Jordan P

April 11th – April 24th (5.1 hours) – This week, I got the chance to come in to the office and get prepared to do some Gila Monster finding! It was actually pretty great, but it requires A LOT of patience. It took at least an hour or so to find this one Gila Monster within this sloped valley. Let’s just say that one or two people were a little agitated trying to find this one. Let’s just say that we were happy when we got the chance to find little Ned (I named the ones that we find). On our way back to the car, we actually saw another Gila Monster that was close to Ned. That one was actually smaller than Ned and actually had a bright red color. As suspected, I named that one Red. Luckily for us, the next gila monster wasn’t that hard to find. Freddy Jr. took at least half of the time that Ned had. After the search, we went to go get some pizza at No Anchovies as a celebration for the amount of effort that we all put towards the saguaro surveys.

If you had this exact internship to do over again, what would you do differently? Oh boy, if I do it all over again, I would have to do something differently, I would want to open up a bit more than I did. I never knew how many people I got the chance to meet and open up to. Not only that, but I love my co-workers. They’re amazing in their own ways, and they each taught me something that I can apply to my everyday life in some way possible.

Many interns use the following words to describe their first few weeks at an internship: confused, overwhelmed, stressed, awkward, scared, unprepared, and insecure. Did you feel any of these emotions when you started your internship? If so, did you still feel that way at the end? Please explain. Well, I think I felt a little stressed because of marching season took the majority of my Saturdays during the first semester. Not only that, but I guess since we started a little later than most people did, that just added to the stress. But alas, I didn’t feel that way now. I felt a little more relaxed, and I got to learn the ropes a bit more. Last semester felt like a jam between my activities and the responsibilities of SEP cramming inside of my brain. This time, I actually had a bit more free time, and I didn’t have a lot of SEP related things shoved at me. It feels nice knowing that I got to pace myself more this time around.

March 28th – April 10th (12.6 hours) – I think I should start planning ahead of time, rather than on the spot. I’ll save that until the end. These past few weeks have been a little hot for my taste…probably because I’m still in the mindset of Seattle. But the hike out to the Tucson Mountain District was pretty HOT. Well, it’s THAT time of year again! The first Saturday was another Saguaro Survey over by the Red Mountains. The only difference was that we got introduced to a new member, and he’s pretty cool, even if he is a little quiet. Other than that, it was a pretty easy plot that we went to. I was going to come back next week to finish up the plot, but I donated blood the day before, and I woke up VERY woozy. Instead, I went to go do some office work for the project I’m working on for Mr. Swann.

List and explain three recommendations/tips for incoming juniors who will be in the internship program next year. OH BOY. WHERE TO BEGIN….First things first: make sure that you manage your time WISELY. Plan things out ahead of time, and pinpoint everything that you’re going to do for the week. This is coming from a member of the Copper Thunder Marching Band who’s Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays were used for most of the first semester. Go in every other Wednesday. That’s all I can say about that. SECONDLY, keep your mentor in check with what you’re going to do for the week. It’s a bit unprofessional (and kind of rude) when you show up willy-nilly and respond to emails late and such. My final tip is this: GET YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE. Trust me, it’s the best decision you’ll ever make and it’s more beneficial than you think. That way you don’t have to feel stressed about hours, or feel guilty when you have to ask a friend/family member when you have to get a ride from school. TRUST ME. I’m speaking from experience.

Based on your internship experience, do you have a stronger sense of self-worth and self esteem? Explain. Oh most definitely. I started off scared, quiet and I always doubted myself. I’ve always been like that for my high school career. I usually let somebody make the decisions when no one else would. I guess you could say that I wasn’t willing to take that extra step to keep things in balance..that is, until I got some experience at Saguaro. I have a little more confidence in myself, and am also starting to speak my mind more often. It’s the little things that boost me up, and when everything is in balance, then I’m at peace.

March 14th – March 27th (2.2 hours) – Unfortunately for me, I only had one day of my Spring Break to work on my project for the Crested Sagauros. I finished at least the layout for the Rincon Mountain District, and all that’s needed to be done is to help finish the pamphlet that Carolyn had started, and publish the flyer that I was also working on. On the other hand, I spent the last 10 days of my Spring Break at Seattle. From there, I did nature hikes, photography, sightseeing, and traveling around the Washington State. From what I can say, I have never seen so much green in my life. The vegetation was breathtaking and it reassured my love for outdoor hiking. Alas, the only downer was that it was always cloudy, and I wasn’t functioning properly without my main source of Vitamin D. I think that officially makes us like Superman, compared to Washington citizens.

Describe a situation where you were frustrated/confused/unsure of what to do. How did you resolve the situation? If you could, would you do anything differently? One of the biggest situations had actually occurred with the Andrada group. We were basically in charge of finishing the plot when our coordinator had to hike back the Andrada Science group. Things were a bit difficult because the rookies were a bit too energetic. Some of the experienced climbers had a super CLOSE call with a boulder, so that rose up my blood pressure. When it came down to collecting flags, there were these two teenagers that were either hyper, or exhausted with staying put for a couple of minutes while the rest of the volunteers were catching up. So one of the solutions that I always go to is check with any of the other staff on what to do. Another intern, Lia, helped me check on the flags and keep the anxious ones a bit more relaxed. There were more experienced staff members that knew what they were doing, so that kept me a little more calm, ensuring that I don’t create a panic.

Describe a situation where you observed or worked with individuals from different demographic groups (male/female, different ages, race, etc.) towards a common goal? What went well? What didn’t go well? Well I think I can compare the group of these younger children along with the high school kids that I and another staff intern lead. They each had their interests towards this. The younger ones loved the outdoors, and were transfixed on what the environment was, and the high schoolers were more into how the damage occurs and what the cactus does to evolve from it. Each had their strengths. The young ones were devoted on how to work the instruments we use to measure the saguaros. There was also some times that I think the high schoolers got a bit excited and wild with each other. One of them disappeared like that one friend of a bachelor party. Then he popped out of nowhere…like Batman…but they worked efficiently and always asked questions of how mutations formed, and what causes certain damages to certain saguaros.

February 29th – March 13th (16.5 hours) – So these past two weeks were a little defining for me in the field. I mean, the days in the office were consisting of working on the project for the park, but the hikes on Saturdays were on some more difficult hiking plots. They were on the slopes that were close to the mountains. Note to self: make sure to get some hiking boots with an ACTUAL grip. The last Saturday consisted of a saguaro survey where I helped out the Andrada Science group with how to measure saguaros and identify any damages. The only thing that I have against that group is that their chemistry teacher got the chance to see a gila monster BEFORE I got to. I was kind of jealous…okay, I was jealous. But, it is what it is. It was also refreshing to see that I got to meet some seniors who actually were interested in what we do, and how we do it. Felt nice. Oh, and yesterday was one of the harder buffelgrass pulls this month. The plot was on a rocky slope of a mountain and boy, was it tough getting those things out of the rocks. They’re the most stubborn, and hardest weeds to pull in that entire plot. I think I fell a couple of times when I was working on creating a thatch pile. I still feel pretty sore on my bum.

What would you do differently in this organization if you were the boss/owner? Why? Hmmm. I don’t think I would change anything for now. Everything is always different every day, and there’s always something that’s always going to be focused on every year. Perhaps the only thing that I would change is lay out what’s going to be focused on for the next few months/year. I feel like there’s sudden changes to people’s schedules on what they’re focused on, and how long they need to focus on their subject. I mean, I don’t know a lot of what’s going on when I’m not in the office, but that’s some things that I overhear when I’m focused on my work.

In the professional world, the people that you meet and get to know are considered your network. They can be helpful both at work and in-between jobs. Describe two networking connections you have established at your internship site (other than your mentor). Who are they and why are they worth knowing? What have you done to make yourself useful to them during your internship? What will you do to stay connected after your internship? Well, I started to open up to my co-workers, so this will be easier than I expected. Two of my networking connections are Carolyn and Nicole. Carolyn was a recent graduate from ASU and is one of the leading people working on the Saguaro surveys this year. Nicole has been here in Arizona for quite some time after she moved from Florida. They’re both worth knowing because not only are they hard workers, but they’re also some of the best, sarcastic, and most open people that I know in the office. I’ve been helping both of them out by making sure the people that I lead on saguaro surveys are doing A-okay and during buffelgrass pulls, I do my part and help pile what we pull out, and check on other people in case they need something. Hopefully, once this is all over, I get the chance to find them on Facebook or use some other social media that I have. To be honest, I get the chance to talk to them on drives, and they told me a bit of what it’s like living by yourself, and what the college life is like. It’s helpful and reassuring since college seems intimidating for me.

February 15th – February 28th (16.2 hours) – This week turned out to be a nice balance between office work and outdoors work. The first two Wednesdays that I went in were a bit of work on my Project that can help benefit both the park and the visitors attending. I’m working on how can we help get more people involved in our park, and one of the ways that one of my “mentors” (the person who’s technically in charge when Mr. Swann isn’t here) thought of was that people love the crested saguaros here. What she has me doing is creating a pamphlet for both districts of mapping out where can you find a crested saguaro, and I’m also working on a flyer for visitors if they see one, they can email the description and where they found the saguaro. It’s a neat idea, and I’m totally on board with it. The outdoors work was another saguaro survey that we did this Saturday. The only difference with this one was that I was assigned to lead a small group to help them with collecting the data! I was surprised on how calm I was, considering I never usually lead things. Note to self: bring an EXTRA water bottle on hot days.

How do different people at your site or involved with your site (i.e., clients/customers, etc.) dress and what deeper conclusions can you draw from this? Does this impact personal interactions? In what ways? Well most of the people that I tend to work with always have these Resource Management T Shirts, and other people, like Kara, Mr. Swann and Emily, tend to wear their official park ranger uniforms. From what I can tell, there is a sense of who to look up to, but there is also a sense of humility within each other. I think that communication, and respect is key with personal interactions. So far, I haven’t felt a sense of uneasiness when park rangers come up to talk to each other. They seem to act like they’re all friends just working with each other.

Which specific skills have you developed at your internship site? How are these skills developing you into a better person and worker? How are the skills transferable? Some of these specific skills that I developed were kind of a mixture between both scientifically, and personally. Scientifically, I can easily identify a bit more of Tucson’s native flora, fauna and what some tools are meant for. Personally, I’ve developed an improvement of a lot of my social skills with my co workers and with strangers. I know how to talk a little more to make new people understand what we’re doing with these surveys that we’re doing. I also know on how to get to know people. It was a little scary for me, personally, but I managed to overcome that once I observed my co workers on previous Saturdays. I feel like I can transfer my personal skills that I gained from my internship to the way I interact with my friends. I feel like I can be a little more open, whereas I was a bit more of that ‘quiet’ friend in the group.

February 1st – February 14th (12.1 hours) – So this week was was a little different for the last couple of weekdays. This week consisted of the saguaro surveys that I’m used to, except for one part: we went to a plot that was full of the tallest saguaros that I have ever seen! Don’t get me wrong, I loved it. The only thing is that it was always brain twisting when you’re trying to count the massive amounts of arms of ONE saguaro. But I overall loved the hike there, and just seeing the sight of a grandfather saguaro. We hiked through a forest-like path in the middle of the desert. It literally felt like I was walking through some dark, medieval forest caught in a swamp during the winter. On top of that, I got the chance to see my first grandfather saguaro. It felt very spiritual and massive for me. It actually made me felt at peace. All of that was last week. THIS week, however, I did another buffelgrass pull. The great thing was that there were so many volunteers that we got done an hour early. Woo! Oh, and the last couple of Wednesdays, I checked my wildlife camera and got a variety of some of the park’s animals. I overall loved, if it weren’t for some of the cat claws that got caught in my arms.

Describe a situation where you witnessed either informal or formal mentoring taking place within the organization? Who was helping who? How did the person being mentored respond? I feel like there was a moment where this other intern named Jordan (she’s female) gave a crash course of what the tools were and how we’re going to be using them. She took it slow and made sure that the volunteers were working on. It was very informal but made it seem like it was formal in my eyes. I took a bit from that, and applied it to some different type of mentoring, and I made sure people were understanding what was being done, and if they needed any help during the survey.

What recommendations would you give to other students doing an internship at this location? Be prepared for anything. I would always carry a little notebook to jot down the things that you experienced. WEAR LONG SLEEVE PANTS; the Sonoran Desert hurts. Most of all: stay relaxed and talk to people. Understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, open up to some things, and just be friendly. Be open to other suggestions and you’ll be fine. This is one of the best places to intern, and you’ll get an experience with some of the most charismatic people ever.

January 18th – January 31 ( 28 hours) -I’ve been meaning to add some of the hours that I was allowed to receive during the break. During the break (before I left for California), I came in and worked more on the Maps Project that I started last October. Luckily for me, that Project ended earlier this month! That felt good for the first week of a new year. On one Saturday, I volunteered for another buffelgrass pull early this month, and it was the more harder pulls for me. The only reason that was is because it was terrain filled with a vast ocean of native plants in the ‘creek’, or ‘wash’, where we were pulling. What made it EASIER was that there were students from Longwood University (I believe that was from Virginia) who got to Tucson for one of their ‘alternative’ Spring Breaks. This week was spectacularly different. On one hand, I got the chance to finally go on a saguaro survey at the West District of the National Park. Not only was it beautiful, but it definitely was a different terrain than what I’m used to all of the time. Plus I got to see a couple of new and familiar faces. I know that Violeta and Lea are still participating in the saguaro surveys, but I got the chance to meet some new college interns, like Lorna, Jordan (Oh joy, another person named Jordan), and Casey. So it was nice to see a change of scenery with my fellow interns. On top of that, we also did a saguaro survey the next Saturday, but we got a little help from a group of middle schoolers who loves science as just as we do. I’m not going to lie, but I was a bit nervous meeting a couple of kids younger than me, but that changed after I got the chance to work with them. It was actually nice, and we found a baby saguaro on our survey!

Describe a difficult situation where you demonstrated poise, patience, or adaptability to an unusual or uncomfortable situation at your internship. One of the unusual/uncomfortable situations that I had to deal with was working hand to hand with one of the middle schoolers that I, and a couple of others, were assigned to. It felt so different talking to Nic, than it was talking to the other interns. Probably because he didn’t have to deal with college tuition and life situations like myself, and the others. But after he started to mention things like superheroes, and Disney movie characters, and James Bond, then I started to open up more with him… (…I’m in love with all of those things that he mentioned).

Have you had the opportunity to engage in any critical, meaningful decisions at your internship? If so, explain. If not, explain. Actually, I didn’t get the chance to MAKE an important decision, but I WITNESSED one. Early on this Thursday, I met with my mentor to discuss about some of the things that were required for the Project Proposal, but we got ‘sidetracked’ with a decision relating to a mountain lion sighting! It didn’t sound at all serious, because the mountain lion wasn’t acting territorial at all. So two visitors were up hiking when they noticed that a mountain lion was standing at around 50 ft away! Keep in mind that they weren’t scared, and neither was the lion. It just lied down and kept a watchful eye on the visitors before moving on 10 minutes later. Now what my mentor, and a couple of other experienced people suggested was that it wasn’t a huge problem, but they wanted to make sure that one or two people from the ‘group’ (that’s what my mentor calls the employees) to hike up the following morning to make sure that the mountain lion doesn’t reside at the site. Keep in mind that this was a serious topic, but it wasn’t serious enough to put out a park alert.

How would you describe the culture within your organization (ways in which co-workers interact or don’t interact) and how does this fit with your “ideal” employer? The way my co-workers interact with each other is something I never thought would be in an environment like this. Most of the employees tend to keep it very serious at times, but they also feel very relaxed about it. On top of that, they often have a lot of fun with each other. One time, I was supposed to meet with Don on a Wednesday, and nobody was in the office. They were all outside playing hackey sack, which felt a bit more calming for me. I was always afraid that jobs were always serious and to yourself at times. And it was the same environment with my mentor in the room. It was a bit more formal, but there was a sense of calmness between each other. That relieves me because when I think of the “ideal” employer, I would think of somebody who is expecting the best out of every employee, but can feel very relaxed and can cooperate with each other on a level.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing that your organization does? Why? In my opinion, the most important thing that I believe Saguaro National Park does is get a variety of people involved with the park. I realized this when I started seeing the age difference between the volunteers in saguaro surveys and the buffelgrass pulls. It’s always something that I’ve noticed. I think the overall goal to have people appreciate what we have in the Sonoran Desert, and that they could teach their future kin the importance, and experience for generations to come.

November 23 – November 29th (1 hour) –

This log is for the logs that I have missed from the beginning of the first few weeks. Unfortunately I was told that we were going to have to start for the beginning of September.

If you wanted to follow in the career path of someone at your internship site, what would you need to do to make this happen? Please include their official title, daily duties, and school/ prior work experience. (Tip – ask the person for advice and use this in your response.)

Say, for example, that I would want to work with the Resource Management, I would have to first obtain a bachelor’s Degree in Biology or Natural Resources. The daily duties would vary, depending on each day. It’s always going to be something different for a Resource Management employee. One day could be office data inputs. The other: hiking to a secluded area to document water sources for a specific animal species.

Describe the physical make-up of your internship site (aesthetics, layout, decorations, furniture, cubicles/doors/windows, etc.) How does the physical space impact the day-to-day operation?

The make-up of the offices that I work around with are very heavy on science related topics, and it also has some touches that are varied by each employee. Nick, one of the college interns at Saguaro, has a wild space for toys to help relax himself (I never see him much to ask him. He’s usually doing field work when I come and do the Maps Project.). More like 3D wooden puzzle blocks. The walls in the hallways are covered with maps of the surrounding mountains, forests, the desert, and etc. My mentor’s is a blend between most of the work that he’s done as park ranger and is also covered with family pictures. Something that feels comforting while around his surrounding work. The physical space has this form of comfort around the office. The majority of the interns work out in the field, but feels very relaxed, almost as if you’re in a private library. Except that the private library has its own kitchen and more windows.

In light of your internship experience, how have your personal goals evolved? Describe goals that remain the same as well as some goals that have changed.

I’d say that it has. I originally believed that it would just be ‘know the differences between plant species’. It’s more of UNDERSTAND these plant species; LEARN from these plant species. What makes them thrive? What makes them suffer? My experience with this site has taken my original goals of just know as many plants/animals as I can know to take my questions and continue to branch out BASED on those questions. Some of my questions expand into more elaborate questions, rather than simple answers, but that’s how science is: an overabundance of the greatest questions that anyone could ever think of. But one of my goals are still a bit straightforward: to make a few new friends. I’m not the most extroverted person on the planet, but I’m trying to get out of my ‘turtle shell’. Luckily, it’s been going well, as I met three new people.

What have you done that you didn’t ever think you would be able to do? How did the experience come about? Did your mentor push you or did you request the experience? How has this experience affected your overall confidence at your internship and your relationship with your mentor?

Well as a child, I always wanted to do one thing: Explore new things. Now I thought, at that time, it just meant to go to new and uncharted places, and become the next biggest explorer. What can I say, there was a miniature adventurer inside of me. Unfortunately, that dream was put to sleep as time went on as I grew to an adolescent. After I was accepted, that dream took on another form, but was still there. One of the main things that I wanted to request was to help out with anything out in the field. I still haven’t had the time to ask my mentor about it, but my experience here at Saguaro has built my overall confidence, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to ask about that soon.

In what ways have you been able to apply what you have learned in your academic coursework (classes) to your internship? Describe a situation in which you applied academic knowledge to your duties at your internship site.

On a Saguaro Survey that I attended, we had a method that was to calculate the height of the taller saguaros in the area of which we analyzed. The task was simple: take a measuring tape, and walk from the base of the tall saguaro to approximately 10 metres. Then, use one of the ‘smart’ measuring device with your eye and determine the height by slowly looking up to the tip of the saguaro. It relates a lot to a geometric formula that was retaught to me in my precalculus class. The concept is basically the same. The only difference is that I had to understand the mindset of actually executing the task, and I actually had a partner to compare the answers that we each got. Same principles of the equation, different steps to the answer.

In today’s global economy, learning new skills over the course of your career is essential. Observe the professionals around you. What are they doing to learn new skills? What characteristics and attitudes help make them successful professionals?

Some of the professionals that I work around are very charismatic, and they’re friendly around each other. Each of them learn from each other, ask for help when it’s out of their field of expertise, and they all seem like they are willing to help each other out. Most of their characteristics/attitudes are very patient with each other, and they are always willing to lighten up one’s mood when someone is feeling a little down. Overall, it’s a friendly, relaxed mindset with basic skillsets when employed at Saguaro.

Write a summary of your performance from your supervisor’s point of view (third person). What would he/she say were your strengths and weaknesses?

It seems as though Jordan is getting the hang of things around here. A bit quiet, and tentative, but he gets the job done. Unfortunately he seems a bit unsure with what he does for some certain things. Perhaps, maybe come in every other time to check up and review what’s going on, perhaps check on work. Overall, he understands the majority of what’s going on, he just needs some help with checkups.

November 9th – November 22nd (4 hours) –

This week was a bit different than all of the others. Last Sunday’s activity was to do an evasive plant event. It’s where we pull out foreign evasive plant species that will out compete our own natural plants. Of the evasive plants, the biggest one that we tackled was the buffelgrass. That’s the main plant species that’s been ruining the desert. It spreads like a vast wildfire and burns easily and violently. They’re the plants that mainly take up the savannas in areas like Africa and India. They were actually planted here for cattle in the early 20th Century. Unfortunately that time is past, and now Arizona’s natural wildlife is suffering from this foreign species.

Are you still considering a career in this field? Why or why not?

Honestly, I think I actually am considering in joining this specific type of field. I love the idea of exploring territories, hiking, and collecting data that could benefit future generations to come. I never knew how much of an outdoors person I actually was. It’s actually eye-opening of how much I don’t know about myself. But the only problem is that I still want to get into the world of archaeology. I really want to understand the past of human life. So it’s kind of a torn page between this career and something for archaeology.

Describe changes in your perception of your internship site during this experience. What original assumptions have been challenged? In what ways has your understanding deepened?

I originally expected a bit more of paperwork duty. That was my original thought. Luckily it’s not that. It definitely requires an endurance for hikes and a mental knowledge of the basics to understand what of the many things are being done here.

Describe a new job or career you’ve discovered while at your internship? What is the job and what are your thoughts about it?

Well for one, there’s this one that’s called Resource Management. It’s what most of the college graduate interns are. I believe Nick, Kim, Tony and Emily are part of the Resource Management. Resource Management is kind of what I, along with the other interns, do. The only difference is that it’s more hands on in the field, and you come in more than most of the other volunteers. Plus, there’s more privileges that are given, such as organizing and leading surveys, and even taking government issued cars for those surveys. But with great privileges comes with great responsibilities.

October 19th – November 8th (21.5 hours) –

For the last two weeks, there were a lot of days that included office work. In a manner of speaking, what I’m doing is a form of office work. My mentor had recently discovered a box of old maps of Saguaro National Park, and it usually consists of plan developments for Saguaro, The maps range from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Other than that, on October 21, I got the chance to actually set up a wildlife camera, and the photos that were captured were amazing. Trying to rediscover its location after a week: not amazing as expected.

Describe a task or set of tasks you are discovering that you enjoy or excel at completing. Why?

Some of the tasks that I find myself enjoying are the hiking segments of anything. I find it quite more liberating when I go outside and enjoy the scenery of outdoors. I think anything that pertains to an outside activity seems to catch my eye more than anything. I absolutely enjoyed the cool, cloudy hike that I went on before we set up our wildlife camera.

How many individuals do you work with either directly or indirectly at your internship site? How do you believe the size of the organization relates to their ability to succeed?

It really depends on what my mentor has planned for me. On Halloween, I worked with one other person, and that was for relocating and analyzing the terrain of where the wildlife camera was set. Then again, he had me work mostly on the Maps Project that I was introduced a couple of weeks ago. On other days, such as official saguaro surveys, I worked with about 8-10 other people directly and indirectly. Both have their benefits, while both have their Achilles’ heel.

September 21st – October 4th (8.1 hours)-

For the past range of the weeks, I mostly was scheduled for Saturdays, during the mornings, at Saguaro National Park. The first week, I and my fellow college interns took a training class in CPR, and basic AED handling. It was very informational, and very eye-opening for me. The next Saturday, my mentor took us on a hike to a certain district in the park to analyze and conduct data of the following saguaros that were there. It was practice for handling the tools, and understand exactly what we’re going to be doing for the next year.

1. Is your personality a fit for this organization? Why or Why not? Do you notice particular personality types working in this industry? It’s a little difficult to fully elaborate on that question because I only started for basic training. And the fact that my mentor wanted to put it off until this fall. On the other hand, my personality is a bit on the shy, but helpful kind of spirit. It seems fit because the helpful kind is mainly required for a job LIKE a park ranger/scientist here at Saguaro. The other personalities that I’ve been able to notice were a nice blend of funny and knowledgeable types. Those are, somewhat, comforting when going out on the field and hiking into uncharted territory. It gives a sense of relief and ease working here.

2.How structured/guided is your time? How effective/ineffective does that make you? If necessary, what could you do differently to improve the situation? It’s basic structured, but they’re a little short. It’s straightforward, and it goes with ease. What I really do enjoy is how much I, and my other fellow interns, can accomplish in such a small amount of hours. Last Saturday, we discussed what were the appropriate things to do in a situation when somebody is on the verge of death. We also knew the proper instructions on how to operate an AED. Unfortunately, this is still a scary concept to grasp. But, they are a little short on time. It makes it feel both effective on my gaining of knowledge of this particular field, but ineffective to go into fuller detail. I think once school begins again, I can be able to come in during Wednesdays, because I get out around 1:00 in the afternoons.

July 24th – August 9th (0 hours) –

12) So far, what skills have you had to refine or develop in order to perform your internship well (e.g. interpersonal, communication, negotiation, writing skills, computer skills, etc.)?
Some of the skills that need to be refined are very few, but are essential for working at Saguaro National Park. These skills include things such as strong endurance for many of the hikes that will be done once September comes around. Another of the few include basic knowledge skills, such as cooperating with others, communicating with radios, and just basic computer skills. Mostly, it relies on Nature and Endurance skills, and not so much on basic computer skills. That’s due to the fact that most of the work is being done out in the field. However, there has to be a completion of basic training to learn the ropes. That comes into play with the research that shall be accompanied with interning at the National Park.

13) Have you had the opportunity to use equipment and technology at your internship site? If so, please describe the technology and how you have utilized it.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get the opportunity to use the equipment until the beginning of September. However, there were some mentions of a few of the equipment that will be used often. Take the radio; that will be used very often for check-ins. Just to make sure that everyone out in the field is safe and are not wandering off into a different sector. Another of the equipment that will be used is the computer; but mostly for plotting graphs, inputting data and etc. Chances of getting a personal account at Saguaro are slim, due to government regulations and massive amounts of field work. Only time will tell what other equipment will be used once basic training is underway.