Wildlife Management Internship

Location: This internship is based at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch, 45 minutes south of Hebbronville, and will include work on East Foundation properties throughout South Texas.

Salary: Compensation is $11 per hour and includes housing on the San Antonio Viejo Ranch.

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 1 – December 15
Last Date to Apply: August 2, 2021

Description: East Foundation is seeking two interns for the fall session. Interns are expected to participate in all facets of the Foundation, including Programs, Field Operations, Ranch Operations, and Administration. The goal of the Wildlife Management internship is to equip future natural resource managers with skills in management of wildlife and range on a large scale working cattle operation. The emphasis for wildlife interns is to dedicate a majority of their time to understanding wildlife research methods, study design, and application for management. East Foundation Wildlife interns will assist with:

  • Wildlife surveys, exotic harvests, prescribed burns when available (50% of time)
    • Interns will gain hands-on experience with wildlife related field work.
    • Interns will gain skills in research project development, data collection, and data management
  • Vegetation surveys for forage standing crop, vegetation composition, cover, and structure (40% of time)
    • Interns will gain skills in plant identification, vegetation sampling methods, and stocking rate calculations based on available forage. In addition, interns will be taught basic GPS and GIS skills.
  • Cattle workings (branding, sorting, palpation etc.), inventory, gathering, and rotations (10% of time)
    • Interns will gain an understanding of stockmanship, handling, ranch economics, and husbandry.

In addition to the duties described above: East Foundation interns can expect to assist with the education and outreach program; management of facilities, infrastructure, security, and service; and in administrative processes.

Directed Project: Wildlife interns are required to complete a project during their internship. This project should focus on wildlife management in semi-arid rangelands. Interns will work as a team to assist with each other’s projects under the supervision of their advisor. In addition, interns will be taught basic GPS and GIS skills to assist with field work.

Qualifications: Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates in Wildlife and Range Management, Natural Resources or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be an honest, self-motivated person with a strong work ethic. Applicants should possess strong people skills, leadership qualities, and communication ability. This position will require working long hours in adverse conditions and 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 software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills.

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