Ecology and Wildlife Intern

Expected Dates
September 1, 2014 to September 13, 2015
Site
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
PO-00598139
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest wildlife refuges outside of Alaska with 860,010 acres.  It is also the largest USFWS managed Wilderness area in the contiguous U.S.  Since 93 percent of the refuge is designated Wilderness, backpacking and camping are required.  The refuge is comprised of 7 mountain ranges and broad alluvial valleys.  It is home to desert bighorn sheep, Sonoran pronghorn, lesser long-nosed bat and a multitude of desert adapted plants and animals.

Intern will continue long term vegetation monitoring program; exotic/invasive vegetation mapping and control; collect weather data; collect camera data from wildlife waters; and assist with endangered lesser long-nosed bat surveys.  Intern will assist with monitoring and management of Sonoran pronghorn located in a captive rearing pen; monitor and maintain irrigation of forage enhancement plots for Sonoran pronghorn, monitor other pronghorn waters, assist with water hauling to pronghorn waters and participate in annual capture and release operations.  Interns may also assist with aspects of the Human Effects on Sonoran pronghorn research being conducted on the Refuge and adjacent federal lands.   Intern will conduct habitat damage assessment surveys throughout the refuge and wilderness impact surveys.  Assist with various GIS related tasks, i.e. creation of shapefiles, map creation, basic analyses.  Manage, organize, analyze and produce reports on data collected.  Organize, train, and supervise volunteers.  Many of these jobs will be conducted with a minimum of supervision, may require extended overnight camping trips and backpacking trips and will require the ability to hike long distances, over difficult terrain, in extreme temperatures.
  • Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest wildlife refuges outside of Alaska with 860,010 acres. It is also the largest USFWS managed Wilderness area in the contiguous U.S. Since 93 percent of the refuge is designated Wilderness, backpacking and camping are required. The refuge is comprised of 7 mountain ranges and broad alluvial valleys. It is home to desert bighorn sheep, Sonoran pronghorn, and a multitude of desert adapted plants and animals. You will also be exposed to a multitude of local recreational opportunities (hiking, backpacking, camping) in the local area. You will also be within 3 hours of some of the best birding in the US (Southeastern Arizona) and 1-2 hours away from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.
  • First Aid/ CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Defensive Driving, Safety, Vehicle Maintenance
  • Opportunity to attend local forums presenting scientific finding on research completed in the region and non-formal basic natural history talks. You will be encouraged to develop independent projects as time allows.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Communications
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
some experience
Camping
some experience
Field Research
some experience
GIS
competent without supervision
GPS
competent without supervision