Aquatic and Physical Science Intern

Expected Dates
July 27, 2020 to July 25, 2021
Sonoran Desert Network
Position ID
You will assist in the monitoring of water resources and climate, in accordance with established protocols, under the direction of the Lead Physical Science Technician. Monitoring of water resources with focus primarily on perennial streams and will include, the collection and processing of water quality and quantity data, aquatic habitat surveys, collection of aquatic macroinvertebrates and geomorphology.  Climate monitoring will focus on the construction and deployment of weather stations.  You will at times have the opportunity to participate in vegetation monitoring, soil sample processing or other office-based projects related to data management of monitoring projects. You will be expected to safely and efficiently carry out field work, following instructions and standardized procedures, collecting and organizing field data, while adhering to standards for quality control of data collected.  In addition, you will calibrate, operate, and maintain resource management equipment, as necessary. This will include timely communication relating to repair or replacement. You will also utilize a variety of computer programs to compile, reduce, store, retrieve, and report data and other resource management information.

Fieldwork will constitute up to 50% of the intern’s tiime and will include work in all types of weather- possibly temperatures in excess of 100 degrees F and below 32 degrees F.  Fieldwork will take place primarily in and around stream channels and on difficult terrain in the backcountry using backpacks to move equipment.  Intern will occasionally be required to camp for several days at a time.  Field work will be conducted at several national parks in the Sonoran Desert and Southern Plains region, primarily in Southern Arizona, but also including parks in New Mexico and Colorado.  The intern will be expected drive government vehicles.

  • You will be based in Tucson, Arizona, but fieldwork for this position will be conducted in several National Park units in the Sonoran Desert and Southern Plains region (Southern Arizona, New Mexico and Southest Colorado): Chiricahua NM, Coronado NM, Fort Bowie NHS, Gila Cliff Dwelling NM, Montezuma Castle NM, Organ Pipe Cactus NM, Saguaro NP, Tumacacori NHS, Tuzigoot NM, Pecos NHS and Bents Old Fort NHS.
  • Basic safety training, training in ecological sampling methods and instruments pertaining to water quality, quantity, macroinvertebrates, habitat surveys and channel morphology in the Sonoran Desert and Southern Plains
  • Opportunity to gain exposure to natural resource monitoring, and research projects and interact with personnel based in NPS units. Tucson offers ample opportunities for hiking, biking, camping, etc. and features a vibrant and diverse community.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
degree minor or extensive experience
Ecology & Restoration
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
degree minor or extensive experience
some experience
Field Research
some experience