Desert Vegetation and Soils Monitoring intern

Expected Dates
August 24, 2020 to December 21, 2020
I&M Chihuahuan Desert Network
Position ID
You will assist the lead biological technician responsible for the collection of a variety of vegetation resource monitoring data. You may be involved with the following: collection of long-term upland vegetation and soils monitoring data; collection of riparian vegetation monitoring data; laboratory analysis of the collected samples when needed; spatial and non-spatial data management. Good orientation and map reading skills are essential and some botanical or forestry experience or coursework is preferred. Specific duties may include establishing and marking permanent plots, identifying common plants of the Chihuahuan desert, collecting vegetation cover data, and testing for soil stability. You may also be identifying and measuring biological soil crust cover, collecting and processing soil samples for lab analysis, recording basic fire monitoring variables, and collecting and managing spatial data using advanced GPS units.

Compensation amounts:
  • $200 - weekly living allowance
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $1,612- AmeriCorp Education Award
  • $325 Health Insurance (if elected)
  • Housing included in position

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

  • Staff is based in Las Cruces, NM. Work areas include but are not limited to: Big Bend National Park (NP), Carlsbad NP, Fort Davis National National Historic Site, Guadalupe Mountains NP, and White Sands National Monument.
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • You will have the opportunity to be involved with other natural resource, inventory, ecological monitoring and research projects and interact with personnel based in NPS units, university researchers and graduate students working with the NPS.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Field Research
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience