Monarch Butterfly and Natural Resource Intern – ONSITE

Start/End Dates: October 30, 2023 – March 15, 2024

Compensation: 600 per week + 1000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance provided upon request 

Application Due: November 5, 2023
Position Available: 2

Environment for the Americas seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.
You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident 
  •  A personal vehicle is required for this position.  

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Position Description: 

Interns will participate in several months of monitoring and habitat assessment for overwintering western monarch butterflies at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB).  VSFB is located on the California coast in northern Santa Barbara County, and is home to over 30 known monarch overwintering sites, making it a crucial habitat for overwintering monarchs.  Interns will be trained in standardized monarch monitoring protocols, and will work with volunteers and paid staff to conduct counts of overwintering monarchs and habitat assessments at known monarch overwintering sites on base.  They will be responsible for entering all collected data into an online database.  They may also be required to map the location of monarch clusters within overwintering sites using a GPS unit or tablet (provided).  Interns will also be tasked with searching for new monarch overwintering sites at VSFB, which may entail hiking off trail. They will also assist with monarch research projects being conducted on base, and will work with graduate students and professional biologists to follow their data-collection protocols.  In addition to the monarch work, interns will also have the opportunity to assist with a variety of natural resource monitoring and management projects on VSFB, including marine mammal surveys, beach management for threatened western snowy plovers, habitat restoration, beach clean-up, and installation and management of remote wildlife cameras.  They will also assist VSFB staff in conducting educational outreach about monarchs and other natural resources with the on-base community, including at elementary schools and after-school programs.


  •  Verifying and updating recreation-related databases for developed recreation sites and trails

  • Acting as the project manager for partners collecting recreation-related field data,

  • Creating a standardized map template for kiosks which would require GIS skills,

  • Assisting with forest-wide management where campground and rental cabin information is viewed by the public for reservations,

  • Reporting and updating Great American Outdoors Act project accomplishments in the Natural Resource Management Database,

  • Assisting with implementing the Recreation Enhancement Act fee increase project at 93 developed recreation sites

  • Completing compliance monitoring for Recreation Residence permits.



Major studies relevant to this position:

  • Ability to take directions and work independently
  • Ability to work well as a member as a team
  • Ability to hike in uneven terrain
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather (rain, cold, wind, etc.)Familiarity with using binoculars
  • Have a valid U.S. driver’s license


EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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