Position Title: Natural Resource Management Assistant
Park Unit: Oregon Caves National Monument
Location: Cave Junction, Oregon
Number of positions available: 1
Can this position be fully remote: NO

Duration: 26 Weeks (not flexible)
Start Date: 03/31/2025
Flexible Start Date: YES

Weekly Stipend: $565.00
Relocation Allowance: $400.00

CURRENT NUMBER OF APPLICANTS: Under 75 (This posting will close after receiving 75 complete applications or at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, 16 June, whichever occurs first.)

This position is an interdisciplinary natural resource management internship that involves inventory, monitoring, and processing of various scientific data using tablets, computers and other technology. This position will provide training and experience in all subjects of natural resources including but not limited to wildlife biology, hydrology, botany, and geology. The participant will assist in data management for cave and wildlife resource monitoring, GIS & GPS inventory and mapping, database management, and report writing. The participant must be able to work in an office setting and backcountry setting to traverse varied terrain including slopes, uneven trails, cross-country areas, wet areas, caves and snow-covered areas. The work schedule will vary from day to day with a focus on completing assigned natural resource tasks.

This position will assist a small park staff of employees to meet park natural resource management needs in inventory and monitoring related to biology, hydrology, climate change, geology and geography. The project leader will directly train and mentor the participant, while completing tasks that require an assistant for data and safety protocols. Project leaders will work with interns to develop their career potential. The position will assist the park in completing its yearly integrated natural resource monitoring field work, processing and reporting. Oregon Caves will provide interns with a meaningful, engaging resource management experience in various scientific disciplines.


Deliverables include assisting with the completion of parkwide inventory and monitoring. Deliverables also include assigned data processing of hydrological, biological, geological, and GIS data and collaboration on their respective reports and maps. The intern will be assigned the development of one or more science education programs for the public, will complete an independent project selected by intern, and will update Standard Operating Procedures, Job Hazard Analysis, and other safety materials.


This position is ideally suited for a recent college graduate in the sciences with coursework in GIS. Other levels of education will be considered. Qualifications include the ability to work with a team, lead projects independently, collaborate to solve problems, collect data following protocols, to analyze and translate scientific information, work in a rugged field setting and office setting, and use Microsoft software products. Candidates with experience with GIS / GPS mapping projects, R-analysis, and Sonobat software analysis are preferred.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident (“Green Card holder”). Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. The applicant must be available to participate for 26 Weeks in order to be considered and participate.

This position will be a combination of sedentary office work using computers and field work in rugged conditions. Oregon Caves is a mountain forest setting located at 4000' elevation, with a 3-mile-long cave toured by the public. The park housing, offices and visitor center are clustered together just outside the cave entrance creating a central, social atmosphere. The town of Cave Junction is 20 miles away with two grocery stores, dollar store, health clinic and numerous restaurants and activities. Grants Pass and Medford are large cities located one to 1-1/2 hours away with all amenities and the closest hospital. Redwood National and State Parks and beautiful beaches are within a 2-hour drive from the park. Weather will likely be mild with a mix of sun and rain. Heavy rain and snow are also possible depending on the time of year.


  • Applicant must have a valid driver's license to drive a government vehicle.
  • A personal vehicle is recommended for this position.

Park housing is available and will be provided at no cost to the participant. Park housing will be in a private or shared room, in a shared dorm or house. Park housing supplies full kitchen appliances, furnished living room, dishes, bathroom/shower, laundry, wifi (may be limited), food storage, closet, chest of drawers, and twin bed/mattress. SIP participant will need to bring clothing, personal items, outdoor gear, bedding, and food.

Cave, Bat, Monitoring, Data Management, GIS

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