Term needed: Summer 2018
Faculty mentor names(s): Dr. Lesley Morris
BES Facility: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union Station
Location: Union/La Grande
Hourly Salary: $12/hour Expected hours/week: 40 hours/week
Student may be asked to work 40 hours as 4-ten hour days in some weeks.
Are housing benefits included in addition to hourly salary? No, but we can assist in finding housing if needed.
Student will be operating vehicles or farm equipment/machinery. Student will need to submit a driving background: YES
The Zumwalt Prairie Preserve (ZPP) is a large (13,300 ha) remnant of the Pacific Northwest Bunchgrass (PNB), a grassland system that once stretched across eight million hectares of the Pacific Northwest states in the United States and into British Columbia region of Canada. Since an estimated 90% of the PNB has been converted to agriculture, very little is known about fire on this prairie type. What is known is that the ZPP hosts over 100 different species of bees. Their habitat conservation is important not only for the diversity of the ZPP, but also for the sustainability of surrounding agriculture and crop production.
This internship will be centered on assisting in data collection on the ZPP for research that examines how prescribed fires have changed the floral resources that are important for pollinators in this grassland. Information regarding these questions is important to a large number of stakeholder groups including management agencies, livestock producers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
The intern for this project will participate in fieldwork data collection, drying and weighing clipped vegetation, data entry and analysis, and presentation of a portion of the data collected for this study as the intern’s own project poster. The fieldwork will take place primarily on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in northeastern Oregon. This fieldwork includes monitoring the vegetation two years after a prescribed burn. The student will gain experience in botany, field collection of plant community monitoring data collection, database management, experimental design, laboratory methods, data analysis, and how to interpret research data and apply it to management and presentation. The student will also participate with advisors in data analysis and will create a project poster. The work could potentially lead to co-authoring a paper if interested.
Students with an interest in range management, natural resources, botany, invasive plant species, or environmental studies are encouraged to apply. Some background in plant identification is preferred, but not required. The intern will receive the necessary training to complete field and project components of job. The work will require traveling, camping, lifting, standing and walking outdoors for extended times. The position does require a driver’s license. This internship is offered at $12 hour. Housing is not available at the station but we can assist in locating a housing.