Science Communication and Resource Monitoring Intern

Dinosaur National Monument

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Dates: July 10, 2022 – October 15, 2022

Compensation: $600/week + housing

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 internship will provide opportunities to observe, develop, and practice science communication strategies through a multidisciplinary project that combines interpretation/education with invertebrate research at Dinosaur National Monument (DNM). The interpretation/education component of the internship focuses on researching, developing and presenting interpretive programs that integrate citizen science into the visitor experience. Interpretation at DNM includes well established programs to communicate topics of geology, paleontology, and dark skies to a variety of audiences, especially children. This internship will include participating in the established interpretive schedule of providing visitor services and public programs at the Quarry Visitor Center, Quarry Exhibit Hall, and Campgrounds alongside other interpretive staff. This internship will also include developing new interpretive programs or products that support a new natural resource study on pollinators that began in 2019. The natural resource monitoring and research component of the internship focuses on a status assessment of pollinators, in particular monarch butterflies and bumblebees. The intern will be responsible for conducting field surveys to collect baseline data on monarch butterfly and bumblebee occurrence and habitat preference. Surveys will occur at both established/designated plots and in “opportunistic” plots at both DNM and the greater Uinta Basin.

Standardized citizen science-based protocols will be used for milkweed and nectar plant surveys, egg and larvae, and adults surveys, and tracking parasitism and survival. The intern will also assist in a larger park-wide pollinator baseline survey that focuses on all butterflies, moths, and bees. The intern will be paired with another dedicated pollinator intern provided by the Bureau of Land Management (Vernal Field Office) to assist other local, federal, and state agencies with similar data collection as requested. The intern may also have the opportunity to collaborate virtually and/or in-person on pollinator monitoring and outreach projects with other LHIP interns also studying pollinators at other NPS locations.

The primary final products will be the submission of observation, tagging, and parasite data to Utah Division of Natural Resources (via Utah Pollinator Partnership app), Southwest Monarch Study (https://www.swmonarchs.org/) and Project Monarch Health (https://www.monarchparasites.org/). Other final products include a summary report of monarch and bumblebee activity for DNM resource management archives and a presentation of findings to partners and staff. Background on Monarch Butterfly The monarch is currently listed as “warranted but precluded” under the Endangered Species Act.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Ability to plan and implement a weekly schedule both independently and in coordination with others, self motivated and guided, curious
  • Ability to hike short to medium (up to 2 miles) distances over easy to moderate terrain and be comfortable moving about independently in front country environments. Limited backcountry field work may occur but will always be with a companion
  • Strong writing skills and experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) preferable

Education and Qualifications:

  • Strong desire to work with a wide range of public audiences, especially children
  • Public speaking skills or a background in education or interpretation is not required
  • Basic field work experience and a strong interest in applied species conservation

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

Housing: Housing provided

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