Natural Resources Intern (Nursery and Restoration)

Expected Dates
August 5, 2019 to April 12, 2020
Joshua Tree National Park
Position ID
The internship will focus on all aspects of native plant restoration at Joshua Tree National Park. Approximately 50% of the work will be in the Native Plant Nursery. This work involves propagation of native plants by seed, planting seedlings, cleaning seed, watering, pruning, checking and repairing irrigation driplines. The intern will be expected to operate a soil mixer (instruction and safety precautions provided). The other 50% of the work will be primarily in the field installing and maintaining native plant restoration treatments. Tasks including planting, mulching, soil decompaction, irrigation, and collecting field data on the location and effectiveness of restoration treatments using a tablet. This position requires bending, lifting, moving potted plants, and other tasks with repetitive movements. Will work independently and also on a crew setting. WIll also work with volunteers on a regular basis. May be asked to conduct nursery tours and assist with informal presentations. There will also be opportunities for the intern to assist with other natural resource projects at Joshua Tree National Park including invasive plant management, and rare plant monitoring.
  • 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, Operational Leadership, search and rescue; on-line or in-house training for ArcGIS; Plant Identification
  • 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
Plant Identification
some experience