Our Desert Wildlife Internship Program provides a semester-long part-time paid internship to students (junior and senior in high school through college/university level) and new/early career professionals with less than three years of employment experience.

Desert Wildlife Interns actively contribute to meaningful conservation projects to protect wildlife and open spaces. They are mentored by CSDP staff, both collaboratively and independently completing tasks, and are encouraged to pursue a specific area of interest through a chosen final project.

Our most recent job posting (now closed) for our Spring 2024 internship can be accessed here. We will be advertising for our Fall 2024 Internship in May 2024 so please check back then if you’re interested in applying!

Thank you to the Deupree Family Foundation for funding this internship program.

Former Desert Wildlife Interns

Josh Skattum (Fall 2022)

Josh focused on science communications through social media and planning and organizing the 2022 Tortolita Preserve BioBlitz. 

Please visit our memorial blog post for more information about Josh and the legacy he left at the Coalition.

Andrew Grusenmeyer (Fall 2023)

Andrew led CSDP’s Snapshot USA project for 2023, where we contributed camera monitoring data for a nation-wide wildlife camera trap survey.

Jeremiah Powers (Fall 2023)

Jeremiah focused on helping us implement our new monthly Habitat Restoration Day events on the Oracle Road wildlife crossing structures.

Photo Credits: (L) A hooded oriole on saguaro cactus blooms. Photo courtesy Sheryl Hester. (C) Volunteers with the UA Environmental Law Society place a new wildlife camera in the field in Winter 2022. (R) Sunrise on Redington Pass from the Tucson Mountains. Photo courtesy David Wrench.