JRBP 'O'O Stewardship Internship
Apply to be Stewardship Interns at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve 'Ootchamin 'Ooyakma!
DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 23, 2024 - 5PM
The Stewardship Intern Program is an opportunity for Stanford University undergraduate (and co-term) students to work at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve 'Ootchamin 'Ooyakma (JR'O'O) to further develop existing skills in ecology, natural history and field work, while learning about stewardship and research under the mentorship of a diverse team of scientists.
The two interns will join the team and work with Jasper Ridge staff, faculty and docents to support expanding stewardship efforts at JR'O'O for land management, protecting biodiversity, and developing resiliency for climate change. The role will include a mix of field and office work. Field work responsibilities will include working outdoors in a team to collect data related to wildfire resiliency and watershed restoration. Data measurements to be collected: diversity and abundance of vegetation in multiple native ecosystems (oak woodland, chaparral, and grasslands), characterizing vegetative fuels, soil and vegetation moisture, camera traps, and animal burrows. Office responsibilities will include mentor- guided literature review and synthesis, data entry, mapping, brief presentations, and organization of field equipment.
The ideal candidates will have experience staying organized and be comfortable doing a mix of field and office work (sometimes under hot summer conditions or starting early to avoid extreme heat). Outcomes of this internship will directly support land management and stewardship efforts for JR'O'O, and interns may have the opportunity to continue involvement in long-term research. The successful interns will learn to work with increased independence through the summer and will complete the internship with experience working at a biological preserve, and gain an understanding of how research, education and stewardship are linked together. Interns will be encouraged to complete and present an independent project related to research, education, or stewardship, which they will develop under mentorship of Jasper Ridge staff, faculty, and docents. Overall, interns will be involved in climate change projects and gain an up-to-date working knowledge of regional stewardship issues.
The internships program term is from Monday, June 24 to Thursday, August 29, 2024. Interns are expected to report to Jasper Ridge Monday-Thursday (Fridays off) for 8-hour days. Hours may vary to reduce field work in extreme heat, but will not extend beyond 7am to 5pm (exact schedule will be discussed with selected interns).
Physical requirements and working conditions include:
Stipends are awarded at $7500 for a full summer commitment, paid the first week of the summer.
Application process and Deadlines
The application materials will be accepted until Friday, February 23, 5pm. Top candidates will be invited for a 45 min zoom interview February 28, 29, or March 1. Final candidates will be informed of selection by Friday, March 8. Please save the two documents as a single PDF before sending
Application materials must include the two completed sections below 1) Personal Information and 2) Short essay and saved as a single PDF.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve 'Ootchamin 'Ooyakma (JR'O'O) 2023 interns Mary and Kiara helping design a DRAGNet study and exploring insects at Jasper Ridge.