Monitoring and Restoration Intern (PO-00734524)

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The Monitoring and Restoration Intern will work in Utah's spectacular canyon country for the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group Administrative Office in Moab, UT.  The intern will work primarily with vegetation and water specialists, but also with NPS river rangers, conservation corps hired for specific projects, and volunteers. Work opportunities will focus on Arches and Canyonlands national parks, with some potential projects in Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

Duties in these positions are diverse. Flexibility, curiosity, enthusiasm, and a willingness to perform sometimes very difficult physical work and to tackle any task are a must. Monitoring projects involve upland vegetation plots, water quality, and spring flow. Restoration tasks include hand-pulling exotic plants, selective spraying of invasive plants with herbicides, collecting native seeds, and assisting with implementing and gathering data on a grasslands restoration project. There is also the physically taxing work of moving and stacking cut non-native trees from the banks of the Colorado and Green rivers, as well as informal interpretation of these activities to visitors near the work sites.

Much of the work will be accomplished on day trips, but the intern will participate in one or two six-day river restoration camping trips, and will occasionally camp for one to three nights on other projects. Less than 20 percent of the intern's time will be spent in the office in Moab, assisting with entering and managing data, and maintaining and organizing field equipment. Requirements for the position are a basic background in Biology, an active interest in plants and ecology, fitness and willingness to perform physically demanding outdoor work, attentiveness to safety procedures, and physical fitness for hiking, camping, and carrying a backpack up to 45 pounds in weight.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 – weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,566 education award)
  • Housing
  • up to $45 reimbursed for uniform pants

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes


Position ID: PO-00734524

Expected Dates: March 12, 2023 - July 1, 2023

2282 SW Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532

Training Provided: On-the-job training in multiple monitoring methods, plant ID, seed collection, exotic plant ID and management, and herbicide treatment methods and safety. Herbicide treatments will always be performed under the supervision of a NPS licensed applicator.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Off-duty recreation abounds: hiking, camping, running, rock climbing, river rafting, canyoneering, road biking, mountain biking & more. Events or festivals occur many weekends; Moab offers many fitness classes and an award-winning library with WiFi.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

no public transit in Moab

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

Housing will be in a potentially co-ed shared house or apartment, either in the town of Moab (3-5 miles from the main office) or at Arches National Park (8 miles). Basic home furnishings and kitchen cookware are provided.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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