Entomology Intern

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Position ID
The 2019 Valles Caldera’s SCA entomology program is a field study on the populations and communities of pest and beneficial arthropods in the forests and grasslands of the Preserve.  The study includes 3 main components:  (1) Long-term assessment of arthropod community change following the 2011 high-severity Las Conchas wildfire; (2) arthropod responses to forest thinning and prescribed fire in a montane forested ecosystem; and (3) controlling Douglas fir bark beetle outbreaks in an old-growth forest on the Preserve.
SCA interns will conduct field sampling using several types of insect traps, and then process the samples in the laboratory; this involves sorting specimens and preparing them for identification and eventual museum archival, along with data recording and computer data entry.  Primary taxa include beetles, grasshoppers, ants, spiders, millipedes and centipedes.  Bark beetle work will involve trapping beetles during swarming, and deploying pheromone lures/repellents in old growth forest.  Finally, general arthropod collection (hand collection, sweep nets, etc.) will be conducted throughout the spring, summer and fall.
As time permits, SCA interns will also assist other field crews on wildlife and botany projects; this will include combinations of habitat/vegetation sampling, fisheries monitoring, and surveys for salamander, frog and rodent populations.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $50 - weekly commuting allowance
  • $700 - monthly housing allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,960 education award and health insurance if elected)

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

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve (National Park Service), in northern New Mexico. See https://www.nps.gov/vall/index.htm
  • Field sampling techniques in entomology; species identification skills; data management and interpretation experience.
  • Informal educational activities will involve staff field trips to learn about habitat restoration techniques and monitoring methods. Recreational activities in the area include hiking, camping, fishing, and mountain biking.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience