Job Description: Joshua Tree National Park is seeking an intern interested in wildlife management and scientific research. The intern’s duties will include, but are not limited to the following: Track desert tortoises using radio telemetry and enter behavioral observations into a handheld GPS device. Data collected helps biologists track health conditions, social behaviors, and understand how tortoises use and move throughout their home range. Monitor wildlife use of water sources throughout the Park using remote motion sensor cameras and assist staff with camera maintenance such as changing out batteries and image cards in the backcountry. Label and organize photos of bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bobcat, fox and other species that utilize these sources of water. Survey climbing and bouldering routes for raptor and nesting activity and monitor to track breeding success. Enter Wildlife Observation Cards into an Access database. Visitors and Park staff fill out cards with wildlife sightings, which are then entered into database for easy querying, organizing, and for research purposes.
Housing: Park housing is available at no cost. Housing may be either a shared room or private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Type of housing is dependent on Park housing availability at the time of internship.
Living Conditions: This position is located within Joshua Tree National Park in a desert environment. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees and afternoons are usually spent indoors. Office is located in Twentynine Palms, California. The city of Twentynine Palms has a grocery store, restaurants, and other basic amenities.
Vehicle: A valid driver’s license is required to drive a work vehicle to survey sites. A personal vehicle is required to commute between housing and the Park.
Stipend: $400/per week