02 Dec Soundscape Technician
Tonto National Monument (TONT) was established to preserve, protect, and interpret prehistoric cliff dwellings, other archeological sites, and the natural resources of the Upper Sonoran Desert ecosystem. This ecosystem is composed of a variety of natural sounds that create an immersive experience for visitors and play an important role in wildlife behavior.
The chosen intern will work as part of an interdisciplinary team to implement a sound recording project. The primary goal of this project is to capture and preserve the unique soundscape of the park in support of the park’s interpretation and resource management goals. As project leader, the intern will set up field recording equipment, identify and record natural and human sounds, and manage sound recording data. The intern will design and author an activity page on soundscapes for inclusion in the Tonto National Monument Junior Ranger Program booklet. Finally, the intern will produce a final report describing methodology, results, and future recommendations of the sound recording project.
As this is an interdisciplinary position, the intern will be trained to assist park staff in interpretation and resource management. Routine tasks may include website and social media assistance, monitoring backcountry archeological sites, and collecting backcountry game camera, air quality, and weather station data.