Ecological Restoration Intern

Expected Dates
August 31, 2020 to August 29, 2021
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Position ID
This position will aid park staff in monitoring, protecting, and restoring natural resources 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; propagate and 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 and participate in the application of science in natural resource management.

  • $160- Weekly Living Allowance
  • Housing included
  • Health insurance (if elected)
  • $6095- AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located in the Sonoran desert in Southwestern Arizona. Park headquarters is 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 60-70 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 medical clinic, multiple churches, a vibrant 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 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.
  • Education opportunities will include on the job training in natural resource management, botany, flora of the Sonoran Desert 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
Data Entry
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience