The Student Conservation Association (SCA) GIS Intern
July 5, 2016 to September 26, 2016
El Malpais & El Morro National Monuments
El Malpais National Monument is in the process of collecting of cave-related data and information and needs more field investigation of these cave resources. The selected SCA intern will have both in-oﬃce and field duties organizing and digitizing existing cave data from a variety of sources(i.e. creating metadata, building geodatabases, etc.), assist in the development of remote sensing procedures to monitor resources, assist in the development of a protocol for field surveys using ArcGIS Collector, and cave mapping. Any new caves found will need to be named - a fun perk for this position. Duties will be split evenly between these indoor and outdoor tasks, or as weather and workloads require. Come explore our caves and lava ﬂows, and help us build our cave management program! Upon successful completion of the GIP internship, the participant is eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Field work will involve navigating rough backcountry roads, hiking on lava ﬂows in remote wilderness, mapping resources using a differential GPS, and mapping lava tube caves.The high desert environment of El Malpais ranges from 7-8,000 feet in elevation.We have over 400 lava tubes that can be up to a mile long and some contain the most southerly perennial ice in North America. Oﬃce work will include using software including ArcGIS 10.3, ENVI, Microsoft Access, Adobe Illustrator.