Solar Astronomy Technician

Website Tonto National Monument

Start Date: May 15th, 2023
End Date: August 4th, 2023
Compensation: $640 paid biweekly. Travel costs to the site and back home are covered by the program. 

Personal vehicle is highly recommended

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Please Apply HERE

Project Description:

Tonto National Monument (TONT) was established to preserve, protect, and interpret prehistoric cliff dwellings, other archeological sites, and the natural resources of the Upper Sonoran Desert ecosystem. In 2019, Tonto National Monument was designated as an International Dark Sky Park. With that designation, the monument now is looking for ways to increase our visitor interactions based around both the daytime and nighttime sky. This intern will develop a daytime program around the sun using the park’s new solar scope and tracking mount. This will include developing a resource binder and operating procedures so that other staff members may give the program even after the LHIP internship is over. Additionally, the intern in this position will write copy for a website page focused on the sky for the park’s website. As this is an interdisciplinary position, the intern will assist park staff in interpretation and resource management. Routine tasks will include staffing the Lower Cliff Dwelling, website and social media assistance, monitoring backcountry archeological sites, and collecting backcountry game camera, air quality, and weather station data.

Intern Qualifications: 

Interns selected for the NPSCF Program should possess:

  • Willingness to work in a desert environment ranging in elevation from 2300’ to 4000’ and 30 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature is a must
  • Skilled in working within a team environment as well as having the ability to work independently
  •  Ability to work in an office environment and use a keyboard, mouse, and other common office equipment
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
  • Strategic thinking ability
  • The ability to self-start/work independently
  • Flexibility/resourcefulness
  • The ability to adapt new skills and ideas to the public sector

Physical/Natural Environment: Park is in southern Indiana in a wooded, rural area. A small grocery store and several conveniences stores are located within 5 miles of park housing. We are 5 miles from Holiday World! There are bigger cities within a 30-minute drive. Several park staff live within 7 minutes of the park. 

29% of the population in Huntingburg, IN (11 miles north of the park) identifies as Hispanic. There is an active community organization called Association of Latino Americans of Southern Indiana (ALASI) in Huntingburg.

Summer is hot and humid!

Work Environment: We are in a wooded area with two miles of pea-gravel hiking trails. We staff a Memorial Visitor Center and a Living Historical Farm. Interns will work in office space inside the Visitor Center, outside within park boundaries, or out in the community. We do normally host more than one intern.

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