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Biological Technician - Saguaro National Park

Environment for the Americas Tucson, Arizona
Deadline Mar 01, 2019
Job Type Internship

Environment for the Americas coordinates diversity internship programs for many organizations. Our goals are to provide science-based internships and other career-building experiences for racially and ethnically diverse undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students to increase relevance, diversity and inclusion in national parks, national forests, and other public lands and natural areas.

The goal of this project is to lead “citizen science” volunteers in an exciting research project that is evaluating whether the timing of flowering in the giant saguaro cactus may be changing due to warmer desert temperatures. The saguaro, a natural icon of the desert southwest, produces large white flowers that bloom for one night and one morning during the months of May-July. The intern will become adept at the project’s methods, which include photographing saguaro flowers (which may be more than 30 feet above the ground) using an extendable selfie stick and digital camera connected through wi-fi to a computer tablet. He/she will work with volunteers to photograph the saguaros, then download the photos and transcribe the data. The intern will also help share the results with volunteers and the public through a dedicated website and social media, and will work with a diverse team of park interns engaged in research, ecological restoration, community outreach, and interpretation. The final products will include a report on the project; the photo database; and interpretive products that communicate about saguaros, pollinators, saguaro science, and climate to park visitors through a variety of social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

This internship is 11 weeks starting after mid May and going until August. This internship is stipend and travel and housing cost are included.

Qualifications:

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
  • Have a strong interest, or relevant experience, in areas pertaining to, but not limited to, history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) helpful and more needed for some positions
  • Be social media savvy!

HOW TO APPLY

Apply at https://www.environmentamericas.org/apply/  . Also check out other internship opportunities in a variety of fields and locations around the US.

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