Weed Management Internship
Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District
POSITION PURPOSE: This position is a seasonal position under direct supervision of the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) District Technician and the Big Stone SWCD Board of Supervisors. The seasonal position is primarily responsible for implementing projects in regard to weed management in Big Stone County. This is a multi-pronged approach focused on our newest invasive weeds that will include: education, documentation, treatment, and re-seeding with local eco-type native seed sources. Education includes organizing workshops and tours. This position will monitor, treat, and document the locations of invasive species infestations with a GPS, using Arc Pad. Weed identification field guides, herbicide, spraying equipment, and local-ecotype seed will be purchased and distributed to landowners. Operation of machinery and farming background or experience preferred. The work hours are 8:00 to 4:30 Monday through Friday. The hours may vary also based on what work is available to be completed. This position may also seed some native grass seeding projects as well as other duties as assigned. This position is funded through a grant and has the possibility of being available for more than one season. The position will also include time under the direction of the Big Stone SWCD as field work requires.
Strong interpersonal, written and public speaking communication skills and capacity to work with a wide variety of people.
Must be physically able and willing to work in varied terrain and weather conditions, capable of lifting 70 lbs.
Must have a valid drivers license.
Be able to pass the MN Certified Pesticide Applicator Test within 3 weeks of hiring.
Must be willing to organize workshops and tours, give presentations, prepare annual reports, and develop educational materials and brochures.
Farm, rural, agribusiness background preferred. Experience with machinery helpful.
Ability to calculate proper herbicide application rates, operate computers and GIS, Arc Pad or GPS devices, comprehend maps and general rules and information.
Self motivated, able to work with a minimum of supervision.
Agronomy, Agricultural Business, Natural Resources, Biology or related background or education or training helpful.
Completed one semesters of plant identification or similar education/training preferred.
Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in representing Big Stone SWCD at public events and in the field with private landowners and general public.
Willing to work long days in the outdoors, if conditions are good.
Other duties as assigned.
$10.00 per hour
Hours Per Week:
8am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday
- Arrangement of Hours: seasonal May through August 2012
- Preferred Application Procedure(s): Fax, mail, or e-mail cover letter and resume to Ta
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