Independence Lake Science & Stewardship Intern

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Reno, NV, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Science and Stewardship Intern performs and participates in preserve operations, maintenance and management at Independence Lake Preserve (ILP).  The Independence Lake Preserve is approximately 20 miles north of Truckee California.


The Science and Stewardship Intern provides stewardship of 2,325 acres around Independence Lake, a nearly pristine montane lake in the Sierra Nevada, in the headwaters of the Little Truckee River.  The lake supports one of only two remaining wild, self-reproducing lake populations of the Lahontan cutthroat trout and six other native Lahontan basin fish species.  The Nature Conservancy’s objectives at the ILP are to protect against aquatic invasive species; to restore the Lahontan cutthroat trout population; to restore forest health; and to provide compatible recreation for the public.  Numerous other organizations and natural resource professionals are involved with the ILP, including the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, the US Geological Survey, the Truckee River Watershed Council, and natural resource experts such as foresters, botanists, and stream restoration specialists.  Under the supervision of the Preserve Manager, the Intern is expected to work cooperatively with all resource professionals at the Preserve, and to advance the Conservancy’s objectives at the Preserve.


  • Greet visitors and inform the public about the Preserve and the Conservancy.
  • Assist with native Lahontan cutthroat trout (LCT) population recovery activities.
  • Monitor the lake for aquatic invasive species (e.g., New Zealand mud-snail)
  • As needed, support the Truckee Donner Land Trust Watercraft Manager in training the public in the use of small boats and kayaks
  • As time permits, support other field activities on the Preserve
  • Works under close or infrequent supervision.


  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.               
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain and frequent possibility of injury.


  • Position is seasonal full-time, 5 days per week, and requires week-end and holiday work as part of the regular schedule.
  • During work periods, the candidate will be expected to reside on-site; housing will be provided in a camper.  On-site residence will be for a period of approximately 5 months (May through September 2019)                          


  • 2 years of college or equivalent in natural resource or environmental field.            
  • Experience operating various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. motorboats, chainsaw, two-way radio, etc.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR, herbicide or pesticide application).


  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues.
  • Knowledge and interest in fishery science, aquatic ecology and biodiversity conservation.
  • Basic understanding of fish ecology and ability to identify common fish species.
  • Ability to manage data, analyze data and prepare final reports.
  • Good social skills and ability to interact well with the public.
  • Willing to work week-end and holidays according to irregular schedule.
  • Willing to live and work in an isolated rural environment, with limited phone/internet connectivity.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Comfortable working in a remote location and interacting with people who have widely varying attitudes toward conservation and rules governing public access and use of the preserve.
  • The Intern should have a vehicle with medium to high clearance to get to and from the Preserve; however, a vehicle is provided by the Nature Conservancy for work activities.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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