Available Internships

2017 YLCC Internships: The application window for 2017 is now closed. Our review teams will be reviewing the several hundred applications during the month of February. We hope to have all interviews conducted and interns selected by mid-March.

PROJECT TITLE AND SUMMARY (click on title to see full project description) LOCATION

What’s Blooming in the Cold Air Pool?

Expand your knowledge of climate change impacts in the mountains, focused on cold air pooling and how it influences plant phenology. Work with monument staff, citizen scientists and climatologists to develop climate change adaptation strategies based on this study to protect this ecologically rich area.

Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Changes in Roseate Spoonbill Colony Distribution

Create a time series of GIS layers showing changes in Roseate Spoonbill nesting colony distribution over time compared to sea levels in Florida Bay, and provide outreach on birds, birding, and climate change to park visitors and at community outreach events on weekends.

Everglades National Park, Homestead, Florida

Climate Change Science Communication in the Northeast

Lead a multi-park effort to share the science of coastal national parks through digital media. Work with park staff and scientists to communicate post-Hurricane Sandy research and monitoring outcomes to help staff and visitors better understand the impacts of climate change on coastal national parks.

Fire Island National Seashore, Patchogue, New York

Identification, Inventory, and Characterization of Vernal Pools to Assess Vulnerability to Climate Change

Identify vernal pools in the Great Lakes region and assess their vulnerability to climate change.  Research assessment methods, conduct field work, and compile and integrate data from various sources.

Great Lakes Research and Education Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter, Indiana

Climate change Impacts at Navajo National Monument: Preserving Cliff Dwellings in the Face of Arroyo Incising and Expansion

Characterize the current state of incising affecting monument archeological sites to aid resource management decision making. Collaborate with NPS staff and partners to identify causes of down-cutting in canyons impacting some of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in the Southwest US and assist in the development of possible erosion control treatments.

Navajo National Monument, Shonto, Arizona

Establishing Long-Term Monitoring Project for Pikas in Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit and observe locations of American pika habitat in Rocky Mountain National Park to determine occupancy and characteristics of habitat sites. Create volunteer guidance documents to provide for continued surveillance by volunteers in future years.

Washington Office, Natural Resource Stewardship & Science, Biological Resources, Fort Collins, Colorado

Vanishing Ice. Understanding the Rate and Extent of Glacier Loss in the Olympic Mountains

Analyze aerial images and LiDAR returns of the Olympic Mountains to determine recent changes in the size and thickness of glaciers in Olympic National Park. Combine this data with mass balance measurements to correlate annual climate and glacier contributions to downstream aquatic ecosystems.

Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, Washington

Establishing Climate Change Monitoring on Cultural landscapes and Historic Structures

Develop a system to measure climate change threats to the preservation of America’s early history and engage citizen scientists to monitor changes to our most fragile historic landscapes.

Salem Maritime & Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, Salem & Saugus, Massachusetts

Develop Models for Community-Based Dialogues about Climate Change in Los Angeles

Engage with community partners and residents of Los Angeles on the effects of a changing climate in their own backyards as well as their closest national park. Foster relationships and enable future park visitors to understand the implications of a changing climate to our national parks and to our neighborhoods.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Thousand Oaks, California

Reef Temperature Wrangler for South Florida National Parks

Analyze, interpret and report on a large data set of water temperature collected at resource depth over the recent past (~20yrs). Using Access and R program languages correlate temperature reading between sites, fill data gaps, and report on trends at both a local and regional level.

South Florida Caribbean Network, Miami, Florida

Shenandoah Salamander: Climate Change Casualty or Survivor? Teacher Workshop

Produce a new curriculum-based lesson on climate change for the “Exploring Earth Science in Shenandoah National Park” curriculum guide and plan and implement a two-day instructional workshop for 25 middle and high school earth science educators.

Shenandoah National Park, Luray, Virginia



Check out previous years’ internships.