Natural Resource Intern

Expected Dates
August 11, 2014 to May 17, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park
Position ID
You will restore disturbed sites (revegetation, vertical mulching, restored sites); assist with exotic plant eradication; assist nursery manager with plant propagation and nursery maintenance; conduct botanical surveys; monitor restored and burned areas; communicate with the public about ecological issues including fire and restoration; organize and maintain databases (including GIS); write reports; assist with other Resource Division projects, as needed.
  • Two major deserts, the Mojave and Sonoran, meet within the boundaries of this 794,000 acre natural area, Joshua Tree National Park. The desert ecosystem is truly remarkable, harboring some of the greatest biological diversity in North America. Joshua Tree National Park has 6 distinct mountain ranges, 5 fan palm oases, over 800 vascular plant species, the federally threatened desert tortoise, many species of cactus, as well as its namesake, the Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree National Park is considered to have excellent rock climbing with more than 6,000 climbs and 500 bouldering problems. Much of this Park is federally designated wilderness, allowing for many opportunities to hike into untouched landscapes.
  • First aid/CPR; 4WD, desert survival, search and rescue; on-line or in-house training for ArcGIS and Access; other safety trainings.
  • Opportunities to attend local symposiums or conferences that relate to natural resource management are possible. Also you may be supported in starting individual “pilot” studies; however it will depend on scheduling, duration of internship, and funds.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience