Interns


Intern for a few weeks or the entire season

The Spear O Mountain Campus and Beaver Lakes Field Station provide unique opportunities for volunteers and interns to combine part-time work alongside staff members with volunteers having personal time for the mountains and interns to have access and time to pursue personal research.  Volunteers and Interns are expected to volunteer 24 hours of labor in exchange for board and room on-site.  Specific work times are scheduled for volunteers each week.  Although work takes first priority, every effort is made to adjust the schedule to ensure that volunteers and interns have time off when they need to address their personal needs, interests or research.   Please complete the following form and submit it to tmunsick@sheridan.edu.

Intern Application

Current Intern Opportunities

Avian Species of Greatest Conservation Need Project

Game and Fish LogoThe Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for volunteers to collect baseline information for avian species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) within the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.  Data will be collected on SGCN through the use of area searches. Area searches incorporate a series of three 20-minute point counts during which the surveyor can move around in a somewhat restricted area. This limited mobility enables surveyors to track down unfamiliar birds and increases the likelihood of detecting quiet species. Inexperienced personnel can walk plots with other knowledgeable surveyors prior to the survey to improve their efficiency. Personnel who conduct area searches must possess good identification skills, including knowledge of the songs and calls of birds. The Department’s Nongame Bird Biologist can provide recordings of bird songs and calls.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact:

  • Zack Walker
  • Nongame Bird and Mammal Supervisor
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • 307-332-2688

 

Water Vole Project

Game and Fish LogoThe Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for volunteers to help with their efforts to survey for and locate water voles (Microtus richardsoni) on the Bighorn National Forest. The areas of interest include:  Dome Lake and the surrounding tributaries; East Fork South Tongue River between USFS Road 226 and USFS Trail 418; Mohawk Creek north of and parallel to the previously mentioned stretch of the East Fork South Tongue River; and Copper Creek at the intersection of USFS Road 26. Volunteers are needed to help live-trap small mammals for multiple days at a time, identify species, record measurements, and perform data entry.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact:

  • Zack Walker
  • Nongame Bird and Mammal Supervisor
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • 307-332-2688

Beaver Dam and Lodge Project

Game and Fish LogoThe Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for volunteers to help with their efforts to survey for and record locations of beaver dams, lodges, and food caches on the Bighorn National Forest.  This project involves hiking along streams to find beaver activity, recording data and GPS locations, taking photos, and compiling a report.  Due to rough terrain and remote areas the volunteers will need to work as a team for safety reasons.  Overnight camping will likely be needed to survey some streams.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact:

  • Lynn Jahnke
  • Sheridan Region Wildlife Management Coordinator
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • 307-672-7418

Amphibian Monitoring and Disease Surveillance Project

Game and Fish LogoThe Wyoming Game and Fish Department is looking for volunteers to help with amphibian surveys and sampling for amphibian chytrid fungus in the Bighorn National Forest. Amphibian chytrid fungus is responsible for the decline and/or extinction of amphibian species world-wide.  Although common in other parts of Wyoming, chytrid was first detected in the Bighorn Mountains in 2010. Information is needed to assess potential impacts of the disease to Bighorn Mountain amphibians. Amphibian surveys consist of visual encounter and dipnet surveys to detect larval, juvenile, and adult amphibians.  A subset of amphibians will be caught and temporarily handled so that the skin can be swabbed and sampled for chytrid fungus.

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact:

  • Wendy Estes-Zumpf
  • Herpetological Coordinator
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department
  • 307-745-5180 ext. 237

Trail Use Study

Forest Service EmblemThe Forest Service is looking for individuals to help with their efforts to collect use data on all of the Bighorn National Forest’s 182 standard terra trails.  Currently, the focus is on three trails in the Red Grade area; trail 019 Teepee trail; 238 Lower Rapid; and trail 020 Bear Gulch. Game cameras have been installed and set to take a photo every 10 seconds during daylight hours.  Volunteers are needed to help retrieve data from the cameras; download and manage images; and count and classify type of activity (motorized vs. non-motorized).

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have questions, please contact:

Sara Evans Kirol
307-674-2692
sevanskirol@fs.fed.us

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