Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist

Expected Dates
May 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Position ID
The main project for the National Park Service’s Valles Caldera’s SCA program in 2019 is a field study on the abundances and distributions of the federally-endangered Jemez Mountains Salamander (JMS).  This species of forest salamander is endemic to the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico, and is very secretive and difficult to detect.  The project study will involve monitoring a network of “artificial” logs to provide attractive cover objects for the salamanders across the Jemez Mountain range, with the objective of using this network of logs to monitor temporal dynamics of JMS populations.  SCA interns will be working with NPS wildlife biologists and a university professor to conduct the study.
In addition to the main salamander project, SCA interns will work (as time permits) with the Valles Caldera’s wildlife biologist to (1) monitor populations of the recently-reintroduced Northern Leopard Frog, (2) monitor stream fish populations using electro-shocking equipment and capture/release techniques, (3) use “track-plating” techniques to inventory for the endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse, and (4) sample ground-dwelling arthropods (JMS food resources) as part of the salamander diet study.  Finally, SCA interns will assist with public interpretation and educational programs and events on the Preserve.

Compensation amounts:
  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $160 - weekly living allowance
  • $50 - weekly commuting allowance
  • $700 - monthly housing allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($2,960 education award and health insurance if elected)

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

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve (National Park Service) in northern New Mexico (see https://www.nps.gov/vall/index.htm)
  • Field sampling techniques in herpetology, entomology, fisheries, and wildlife management; species identification skills; data management and interpretation experience.
  • Informal educational activities will include staff field trips to learn about forest fire impacts on natural and cultural resources. Recreational opportunities include hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking in the Jemez Mountains.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree major or professional experience
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience