Saguaro National Park Wildlife Camera Technician Internship
American Conservation Experience (ACE) - Tucson, AZ
The intern will be working in Saguaro National Park's Science and Resource Management Division with the majority of the duties associated with using and conducting data management with wildlife cameras as part of a wildlife monitoring program with other national parks in the US and Mexico. The individual will be a member of a team of biological technicians and other interns and will work closely with a biotech who is very experienced in wildlife camera and data management. The work will be in both districts of Saguaro National Park in Tucson and potentially other parks in Arizona and Mexico. The intern will be provided training in wildlife identification, use of wildlife cameras, GIS, data management, etc. The intern will be involved in other resource management activities, including monitoring of natural resource impacts associated with the US-Mexico border and resource education.
Location : Saguaro National Park
Dates: Fall 2014- 20 weeks
The main duties of this internship will be to assist with wildlife cameras and wildlife data as part of a comprehensive wildlife monitoring partnership between parks in Arizona and northern Mexico and other partners including the Sky Island Alliance. The majority of the work will be focused on data from wildlife cameras and will include: identifying animals in photos; entering data; mapping wildlife distribution; web site development; assisting in educating visitors about wildlife through a variety of media; and working with our international partners. In addition, the intern will work with wildlife cameras in the field in Saguaro National Park. If time and funding allows, the intern may work in other parks in Arizona, especially Chiricahua National Memorial, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, and Coronado National Memorial, and potentially may work in Mexico if there is funding, time, interest, and appropriate skills. The intern will assist with educational activities; will assist on natural resource surveys related to border impacts, water, invasive plants, and wildlife. He or she will assist on other activities as appropriate for the park's needs and his or her skills. For example, if the intern has strong Spanish skills or an interest or background in education and social media, we have a need for these skills and would incorporate into the work schedule.
The work hours will vary seasonally, but will generally be from approximately 7 AM to 3:30 PM, although this will be flexible (some days may be longer, and others will be shorter). The intern will typically 5 days a week, but may be expected to work most Saturdays with Mondays off.
Physical requirements of the job:
Hiking on and off-trail up to 8 miles per day, sometimes with a heavy backpack for carrying drinking water and camera equipment. Elevation changes during a work day may vary from less than 1,000' ft up to 3,000'. Terrain may be steep, rocky, loose, or slippery. All work will be conducted under harsh environmental conditions (summer heat and humidity, monsoons, lightning exposure, minimal shade, remote locations). Incumbent will experience frequent encounters with reptiles, insects, mammals, cacti, and other thorny vegetation.
The ideal candidate will have a strong interest and some background in wildlife management and strong hiking skills, and be very comfortable around computers, including use of standard software such as Excel. Experience with database management and GIS is a definite plus. Spanish language skills and an interest in natural resource education are also a plus. The intern must have a strong work ethic and proven aptitude for working independently as well as with a team.
Must have a high fitness level and comfort level in remote settings.
Internship is available to US Citizens and Green Card holders only.
Must be 18-25 years old.
Must have a valid driver's license.
Ability to pass a federal criminal background check is required.
Personal reliable transportation is recommended.