The Alta Environmental Center is pleased to offer two types of internships: a project-based student-designed study and a summer stewardship internship. We encourage enrolled students who are focusing on sustainability studies or environmental science to apply. If you are interested in designing your own internship, please contact us.
Summer Stewardship Internship
Earning life-long skill sets
This temporary summer position entails working for the Alta Environmental Center as a representative, teacher, and land steward. The Summer Stewardship Internship will receive first hand and hands-on opportunities to learn about Alta’s sensitive alpine ecosystem, sustainability efforts, work with dedicated volunteers, visitors and partners.
Position Title: 2019 Summer Stewardship Internship
Closes April 21, 2018
Responsibilities and Duties: This is a temporary seasonal full-time position (40 hours/week), working some weekdays and most weekends. A typical work day is 7am to 5pm. Much of the work will be outdoors in varying weather conditions for extended hours. This position anticipates the work load to be about 20% general maintenance, 20% public outreach, and 60% conservation field work. This is a hands-on, experiential learning opportunity with a variety of duties that will include, but are not limited to the following:
- Navigate and collect coordinates using a hand-held GPS unit
- Maintain native plant nursery and restoration planting
- Identify and remove invasive and non-native plants
- Native plant identification and data collection for a baseline study
- Lead and maintain the safety of volunteers and school groups on stewardship events
- Work interdependently and with partners in the preparation of public events
- Work in a small team setting and communicate with other departments
- Distribute summer public information and provide interpretive outreach
- Write an internship experience article for the AEC newsletter
- Complete the requirements of school’s credited internship program, if applicable
- Pursuing a degree in environmental science, botany, conservation management, or equivalent
- Ability to self-manage and motivate
- Applicant must be self-disciplined, work hard, and maintain a pleasant attitude
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Must be 21 years or older
- Valid Driver’s License
- U.S. Citizenship or legal resident status
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
- Ability to walk long distances off trail and at high elevation for multiple hours
- Employment is conditional upon a background and physical screening
- Native plant identification and/or taxonomy experience
- Experience working efficiently in a small team setting
- Pursuing college credit for internship
- Familiar with Microsoft Word and Excel
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience driving off-road with 4x4 trucks and all-terrain-vehicles
- Prior practice working with the public, in customer service, and with youth ages 5-18
Salary & Period: $11.50/hour. 40 hours/week, tentatively Monday through Wednesday, and some weekends. Starting June 24 and continuing through September 7 minimally (11 weeks including holidays, potential to continue working additional weekends for specific events post September 3). This position does not include winter ski area benefits. It is restricted to seasonal summer temporary status only.
How to Apply: Application must be completed and received by April 21, 2019 for consideration. A complete application includes the online Alta Employee Application Form, and the following items sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject reading “Summer Internship Application." Phone interviews will occur starting in April and in-person interviews will likely be between April 23–26.
- One-page cover letter and one-page resume
- Three references (minimum 2 professional and only one may be a character reference)
- A short writing sample (one to two pages only)
Contact Information: Maura Olivos, email@example.com
In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is conditional upon satisfactory proof of an applicant's identity and legal ability to work in the United States. Alta Ski Area is an Equal Opportunity Employer and promotes a Drug-Free workplace.
Project Based Internships
Skiing toward a degree
Alta Ski Area does not offer a typical internship for students and universities. We believe in helping prepare students for their future careers by building valuable skill sets through on-the-job training with viable studies for both the student and ski industry. To allow this type of learning experience, we work with students to design a project-based internship that reflects their chosen major and compliments Alta's sustainability focused areas.
It is an exciting venture to self-design an internship, but as a mentor and business we have a responsibility to guide the student in creating a project that is meaningful and valuable. That is why we have put together the following parameters to assist in the creative process without losing sight of the target. If you are seeking some additional guidance, check out our "research interests".
- Students must be completing the internship as required credit for their degree/major
- Students must be pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, Sustainability Studies or other relevant field
- Students must follow and meet each step in determining acceptance of the internship project
- Students must be 18 years or older
Process for Acceptance
- Email the Alta Environmental Center (AEC) with a letter of inquiry, resume, and three references
- Research the AEC website, projects, and efforts
- Set up an informational interview with the AEC to determine common points of interest
- Email the AEC a Project Proposal and documentation for required internship from school
- If internship proposal is accepted, complete project within determined schedule and deliverables
What Does a Project Proposal Look Like?
The project proposal is put together with some guidance from the AEC and from your attending school. The proposal will outline a description, purpose, objectives, timeline, hours, and deliverables or project outcomes. Depending on the field of study or ingenuity of the student, project deliverables could include a report, event, or presentation.
We have had the privilege and opportunity to work with some talented and dedicated students over the years who have contributed to the sustainability effort more than we could have imagined. Knowing the mind is a valuable resource, we hope to stimulate students and ideas for generations. Here are just a few examples of previous, successful and viable project-based projects.
- Revegetation Monitoring Survey Program
- Documenting Ground Disturbance Projects
- Composting at High Altitude
- Revamping SKE-COLOGY and Correlating to Utah K-12 Core Curriculum
- Bark Beetle Imagery Surveying
- Vegetation Predictive GIS Analysis
- The Pros, Cons and Alternatives to Styrofoam in Food Service
- Parking and Carpooling Alternatives
- Preferred Carpool Parking Survey and Test