Join Joshua Tree National Park as a team leader in our community science program! This program monitors Joshua trees, desert perennial plants, and wildflowers. As a volunteer, you will collect data on health, density and distribution of Joshua trees and other desert plants. Volunteers will use measuring poles, compasses, measuring tapes, and other scientific equipment. They will be trained to lead educational groups and teach students how to participate in the project.
With your help, this monitoring study will provide essential data to the park about the health of Joshua trees and other desert plants. These long-term monitoring plots can be revisited over a period of decades and will inform park management decisions for years to come.
Volunteers are expected to work full 8 hour field days in the desert, including several miles of hiking on uneven terrain while carrying equipment. Volunteers are required to work at least 1-2 weekdays per month from 8 am – 4 pm, depending on program needs. No scientific experience is necessary—you will learn on the job.