Sandia Mountain Natural History Center/Valle de Oro
Join New Mexico’s largest Environmental Education Center, The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center (SMNHC), in teaching students from across New Mexico about the varied ecology of this great state. The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is a unique partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Each year the SMNHC teaches about 17,000 students, teachers and parents about the interconnectedness of nature through a series of fun, exciting and educational programs. The primary location of this internship is at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center; a 128 acre jewel nestled against the east side of the Sandia Mountains adjacent to the Cibola National Forest. You will also be assisting Center staff with educational programs at other locations such as Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area and numerous State Parks and wild areas across New Mexico. You will be teaching 3-5 hour environmental education programs/hikes for 20-30 5th grade students at a time, teaching about ecology and the interconnectedness of nature at the SMNHC. You will work as a liaison between the SMNHC and Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge working to use lessons learned at the SMNHC to develop programs at Valle de Oro and other collaboration ideas. You will have the opportunity to assist full time staff with field research on a range of ecological monitoring projects happening at the SMNHC. Some minor trail maintenance and other projects as assigned will be a part of this exciting opportunity.
The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located in Cedar Crest, NM just 22 miles from downtown Albuquerque on the eastern slopes of the Sandia Mountains. The Center is at 6900 feet in elevation with a temperate climate. The pinon juniper woodlands of the high New Mexico desert are bathed in over 300 days of sunshine each year. New Mexico’s unique blend of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures combine for an interesting life experience.
New Mexico is an outdoor person’s paradise. The Sandia Mountains alone have over 200 miles worth of trails that are perfect for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing. The Rio Grande River, running through Albuquerque, provides even more recreational opportunities. New Mexico is home to 5 National Forests, 15 National Park sites, 9 Wildlife Refuges and 35 State Parks. The University of New Mexico, the state’s largest university, is located in Albuquerque. By virtue of this position’s aﬃliation with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, you will have free access to all state museums and monuments.
Most of the training provided is on the job and hands on. There may be opportunities for First Aid, CPR and Wilderness First Aid.