Natural Resources Intern (Invasive Plants and Restoration)

Expected Dates
August 5, 2019 to April 10, 2020
Joshua Tree National Park
Position ID
Duties will focus on invasive plant management (65%) and native plant restoration (35%).  Invasive plant work includes mapping and treating invasive plant infestations. Treatment may involve leading or working with volunteers. The intern will not be expected to apply herbicides. Treatment will be by hand pulling or clipping. Mapping will be performed using a tablet or hand held GPS device. Some work reading monitoring plots will also occur. Restoration  field duties include seed collection, planting, installing vertical mulch, and providing irrigation to plantings. While most of the work occurs at Joshua Tree National Park, some trips to nearby Mojave National Preserve will also occur. This position requires bending, lifting, moving potted plants, and other tasks with repetitive movements. Will sometimes work independently, but usually with a group of staff and other interns, and sometimes with volunteers. May assist with other projects in the Resources division.
  • Two major deserts, the Mojave and Sonoran, meet within the boundaries of this 794,000 acre natural area, Joshua Tree National Park. The desert ecosystem is truly remarkable, harboring some of the greatest biological diversity in North America. Joshua Tree National Park has 6 distinct mountain ranges, 5 fan palm oases, over 800 vascular plant species, the federally threatened desert tortoise, many species of cactus, as well as its namesake, the Joshua Tree. Joshua Tree National Park is considered to have excellent rock climbing with more than 6,000 climbs and 500 bouldering problems. Much of this Park is federally designated wilderness, allowing for many opportunities to hike into untouched landscapes.
  • First aid/CPR; 4WD, search and rescue; on-line or in-house training for ArcGIS; other safety training.
  • Opportunities to attend local symposiums or conferences that relate to natural resource management are possible. Also you may be supported in starting individual “pilot” studies; however it will depend on scheduling, duration of internship, and funds.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience