Are you an aspiring scientist who would love to work in one of the most notable and best preserved sites in the United States? Apply for an internship at Mesa Verde National Park! The position would provide support to a variety of ongoing projects focused on the park’s natural water resources and related projects! These include:
- Seeps and Springs Surveys: Evaluate the conditions of natural water sources by collecting water quality data, measuring pools and wetted areas, measuring spring flows, identifying plant and invertebrate species presence, documenting wildlife use, and managing and organizing data. This will also involve remapping spring locations and surveying for historical spring sites.
- Chapin Mesa Springs Project: Water sampling is being conducted to determine the age of emerging water at these spring sites and to identify contaminants present in spring water to identify possible wastewater contamination. Sampling can also help to identify the influence of outflow water that has been treated for consumption and its influence on the water available in springs. Duties involved with this project include collecting water samples and water quality data, managing trail cameras, and collecting solar radiation data and spring measurements.
- Morefield Wetland Restoration: This position will provide assistance with an ongoing wetland restoration project. Duties expected may include riparian vegetation seed collection, reading monitoring transects, fence rehabilitation, and planting.
- Amphibian Surveys: The park expects to survey and monitor springs and perennial water sources for amphibian presence. The position can expect to assist in carrying out survey protocols, map site locations, and identify or key out amphibian species.
- Natural Resources: While this position is primarily tied to natural water resources, duties may extend to other aspects of natural resource management including air quality monitoring, vegetation surveys, and wildlife surveys.
The intern will require the ability to hike on and off trail in moderate to strenuous terrain, up to 6-8 miles; will have an interest in natural resource management, conservation, and a desire to learn; will preferably have taken courses relating to natural resources, ecology, hydrology, etc.; and will ideally have good organizational skills and a positive attitude.
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.