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: 2018 Summer Stewardship Internship
Closes May 4, 2018
Responsibilities and Duties: This is a temporary seasonal full-time position (40 hours/week), working some weekdays and all weekends. A typical work day may be 7am or 8am 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, 40% public outreach, and 40% 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
- Collect plant survey data 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
- Dissemination of summer public information and 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 or studies, 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 18 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
- Employment is conditional upon a background and physical screening
- 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/hour. 40 hours/week, tentatively Monday through Wednesday and weekends. Starting June 18 and continuing through September 3 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 received by May 4, 2018 for consideration and must include:
- One-page cover letter
- 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)
- Completed Alta Employee Application Form (please download from link).
- Application must be electronic and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject reading “Summer Internship Application”.
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
University of Utah
Though not an internship, Alta Ski Area is pleased to have ties with the University of Utah's Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and the Global Change & Sustainability Center. In hosting these program's annual orientations, together we learn and work side-by-side as stewards. As our relationship grew Alta wanted to offer more opportunities to the hard-working and sometimes less-advantaged students pursing higher education. In 2013 we offered a one-year full-tuition sustainability scholarship for two years to two very impressive students. As our goals have unfolded, together we now offer the Alta Sustainability Leadership Awards. The inaugural recipients were awarded in the spring of 2015.
Honoring Our Awardees
The following students and mentors have shown great capacity for the field of sustainability and commitment to their education all the while being exemplary stewards. It is our honor to recognize their hard work and outstanding efforts. These stewards will inspire others and lead the way in our shared plight for a sustainable way of life.
2016 Sustainability Leadership Awards
- Campus as a Living Lab: Ben Fasoli - Graduate Research Assistant, Atmospheric Sciences and Robin Rothfeder - Graduate Teaching Assistant, City & Metropolitan Planning
- Community Partnership: Professor Brian Codding, Anthropology
- Integrating Sustainability Education: Professor Amanda Smith, Mechanical Engineering
- Research: Professor Carol Werner, Psychology
- Sustainable Campus Transformation: Dean Robert Adler, S.J. Quinney College of Law
2015 Sustainability Leadership Awards
- Campus as a Living Lab: Youcan Feng - Graduate Research Assistant
- Sustainability Community Partnership: Robert Kent - Doctoral Student
- Sustainability Integration: Julia Corbett - Professor
- Sustainability Research: Barbara Brown - Professor