Available Internships

2019

Project Title and Summary (click link for full description) Location

Coral Disease Intervention

Implement coral disease intervention on the Florida Reef Tract with the Biscayne National Park reef restoration strike team.  The intern will identify coral colonies for intervention, implement treatment actions, and monitor the short-term effectiveness of the efforts.

Biscayne National Park Homestead, FL

Bacterial Water Quality Monitoring Coordination

Develop and implement a volunteer-based bacterial water quality monitoring plan for Congaree National Park, which manages and interprets the nation’s largest remaining tract of southern old-growth bottomland forest. This plan will be developed with National Park Service staff and in consultation with partners from both the United States Geological Survey and the University of South Carolina.

Congaree National Park, Hopkins, SC

Shoreline Change Analysis Monitoring Protocol and SOP

Develop a shoreline change analysis monitoring protocol and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to collect shoreline data to inform climate adaptation planning at beach locations in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA

Modeling Indigenous Subsistence, Archeology, and Cultural Significance for the Penobscot River Ahead of Timber Management to Reduce Wildfire Severity

Develop a predictive model for the location of archeological and culturally significant sites along the East Branch of the Penobscot River within the boundaries of the monument. The intern will refine an existing model to incorporate past land use and settlement of the East Branch, in addition to current cultural and spiritual significance of landforms and landmarks along the river among the descendent community of Penobscot Indians.

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Patten, ME

Evaluating Future Water Supply Scenarios and Developing a Stream Temperature Monitoring Network

Assess water supply use and future demand in Mount Rainier National Park, and develop a range of alternative water supply options accounting for potential stressors including increased visitation, expansion of park operations, and a changing climate.  Develop a stream temperature and water level sampling plan and deploy a subset of sensors in high priority locations that are critical for understanding park water supply needs and for protecting sensitive cold-water species

Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire, WA

A Blueprint for Sustainable Park Friendly LED Lighting

Develop a national strategy and “proof of concept” to address both energy and LED lighting infrastructure considerations and include a blueprint for implementation in national parks. The strategy will assist national parks in transitioning to more energy efficient, sustainable, connected LED outdoor lighting infrastructures that will reduce light pollution, climate impacts, and park operation costs.

Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, Fort Collins, CO

Coastal Cultural Landscape Vulnerability Assessment

Analyze the vulnerability of National Park Service cultural landscape assets to adverse weather trends and events, such as flooding, erosion, and storm surge.

Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, Boston, MA

Addressing Vulnerability of Sensitive Cultural Resource Zones

Develop a cultural resources inventory and assessment plan detailing culturally-sensitive areas most vulnerable to climate change and contribute to a long term cultural resources monitoring strategy.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ajo, AZ

Determining Long-term Changes in Snow Cover and Stream Flow

Investigate the changing relationship between snow cover, stream flow, and climate over time in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park.  The intern will use a park-specific script developed by NASA for analysis of remote sensing data; explore other tools that indirectly quantify snow (such as using tree ring data to estimate Snow Water Equivalent); and “talk snow” with the park’s staff, visiting public, and digital audience throughout the hot Sonoran Desert summer.

Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

International Dark Sky Designation Coordination

Coordinate the development of and submission of applications for designation as an International Dark Sky Park for areas managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service and Ontario Provincial Parks in Canada. Develop briefing papers and presentations for national and international partners and stakeholders, as well as create lighting plans based on previous examples and protocols.

Voyageurs National Park, International Falls, MN

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