Rare Species Research Assistant (DHA-RAI)

Grand Canyon

Please apply HERE

Dates: July 18 – October 7

Compensation: $640/week + Park Housing Included

Application Due: February 6, 2022

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) seeks to engage young Latino/Latina professionals in natural and cultural resource research and management, interpretation, and public affairs.

*This position requires that the intern be enrolled in a 4-year institute of higher learning. 

The project’s goal is to advance monarch butterfly conservation through monarch habitat creation, citizen science, interpretation and education, information sharing with decision-makers, and manuscript development.


Flora and Fauna Monitoring: To improve park and public understanding of milkweed distribution, nectar plant distribution, and monarch use, the intern will utilize established protocols to evaluate 10 monitoring plots through the Monarch Joint Venture Integrated Monarch Mapping Project. The intern will document the distribution and phenology of monarchs and milkweeds by entering milkweed locations (location # target = 100) and monarch sightings into the Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper. The intern will utilize established physical capture and tagging protocols to further park and public understanding of monarch migration and breeding patterns.

Habitat Restoration: The intern will develop and hone their ecological restoration skills through establishing milkweed and other nectar-rich plant species at two high visitor use locations. The intern will assist park staff with native seed collection, plant propagation, out-planting, and irrigation.

Written and Oral Communication: The intern will hone their oral presentation skills through sharing project findings with park decision-makers at a GRCA Science and Resource Management Program Managers meeting.  In addition, the intern will sharpen their scientific writing skills by sharing project results with the general public and scientific community through developing and submitting a manuscript for publication in NPS Intermountain Park Science.

Education and Outreach: The intern will collaborate with Interpretation and Resource Education (IRE) staff to develop a public education program on monarch conservation intended for diverse youth. The intern will inspire the next generation of NPS ambassadors through presenting one or more programs at a K-12 bilingual school. The intern will work with IRE staff to develop materials/resources/social media posts to encourage and connect park visitors to citizen science opportunities in their local neighborhood. The intern will direct the public to the wealth of citizen science opportunities inside and outside of national parks.

Responsibilities: Advancing the park and public monarch conservation actions (see Duties section above) and sharing project findings with park decision-makers and stakeholders in a professional setting. Engaging with the assigned mentor to develop a mentorship plan that advances the intern’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, and leadership skills.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is located in Northwest Arizona, approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities, churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

Abilities and Skills: Strong interest in monarch conservation. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Education and Qualifications: Applicant must be currently seeking an undergraduate or master’s degree in biological sciences, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position. Applicant must have general knowledge of monarch conservation, ArcGIS, strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to effectively collaborate.Applicant must be physically fit and willing to conduct fieldwork in rugged terrain within Grand Canyon National Park.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Applicants must possess a valid U.S Driver’s License

Housing: Housing provided


To apply for this job please visit latinoheritageintern.org.

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