I am writing with some bitter sweet news. I was recently offered an emergency hire biological tech. positionwith NPS at Carlsbad Caverns. I have been volunteering in the park on the cave swallow mist netting/banding program and met some of the park staff, including the seasonal bee surveyor. We share a love of all things insect, so when his co-worker unexpectedly left he brought my name up as a possible replacement. After much debate I have decided that the NPS job is a better opportunity for me. I will be collecting and identifying hymenoptera and the corresponding flowers they are visiting as part of a three part project with NPS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Utah State University. It is hard to find entomology-only jobs and the chance to learn how to identify bees down to genera and even species is going to a valuable skill set. Long story short I am leaving the Carlsbad BLM and CBG intern program early.
In no way is my job transfer a bad reflection on my previous position. The time I spend as wildlife intern has been jammed back with useful information and monitoring techniques. My experience with the Chinuaiuan desert at the BLM was one of the reasons they decided to hire me here at the park service. While sad to leave the BLM, I have always wanted the opportunity to work for the Park Service and catching bees all day is going to be a dream job!!
Thanks again CBG!