Botany Internship

Expected Dates
September 26, 2022 to April 9, 2023
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Position ID
*Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.*

This position will aid the park Botany program in monitoring and restoring disturbed sites within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  The intern will assist the park Botanist with ecological monitoring, landscape restoration, invasive plant management and nursery management.  The intern will assist with sampling of vegetation plots, record field data on standard forms, map off-road vehicle track disturbance, use hand tools to remove off-road vehicle tracks, map non-native plant locations, use hand tools to remove non-native plants; care for plants in the park nursery; enter data and perform quality checks on data.  The intern will have the opportunity for on-the-job training in the management of public lands and natural resources.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 - weekly living allowance
  • Housing
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona. The Park headquarters are located 34 miles south of the town of Ajo, Arizona and 5 miles north of the international boundary with Mexico. Average daytime temperatures range from 108 degrees in the summer to 60-80 degrees in the winter. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Ajo, AZ are located in a remote part of the Sonoran Desert. However, the local towns and cities provide multiple amenities that allow individuals to adjust to living in the desert. In the town of Ajo (population 3,500) you will find: a grocery store, a medical clinic, multiple churches, a county library, a county park with playground, swimming pool, ball parks and community center and several national chain stores for household goods and electronics. Phoenix, AZ is a 2-hour drive from the park. Tucson, AZ is a 2.5-hour drive from the park.
  • Use of Global Positioning System (GPS) units; common plant species of the Sonoran Desert; use of a dichotomous key; vegetation sampling techniques; landscape restoration techniques; invasive plant management techniques; plant propagation techniques.
  • Educational opportunities will include on the job training in natural resource management, botany, flora and ecology of the Sonoran Desert. Recreational opportunities will include hiking and mountain biking within the Monument.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Plant Identification
some experience