Undergraduate Students

The Avian Science Center fosters mentoring at all levels of undergraduate education. We provide several opportunities for undergraduate student to gain experience in using avian species to guide natural resource conservation. We have a multitude of ongoing professional research projects in which students can volunteer or work seasonally. In addition, we assist students in developing and conducting their own research. All opportunities can be used to acquire college course credits. Openings for these opportunities are advertised on the Avian Science Center web site and other assorted web pages.


Student Employee

 The Avian Science Center, part of the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana (UM), in collaboration with the Intermountain West Joint Venture (www.iwjv.org), seek a student to assist in a variety of tasks and duties. The Avian Science Center (ASC) is a University of Montana (UM) research center that has established a productive partnership with the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV).  The IWJV is a multiple-agency organization that mission is to conserve priority bird habitats through partnership-driven, science-based projects and programs.  The IWJV operates across all or parts of 11 western states and encompasses some of the most diverse and intact landscapes in the West. 

Primary duties include data entry, document scanning, meeting packet compilation, file organization, and general support.  Duties may be expanded depending on demonstrated skills and ability. The position requires time management, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently once trained.  Familiarity with Microsoft Office is required and experience with GIS is preferred. 

The duty station will primarily be the IWJV main office located approximately five blocks west of the UM campus. The position is for 8-10 hours per week in which work hours can be set around the individual’s course schedule.  Pay rate is $10 per hour, dependent experience.  This position is for the full academic year and can lead up to multiple years of employment during future academic years and summer opportunities.  This is an excellent opportunity for students in natural resource conservation to make career contacts and contribute to science driven conservation efforts and partnerships.

How to apply: 

Interested individuals should email the following information by August 30th, 2018: 

  • Cover letter outlining research interests, academic and professional background
  • Resume/CV
  • Names and contact information for 3 references.

Email the application materials to asc@umontana.edu, include in the subject line “ASC_IWJV_student”.