The National Park Services Southeast Arizona Group (SEAZ) includes Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument (CHIR), and Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Chiricahua National Monument, located in Southeastern Arizona, has a documented history of slope instability and erosion. The intern will help establish the Unstable Slope Management Program for Federal Land Management Agencies (USMP for FLMAs) at Chiricahua National Monument and continue our current erosion control projects at Coronado National Memorial. USMP will be adopted to identify, categorize, and rate slopes along trails and roads using the USMP rating criteria. Field data collection and observations will be recorded using USMP data applications and data sheets. The USMP was started at CHIR with the help of a MIS intern in the summer 2019. Large-scale erosion control efforts at Coronado National Memorial and Rancho Los Fresnos (Sonora, Mexico) were initiated through Southwest Border Resource protection program funds in 2017. We implemented the majority of treatments in 2019 and we are now in the monitoring stage.
Work will occur as an individual and in a team setting; field and office based; and conducted primarily at Chiricahua National Monument and Coronado National Memorial. The intern will also have the opportunity to participate in smaller on-going projects at Fort Bowie National Historic Site. Projects could include: cave monitoring and restoration, GIS and data management, imagery analysis, restoration, erosion control, air quality monitoring, landscape photography, and bat mist-netting.
This project ties to the NPS mission by helping preserve the natural resources of the national park system in three NPS units as well as addressing an important resource management issue by managing and monitoring slope stability and erosional issues.
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or a veteran up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.