Topic ID #40648 - posted 2/6/2019 8:23 AM

Paid Summer Internship at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument


The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) Internship Program is issuing a special call for applications for a paid internship at Organ Pipe National Monument in summer 2019. Eligible applicants are highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students with an academic and/or professional background in archaeology and/or history, with a preference towards the American Southwest and Sonoran Desert. See the attached project description Addressing Vulnerability of Sensitive Cultural Resource Zones and visit the Future Park Leaders webpage for additional information. 

Please email with a request for an application form by no later than February 20, 2019. The application deadline is February 22, 2019. 
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (ORPI) contains an archaeological record of over 8,000 years of human habitation in the heart of the Sonoran desert. The archaeological record at ORPI has not been fully assessed, and only approximately seven percent of the Monument has been surveyed for cultural resources. Archaeological sites at ORPI are preserved in a fragile desert landscape. Monument staff are concerned that environmental changes posed by climate change could expose archaeological sites to rapid erosion processes that would adversely impact site integrity at an accelerated rate.

The Resources Division at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument has maintained an Ecological Monitoring Program (EMP) to measure environmental changes within the Monument over time. The EMP has monitored the hydrology, climate, fauna, and flora of the desert environment at ORPI consistently since 1993. The intern will utilize several climatic datasets from the EMP as well as projected future climate data, to develop predictive precipitation and hydrological flow models in GIS, and will identify the cultural resource areas within ORPI requiring inventory and assessment work based on their increased risk to erosion. Tasks will include: exploring existing data from the ORPI EMP and
cultural resource GIS to identify relevant data, utilizing available predictive climate data (from sources
such as those identified here:, and synthesizing data in a GIS
environment to model current and future hydrological conditions in the Monument.

The project will involve working with NPS cultural and natural resources staff, and potentially other
academic researchers. The intern will develop two main products, a final report and GIS database,
including models that will be utilized by Resource Management Division staff to manage cultural
resources, and to create future project proposals that will address the major problems identified by the
research. The intern may also present the results of their work to professional, archaeological audiences
and the public as appropriate. The intern's work will also be relevant to surrounding lands managed by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management and other desert southwest NPS


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