Wildlife Ecologist

Expected Dates
April 30, 2018 to October 28, 2018
Valles Caldera National Preserve
Position ID
The main project for the Valles Caldera’s SCA program in 2018 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 designing, constructing, deploying and monitoring a network of “artificial” logs to provide attractive cover objects for the salamanders across the 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) sample ground-dwelling arthropods (JMS food resources) as part of the salamander diet study, and (4) radio telemetry monitoring of large mammas (elk, deer, bears, mountain lions).  Finally, SCA interns will assist with public interpretation and educational programs and events on the Preserve.
  • Intern will report daily to the administrative offices and science laboratory of the Valles Caldera National
    Preserve located in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. Field work will be conducted on the Preserve and in the
    neighboring Santa Fe National Forest.
  • Field sampling techniques in herpetology, entomology, fisheries, and wildlife management; species identification skills; data management and interpretation experience.
  • Opportunity to work with other disciplines in Natural and cultural resource management. Recreational
    opportunities include backpacking, climbing, biking, kayaking, and hiking.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Wildlife Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Working with Animals
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience