Citizen Science Coordinator Intern (PO-00735210)

This position will coordinate community volunteers helping to document amphibian populations and aquatic ecosystems throughout Mount Rainier National Park, monitoring changes over time. This will add to our knowledge of the park and its resources, and also engage members of the public in significant work collecting field data to preserve those resources. Please visit and for more information.

During the internship, the incumbent will spend approximately 40 hours/week on the following:

  1. Recruit, train, organize and lead Volunteer-In-Park volunteers in conducting surveys of amphibians according to protocols established by the Mount Rainier National Park Aquatic Ecologist;
  2. Enter data into an established database and produce annual report and resource brief;
  3. Encourage citizen participation in park science through active participation in field data collection;
  4. Provide important data to the NPS on the distribution and relative abundance of amphibian species inhabiting aquatic or riparian environments within Mount Rainier National Park.

This position will involve hiking and camping in park wilderness areas, some without established trails, and often guiding teams of volunteers. Route finding and safety assessment will be required.

The intern will be provided with wilderness survival gear including maps and compass, GPS, and a park radio, and trained in basic emergency response. The intern also will be trained in Mount Rainier`s field science protocols, and in techniques for recruiting and working with public volunteers in wilderness settings.


  • $250/week Living Allowance
  • $1,100 To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Shared Housing provided on-site
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718 received upon successful completion of position and 450 hours of service
  • Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)–can be combined with another internship

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Position ID: PO-00735210

Expected Dates: June 5, 2023 - September 10, 2023

Mount Rainier National Park
1 Longmire Warehouse
Longmire, WA 98397

Training Provided: The intern will receive training on Mount Rainier's natural resources, data collection, and volunteer management, and safety. Wilderness first aid training may also be provided.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Opportunities will also exist to participate in other natural and cultural resource programs and other volunteer opportunities at the park throughout the summer.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Groceries and other services are an hour's drive away from the housing locations.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing will be either in a historic cabin at Longmire (work duty station, located within Mount Rainier National Park), or a 1960s-era house at Park Headquarters (15 miles away). Living space and bathrooms are shared with other seasonal employees, and depending on the housing assignment, you may also have a roommate of the same gender. Housing assignments are not finalized until late spring. Laundry facilities are available nearby.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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