Range Ecology Technician

Location: Based at San Antonio Viejo Ranch located in Jim Hogg County, Texas (45 minutes south of Hebbronville); potentially working on all Foundation properties throughout South Texas.

Salary: Compensation is $15 per hour plus housing; this is a temporary position, not to exceed 40 hours per week, with no health or retirement benefits.

Start Date: May 22, 2024

End Date: August 9, 2024

Last Date to Apply: April 19, 2024

The start date is flexible within one week of the date listed and EF will assist successful applicants in any way to receive relevant university credit for term(s), if applicable.

Description: The mission of the East Foundation (EF) is to support wildlife conservation and other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship.  Our mission is achieved through research, education, and outreach.

The EF was founded in 2007 to promote wildlife conservation, livestock management, ranching heritage, and private land stewardship.  The intent of the East family was that the Foundation support research, education, and outreach for sustaining rangeland habitats for both native wildlife conservation and livestock production.

The Foundation owns more than 215,000 acres of native South Texas rangeland.  Properties include the historic San Antonio Viejo Ranch near Hebbronville, and five additional properties occurring eastward to the Gulf Coast.

This position will focus on the collection of vegetation data on the East Foundation Ranches, mainly within an 18,000-acre experimental grazing study. Data includes forage utilization, forage standing crop, vegetation structure, cover, and composition. We use grazing exclosures, double sampling, and transects with quadrats to collect data. Technicians will also be responsible for entering all data into an electronic format and ensuring its quality and accuracy. Additionally, technicians will learn to use digital software for data collection.

Qualifications: Juniors, seniors, or recent graduates in Range/Wildlife/Ranch Management/Natural Resources or related degree programs are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will be honest, self-motivated persons with a strong work ethic and a background in range and wildlife science. Applicants should possess strong people skills, leadership qualities, and communication abilities. 

These positions will require working long hours in adverse conditions. These positions will require lifting objects greater than 50 lbs. Successful candidates must maintain a valid driver’s license. Applicants are subjected to background checks. Applicants must be able to use computer software such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, in addition to basic computer skills.

Preferred Skills: Identification of Texas plants (grass, forbs, and shrubs) and experience with vegetation sampling methods. However, we are willing to train ideal candidates.

To Apply: Please send the following documents to cpavlicek@eastfoundation.net with "Range Ecology Technician" 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, as well as a list of at least three professional references.
  • A copy of your current college transcript. Applicants may submit an unofficial copy.

Cindy Pavlicek, Chief of Staff