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Wildlife Technician Intern
Ref No.: 19-00127
Location: Twentynine Palms, California
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 05/25/2020
The need for preserving all of our nation's history has never been greater, and we're counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) is a 10-week summer experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation's history and culture. Participants gain real-world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.

Position Title Wildlife Technician Intern
NPS Unit Name Joshua Tree National Park - Twentynine Palms, CA
Position Dates May 25th – July 31st
Position 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 to enter into a database for easy querying, organizing, and for research purposes.
Learning Goals Intern will acquire knowledge of Joshua Tree National Park's natural and cultural resources and the skills necessary to work as a Wildlife Biological Science Technician. Training will be provided to ensure interns are comfortable and safe when performing surveys of desert tortoises and raptors, as well as using motion-sensor cameras.
Qualifications Bachelor's degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, or other related field or in the process of obtaining a relevant Bachelor of Science degree. The intern should be able to follow verbal instructions and work independently and/or work effectively as a team member on survey or research crews. Have previous experience with/or ability to work outdoors in extreme weather (heat) conditions. Able to hike 2-6 miles on uneven terrain with pack carrying personal gear and water. Preferred experience collecting data in the field with a tablet or handheld device. Familiar with looking for and identifying raptors and nests. Must have the ability to hear the sounds emitted by the telemetry receiver. Be detail-oriented and can enter data precisely with attention to quality control/quality assurance protocols. Driving experience in extreme conditions and various terrain (i.e. sandy washes) or willingness to learn. Previous experience is helpful but not required. A passion for nature and learning is welcome!
Additional qualifications:
•          Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
•          Must be between 16 and 30 years of age
•          Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
•          Must be able to pass a federal background check
 Work Environment 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. The office is located in Twentynine Palms, California. The city of Twentynine Palms has a grocery store, restaurants, and other basic amenities.
Vehicle/License Requirement A personal vehicle is required for this site. A valid state driver's license is required to operate a government vehicle while conducting official government business.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Compensation is at a rate of $10 per hour, 40 hours per week.
  • Park housing is provided.
  • Mandatory attendance in the all-expense-paid Career & Leadership Workshop
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond
Application Instructions Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at
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  • Upload resume as a PDF file
    • The file name should include your first and last name or initials
    • Examples: FI. Lastname-resume.pdf, Firstname Lastname – resume.pdf, or Firstname L.pdf
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