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BR-03 Black-footed Ferret Intern

US Montana, Bozeman
Bozeman, MT 59715
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Black-footed Ferret Intern in summer 2021 to prepare for the reintroduction of the species on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Black-footed ferrets are one North America's most endangered mammals; there are fewer than 400 individuals in the wild today. They depend on the presence of prairie dogs and their burrows for food, shelter, and raising young. Key threats to the survival of both black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs are sylvatic plague, a non-native disease, and a lack of habitat.

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is interested in establishing a population of black-footed ferrets on their lands. Prior to reintroducing the species, however, a conservation plan needs to be developed and their prairie dog habitat needs to be evaluated. WWF, in partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Natural Resources Department and Little Dog Wildlife (hereafter, team), are co-developing a black-footed ferret conservation plan with the Northern Cheyenne community. The intern will assist the team with various aspects of the planning process and habitat assessment.

Position Summary

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Black-footed Ferret Intern in our Northern Great Plains location.


Responsibilities may include (and can be tailored to meet final candidate's skillset and professional development interests):

  • Mapping prairie dog colonies of interest.
  • Developing Global Information Systems (GIS) maps.
  • Developing outreach materials for the Northern Cheyenne community related to sylvatic plague, prairie dogs, and human health and safety.
  • Following COVID-19 guidelines, sharing outreach materials with individuals living near prairie dog colonies.
  • Assessing the native and non-native vegetation on prairie dog colonies in the reintroduction area through remote sensing data and/or ground-truthing surveys.
  • Mapping areas to be reseeded with native vegetation.
  • Developing a revegetation plan based on the habitat assessment.
  • Conducting community outreach relating to a black-footed ferret reintroduction by researching contact information and talking with Northern Cheyenne residents (following COVID-19 guidelines).

Learning Outcomes

The intern will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Northern Cheyenne's temperate grassland ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of black-footed ferret recovery.
  • Using a GPS unit to map prairie dog colonies and areas for reseeding.
  • Uploading GPS data into the GIS program ArcGIS software suite to make maps for outreach materials and the revegetation plan.
  • Conducting community outreach.
  • Conducting vegetation surveys.
  • Developing outreach materials.
  • Developing a revegetation plan.


Desired Skills and Qualities:

  • Individuals with deep knowledge of Northern Cheyenne values and culture.
  • Student pursuing an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, natural resources, environmental science, social sciences, or related field.
  • Willingness to learn about the prairie ecosystem and interact with the Northern Cheyenne community.
  • Experience using global positioning systems (GPS) and GIS programs like the ESRI ArcGIS software suite desired (although not required).
  • Self-starter who can work independently or as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration.

Location: Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Montana.


Paid $15.00 per hour (35 hours per week)

One time stipend net $100.00

How to apply:Please submit a resume &cover letterthrough ourCareers Page, Requisition #BR-03 no later than May 24th, 2021, 11:59 PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.


Posted: 2021-05-19 Expires: 2021-06-20

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