Range Ecology Technician

Location: This position is based at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch (45 minutes south of Hebbronville, Texas); potentially working on all Foundation properties throughout South Texas.

Salary: Compensation is $11 per hour plus housing on the San Antonio Viejo or other ranches.

Start and End Date: The start and end dates are flexible and East Foundation will assist successful applicants in any way to receive university credit for appropriate term(s). (September 14-November 20)

Last Date to Apply: We continually accept applications.

Description: This position will focus on the collection of vegetation data on the East Foundation Ranches, mainly within an 18,000-acre experimental grazing study, during one of the two separate field seasons which are conducted in the summer and fall/winter. Data include: forage utilization, forage standing ­crop, and vegetation structure, cover, and composition. We use grazing exclosures, double sampling, and transects with quadrats to collect data. Technicians will also be responsible for entering all data into an electronic format and ensuring its quality and accuracy. Additionally, technicians will learn to use Vegetation GIS Data System software for data collection. Candidates with experience identifying South Texas plants and conducting vegetative measurements will be given preference.

Qualifications: Undergraduates and recent graduates in Wildlife/Ranch Management/Natural Resources/Animal Science or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will be honest, self-motivated persons with a strong work ethic and experience in identifying South Texas plants. Applicants should possess strong people skills, leadership qualities, and communication ability. These positions will require working long hours in adverse conditions. These positions will require lifting objects greater than 50 lbs. Successful candidates must maintain a valid driver license. Applicants are subjected to background checks. Applicants must be able to use computer software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills.

Preferred Skills: Identification of Texas plants (grass, forbs, and shrubs) and experience with vegetation sampling methods. However, we are willing to train ideal candidates.

To Apply: 
Please send the following documents to cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net with "Wildlife Internship" in the subject line:

  • A 1–2 page statement of interest – describe your background, pertinent experiences and interests, accomplishments, and how this internship will benefit you.
  • Full resume – include all skills and proficiencies, volunteer experience, and/or other accomplishments.
  • Three references (contact information only)
  • A copy of your current college transcript. Applicants may submit an unofficial copy.

Cindy Pavlicek, Manager of HR and Administrative Services
(210) 455-3640