Past Internships

2016 YLCC Internships

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

Changing Climate, Changing Policy: Subsistence Use and Wilderness Values in Arctic Alaska

Examine the interface of wilderness management and traditional lifeways of the Arctic.  Results will inform park management on policy matters regarding current and potential effects of climate change and their impacts on resident zone communities.

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Fairbanks, AK

Climate Change Interpretation through Citizen Science

Collect phenological data and establish method for conducting citizen science interpretive programs. Research and deliver interpretive programs on climate change and create training materials for North Rim seasonal staff.

Grand Canyon National Park, North Rim, AZ

Monitoring Soil Moisture and Fuel Loads in the Recharge Zone for Climate Change Effects

The intern will monitor soil moisture and inventory fuel loads in the recharge zone of the thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park to evaluate climate change effects on the infiltration rates and flow paths of the park’s principal resource – water.

Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, AR

Assess Climate Change Vulnerability of Archaeological Resources to Plan for Resilience and Outreach

Working closely with park leaders, natural and cultural resource managers, interpreters, and the Environmental Management System (EMS) team, this internship will synthesize information about the processes of climate change that threaten archaeological resources. Results will enable the development of outreach materials and recommendations for inventory, mitigation, and monitoring.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, AK

Establishing Fisheries Baselines for a Changing Arctic

Establish a biological baseline for Arctic fishes using archaeological collections.  This study will provide resource managers and landowners in northwest Alaska a much-needed comparison for present-day fish populations experiencing the effects of climate change.

Kobuk Valley National Park, Fairbanks, AK

Climate Change Interpretation through Centennial Partnership with the American Solar Challenge

Coordinate education and outreach around the American Solar Challenge Centennial Road Rally July 30-August 6, 2016.  Collaborate with nine different National Park Service units, the regional office planning team, the Innovators Educational Foundation, university solar car teams, and the media.

Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, NE

Develop 4th Grade Climate Change Curriculum in Concert with Climate Change Study

Work closely the leaders of Samoa villages and research scientists from the US Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) to conduct collaborative research and resource management projects to determine the impacts of weed species removal by NPSA. Results will help park staff to design and produce community-based school curriculum to promote the conservation of our indigenous biodiversity.

National Park of American Samoa, Pago Pago, AS

Planning for Adaptation and Resilience of National Park Service Coastal Assets

Help guide the NPS planning program to utilize available climate change vulnerability data and emerging adaptation best practice to support planning and decision making in coastal parks. Be at the forefront of the field of coastal climate change adaptation planning for parks and protected areas and help inform planning for parks nationwide.

National Park Service Washington Office, Washington DC

Interpreting Climate Change in Coal Dependent Communities

Develop a strategy to communicate climate change messages to 5th – 12th grade students within communities surrounding the New River Gorge area, a region traditionally dependent upon the coal industry as a source of jobs. The strategy will be developed using the resources of National Park Service Interpretive and Resource Management staff, college academics, and secondary educators and will be conveyed via social media, existing park education programs, and new curriculum-based programs targeting high school students.

New River Gorge National River, Glen Jean, WV

Integrating Future Hydrologic Models into Transportation Management

Work with an interdisciplinary team of natural resource specialists, roads and trails foremen, and data managers to integrate projections of climate-based, future streamflows into park transportation planning and management. Field test and revise the products of an applied hydrologic research project and train park personnel in their use to ensure adaptive management of transportation systems.

North Cascades National Park, Sedro-Woolley, WA

Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Rare and Endemic Alpine Plants

Delve deeply into the biology and ecology of Olympic National Park’s rarest alpine plants and use the information to help determine their vulnerability to climate change. Results will support the efforts of Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades national parks to anticipate climate change impacts to alpine plant populations and prioritize conservation actions.

Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA

Ecotonal Monitoring of the Marching Mangrove Front

Work closely with the South Florida / Caribbean  Inventory and Monitoring Network  to test procedures for digitizing the present location of the mangrove to freshwater marsh ecotone in Everglades National Park, assist with ground-truthing the digitized lines, and develop QA/QC procedures to estimate the accuracy of the digitized lines. The results will provide a baseline to assess the effects of sea level rise on the expansion of mangroves into freshwater marshes.

South Florida/Caribbean Network, Homestead, FL



Project Title Location
Develop Coastal Vulnerability Information in Order to Improve Resilience to Climate Change Impacts Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area: Boston, MA
Creating a Web-Based Template for Climate Outreach Congaree National Park: Hopkins, SC
Assessing Interannual Snowfall and its Impacts on Vegetation Phenology and Forest Health Using Remote Sensing Crater Lake National Park: Crater Lake, OR
Frozen in Time: Snow Patch Modeling and Human Prehistory in the Central Brooks Range, Alaska Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
The Rehabilitation of a Historic Structure as a Model for Resilient Design Gateway National Recreation Area: Staten Island, NY
Analyzing Precipitation, Spring Flow Variation, and Fuel Loads due to Climate Change in Hot Springs National Park Hot Springs National Park: Hot Springs, AR
Valuation of National Park Service Landscapes for Climate Change Sensitivity and Adaptation Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Porter, IN
Characterizing Ocean Acidification and Vulnerability Risk to Marine Organisms Olympic National Park: Port Angeles, WA
Climate Change Action Toolkit Development Point Reyes National Seashore: Point Reyes Station, CA
Plant Community Shifts and Diversity Changes in Response to Soil Moisture Changes Saguaro National Park: Tucson, AZ
Mapping Climate Change Effects on Archeology Sites with ASMIS Legacy Data WASO CR Archeology Program: Washington, DC
Yellowstone Climate Change Impacts Archaeological Project Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs, WY