North Cascade National Park Service Complex Published: January 4, 2017
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Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades. The intern will work with a Biological Technician and Citizen Scientists to monitor subalpine butterfly populations, plant phenology, and to communicate to visitors about the effects of climate change on butterflies and plants. The Cascades Butterfly Program (CBP) is a volunteer-based program that monitors the distribution and abundance of subalpine butterflies. Butterflies are sensitive indicators of climate change and monitored in many places across the US and Europe. Applicants must be working toward, or already have, an undergraduate science degree preferably in environmental science, ecology, biology, botany, or climate science. The park will provide training in butterfly and plant identification. The intern must be willing to hike in mountainous terrain and work outside in diverse weather conditions.

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