural Resource Intern for spring/summer 2024.  

At ERO, we are a team of natural and cultural resource consultants with offices in Denver, Durango, and Hotchkiss, Colorado.  Our expertise in science and planning provides an approach to the environment that balances development with natural resource and environmental protection. Did we mention ERO is a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE), and Small Business Enterprise (SBE)?

We are seeking a Natural Resource Intern for spring/summer 2024, in our Denver, Colorado Office. 

Pays $17.50-$22.00/hour dependent on experience/education.

Position Overview

As an Intern, you will learn to apply technical skills in ecology and wildlife biology and to complete tasks safely and efficiently.  Interns will gain experience in the environmental consulting industry and exposure to environmental regulations, permit applications, and document preparation.  

Under the immediate supervision of the project manager or senior staff, Interns will work in the natural resources department on tasks related to fieldwork and reporting.  Interns will assist in the data collection, analysis, and interpretation of scientific information for wetland delineations, natural resource assessments, and other natural resource-related fieldwork.  Additional duties include assisting with literature research, organization, and database entry.  Depending on experience, Interns may also prepare sections of draft reports and write social media posts.  

Interns must be able to work variable hours, long days, early mornings, holidays, and weekends as the workload dictates.  Overtime is likely during periods of extensive fieldwork.  Interns must have reliable transportation for travel to and from project sites, with project-related mileage reimbursed at IRS mileage rates.  The number of hours per week will vary from 24 to 40+. A hybrid work schedule may be available based on fieldwork and business needs.

Professionalism, integrity, and comfort working with people are of the utmost importance as this position requires regular contact with team members in the field, office, and virtually, as needed.  Applicants for this position are expected to be capable of performing tasks described below. 

Expected Pre-Field Duties (approximately 10% of time)
  • Assist in equipment organization, loading equipment and preparation for fieldwork as requested.
  • Review scope of services with Project Manager so duties are clearly understood.
Expected Field Duties (approximately 75% of time)

Interns will assist with all tasks during in-field site documentation, as directed, including but not limited to:

  • Collect digital and spatial data with phones, tablets, digital cameras, and GPS.
  • Complete field forms: wetland delineation, raptor survey, or other forms as needed.
  • Dig soil pits up to two feet deep using a shovel. 
  • Hike and survey with a backpack over rough terrain, and work in adverse weather conditions.
  • Use binoculars to survey for songbirds or raptors and document their activity.
  • Collect and identify vegetation and mark aerial photographs with vegetation community boundaries, noxious weeds, wildlife, or other sensitive natural resources.
  • Follow Safety Plan and Guidelines.
Expected Post-Field Duties (approximately 15% of time)
  • Unload and properly maintain field equipment.
  • Upload/scan all field data into the appropriate server files daily.
  • Assist with completion of resource documentation on appropriate forms and maps. 
  • Assist with reports as requested.  This may include writing natural resource assessments, wetland delineations, or pre-construction notifications.
  • Work with GIS staff to modify and create figures for reports.
Physical Requirements

Project areas may be located at high elevations in rugged terrain but are mainly in the Denver Front Range.  Applicants must be physically capable and possess the skills necessary to perform all aspects of fieldwork including strenuous hiking with a heavy backpack in rugged terrain up to 10 miles a day.  Must be able to lift 30-50 pounds.  Work may also include periods of sedentary work including sitting/standing and use of a computer.

Minimum qualifications: 
  • Pursuing or received a bachelor’s degree in biology, botany, environmental science, ecological restoration, range science, natural resource planning, or similar discipline.
  • Completed Junior level course work towards a degree in the desired discipline that includes plant and wildlife identification or coursework, is preferable.
  • Familiarity with tablets, digital data entry, Microsoft Office Suite products and Adobe Acrobat.
  • General basic knowledge of botany, wildlife, and wetland delineations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required for remote fieldwork.
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions
Expectations

The internship will run April 2024 to the end of September 2024; however, employment may be extended beyond the field season if mutually agreeable.  

Salary range is $17.50-$22.00/hour dependent on experience/education.  This is a non-exempt position overtime will be compensated accordingly. 

Qualified applicants should send an email with a PDF cover letter, resume, and writing sample to opportunities@eroresources.com with NR Intern – Denver in the subject line. Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

ERO participates in e-verify and pre-employment background screening services.

It is the continuous practice of ERO Resources to encourage inclusion and provide equal opportunities in employment to all employees and applicants. No person shall be discriminated against in any condition of employment because of age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.

For more information about ERO, visit our website at www.eroresources.com.