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Ecological Assistant

Individual Placement/Internships

Boulder City, NV
ID: 2887-984

Stewards Individual Placement Program (SIPP) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. SIPP in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Mojave Desert Network are seeking an intern who will assist in gathering and analyzing information on the plants, animals, and ecosystems within the parks. The Mojave Desert Network is one of 32 Monitoring Networks across the National Park Service, using information gathered for planning, research, education, and to help guide decisions related to park management. For more information see their website:

Position Responsibilities will include: 

  • Implementing Integrated Upland (shrubland community) protocol designed to address MOJN I&M’s vital signs (training will be provided)
  • Conducting acoustic monitoring following the North American Bat Monitoring Program protocol with some slight modifications (training will be provided)
  • Implementing the spring vegetation protocol (training will be provided)
  • Walking long distances over uneven terrain
  • Hiking with backpacks that weigh 30+ pounds
  • Establishing permanent monitoring sites
  • Collecting vegetation and soils data using established procedures
  • Taking GPS points and photos at each site
  • Conducting quality analysis/quality control for all data collected, either in the field or in the office
  • Collaborating with MOJN staff in project planning, oversight of field safety and logistics, field protocol and data QA/QC, equipment organization and maintenance

The field work is dynamic and may be carried out across the MOJN parks (Castle Mountains National Monument, Death Valley National Park, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Great Basin National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Mojave National Preserve). This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all plots are successfully completed during the field season, and may require long hours including nights, early mornings, and weekends. One position will be focused almost entirely on vegetation monitoring and the other will be a mix of vegetation and bat monitoring.

Members will be required to submit semiannual reports and a final report during their year of service.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience hiking in the desert
  • Experience identifying plants of the Mojave and Great Basin regions
  • Experience with deploying acoustic bat detectors
  • Experience using Access and/or SQL server-based databases
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Mandatory Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Experience hiking up to 10 miles a day for multiple days in potentially extreme conditions
  • Experience camping for multiple days
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and have an insurable driving record
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Applicants must pass a criminal background check which requires fingerprinting by park law enforcement or your local police department prior to start date.

How to Apply
In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.

This position is located in Boulder City, NV. View the Google Map in full screen.