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Ecosystem Science Intern Posted Jan 14
Bandelier National Monument, NPS/USGS , White Rock, NM
The New Mexico Landscapes Field Station is an interagency research and management
partnership between the US Geological Survey and the National Park Service (NPS) located at
Bandelier National Monument in northern New Mexico. We use long-term vegetation
monitoring, short-term plot networks, remote sensing data, and tree rings to research
climate and land-use-history driven changes to the ecological systems of the Pajarito Plateau
and the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Because of our
partnership, and co-location, with the NPS we are able to interpret our research findings to
land managers through high quality conversations about landscape patterns and processes
and work to develop strategies to maintain or restore keystone ecosystem function.
This intern will assist in the collection, processing, analysis and reporting on a centuries-long
tree-ring fire history in the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo Mountains as well as the Rio Grande
del Norte National Monument. Analysis will determine how recent fires fit within the longterm historical range of variability and compare to historical fire regimes. Various tree-ring
sampling of additional fire- and climate-sensitive trees throughout NM will occur throughout
the internship. Additionally, the intern will assist in field vegetation monitoring of a post-fire
vegetation recovery study in Bandelier National Monument.
The intern will gain training and experience in plant ID, GIS, tree-ring preparation and dating,
and coding with R.
• Hike to research areas
• Collect tree ring samples using a saw or increment borer
• Collect vegetation data, including species and cover class
• Process and analyze tree ring samples
• Perform data entry
• Must be a US Citizen, National or legal resident
• Must be 21 years old and possess a valid driver’s license
• Able to pass a Federal Background Check
• Must submit a mid-term and final report during term of service
• Possess a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Biology, Geography,
or related field of study
• Enjoys being in various landscapes, from high elevation deserts to forested mountain
• Ability to hike long distances across rugged terrain to remote study locations, often
off-trail, through brush and downed logs
• Able to carry up to 40 lbs. a minimum of 2 miles
• Experience with maps, compass, GPS devices, ArcMap, Google Earth, and digital
• R or Python programming language experience a plus
• Attention to detail
Learn more about the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station at
For questions about this specific position, or resume submission, contact:
Mannie Lopez, Biological Science Technician , NM Landscapes Field Station
Phone: (505) 954-2253

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