Trail and Operations Intern

Expected Dates
August 16, 2021 to November 7, 2021
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Position ID
Come join us at the nearly perfectly shaped and preserved volcanic cinder cone, standing more than 1200 feet
above the surrounding high plains of northeastern New Mexico. Surrounding the cinder cone volcano is a
Pinyon-Juniper savanna of native grass interrupted by igneous rock outcroppings. Capulin Volcano is just one
of about 100 volcanic features in the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field, which covers about 8,000 sq. miles in
northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Colorado. The eruption of Capulin Volcano is one of the most
recent eruptions (approximately 60,000 years ago). More than 15 square miles of associated lava flows extend
beyond the monument’s boundary. The breathtaking panoramic view from the crater rim provides opportunities
for education and scientific investigation of natural and cultural landscapes including how the features were
formed and how the volcanic landforms helped shape the human history of northeastern New Mexico. Primary visitor services facilities and staff housing are nestled in a historic district. Help us ensure that these irreplaceable resources remain open and available to the public.

Duties include:
- Trail Maintenance Work such as rock work - lifting/moving, plant propagation and restoration, installation of water bars, hand tool work, vegetation trimming, exotic/invasive plant control and removal. (40%)
- Erosion Mitigation Projects including placement of wattles and/or straw bales on volcano slopes, planting of native grasses within sod trays and placement on slopes, and irrigation of newly planted vegetation. (40%)
- Assists Facilities Management employees with daily operations that protect historic structures and resources from visitor use damage, including clean and service chemical toilets, restrooms, and historic visitor facilities throughout the park, collects trash/recycling and empties trash cans to prevent wildlife access, performs routine maintenance on picnic area sites and trails using hand tools to re-grade and reset restoration barriers, performs simple and routine maintenance and repair of grounds, exterior structures, buildings, equipment and related utilities, assists facilities staff in the performance of their work (carpentry/masonry/painting/plumbing/cement finishing/etc.), and may operate government-owned light duty truck to pick up supplies and transport materials to and from park work sites. (20%)

Capulin Volcano National Monument is part of the High Plains Group of National Parks. This internship contributes to both the Facilities Management and the  Integrated Resource Management Divisions. The intern will be a critical part of a small team, which provides many opportunities for involvement in the decision making process. Each person has the potential to make a big impact for the monument! The work
week will be 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Some flexibility in scheduling is required. Conditions will often require working outside in hot or cold weather
and hiking over rough terrain. UTV training will be required. This position is ideal for detail oriented individuals who flex well between team and solo work.

Compensation amounts:

  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $1,100 - round trip travel allowance
  • Housing included
  • $3,097- Americorps eligible education award upon completion of service hours

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

  • Capulin Volcano National Monument was established in 1916 and covers 800 acres in northeastern New
    Mexico. The park includes a perfectly shaped cinder cone volcano, pinyon savanna, and a Mission 66 Historic
    district. On a clear day you can see 4 states from the rim of the volcano! Raton is 30 miles from the monument
    and is the nearest city with groceries, restaurants, theater, museums, and the regional medical center.
  • On the job training will be on-going to include pesticide use systems, application
    procedures, UTV operation, identification of native and invasive plants, and mechanical removal methods. Also potential to apprentice with trades.
  • Outdoor recreational activities abound at nearby state parks in both New Mexico and Colorado. The intern will
    be invited to participate in staff trainings both at Capulin and at the other two High Plains Group parks.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
some experience