Natural Resources Intern (Invasive Plants and Restoration)

Expected Dates
July 5, 2022 to December 31, 2022
Joshua Tree National Park
Position ID
Anticipated Backfill Position Dates of 07/05/2022 - 12/31/2022. 

Duties will focus on invasive plant management (~33%), native plant restoration (~33%), and damage mitigation (~33%).  Invasive plant work includes mapping and treating invasive plant infestations. Treatment may involve the use of herbicide, as well as hand and power tools. Mapping will be performed using a tablet or hand held GPS device. Some work monitoring vegetation plots may also occur. Restoration field duties include planting, installing vertical mulch, site monitoring, and irrigating plantings. Damage mitigation tasks include mapping and mitigating visitor caused damage, mainly off-highway vehicle damage and graffiti removal. Will involve traveling throughout the Park and the use of 4WD vehicles. 

This position requires bending, lifting, and other tasks with repetitive movements. Interns will sometimes work independently, but usually with a group of staff and sometimes with volunteers. They may also assist with other projects in the Resources division.

Compensation amounts:
•    $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
•    $850 - monthly housing allowance (interns must identify and secure their own housing)
•    $275 - weekly living allowance
•    AmeriCorps eligible ($2,417 education award and health insurance)
*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes
  • 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
Field Research
some experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience