The East Foundation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 2007 upon the passing of Robert C. East on June 18, 2007. The Foundation operates six ranches across approximately 217,000 acres of south Texas native rangelands making it one of the largest private landowners in both Texas and the nation. With administrative offices in San Antonio, the Foundation deploys a staff of over 40 throughout south Texas to meets its mission to promote the advancement of land stewardship through ranching, science, and education.
The East Foundation is seeking 2 interns for the Spring session. This is a temporary position, not to exceed 40 hours per week, with no health or retirement benefits. Interns are expected to participate in all facets of the Foundation, including Programs, Field Operations, Ranch Operations, and Administration. The goals of the Ranch Management internship is to equip future natural resource managers with skills in management of cattle, range, and wildlife. The emphasis for ranch interns is to dedicate a majority of their time to understanding the importance and integration of range science in cattle management. East Foundation Ranch interns will assist with:
-Cattle workings (branding, sorting, palpation etc.), inventory, gathering, and rotations (50% of time)
o Interns will gain an understanding of stockmanship, handling, ranch economics, and husbandry
-Vegetation surveys for forage standing crop, vegetation composition, cover, and structure (40% of time)
o Interns will gain skills in plant identification, vegetation sampling methods, and stocking rate calculations based on available forage.
-Wildlife surveys, exotic harvests, prescribed burns when available (10% of time)
o Interns will gain hands-on experience with wildlife related field work
In addition to the duties described above: The East Foundation interns can expect to assist with the education and outreach program; management of facilities, infrastructure, security, and service; and in administrative processes.
Ranch interns are required to complete a project during their internship. For each position:
1. We are seeking 1 intern to complete a range focused research project. Ideally this candidate will have a professional and academic interest in range research and management. This intern will be sponsored by the Texas Section of the Society of Range Management (TSSRM). This intern will present their research at the TSSRM meeting in October.
2. We are seeking 1 intern to complete an agricultural/animal science focused research project. Ideally this candidate will have a professional and academic interest in animal science and agricultural economics.
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.
Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates in Natural Resources, Animal Science, Wildlife and Range Management or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be an honest, self-motivated person with a strong work ethic and an interest in ranching. 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.
Please send the following documents to email@example.com with ” Ranch Management 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