Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP) Citizen Scientist

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

Position Overview

The Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP) is a national program to collect milkweed,

nectar plant, and monarch use data from a variety of land-use types and regions. This

information is vital to shaping our understanding of how monarchs interact with their

environment, documenting conservation efforts, and tracking the population and its habitat as

they change over time. Indiana Dunes National Park has a monarch monitoring site set up at the

Paul H. Douglas Center for Education. Citizen scientists monitor this site and submit the data to

the national IMMP program.


Minimum Commitment

Work is typically completed June-September on a weekly/biweekly basis, depending on

volunteer availability.


Goal / Outcome of Job


Shaping our understanding of how monarchs interact with their environment, documenting

conservation efforts, and tracking the population and its habitat as they change over time.


Description of Duties


• Hike to monarch monitoring site and walk throughout site (2-3 miles total per visit) on

designated days/times with at least one additional volunteer

• Count adult monarch butterflies and record their activity

• Collect data on butterfly larvae and note the larval stage

• Count milkweed plants

• Occasional data entry based on observations

• Submit data to Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program (IMMP)

• Collect data on monarch butterflies, larvae, and milkweed and submit to IMMP program

• Prior knowledge of monarch butterflies, larvae, and milkweed OR training required



Knowledge/ Skills Desired

• Knowledge of monarch butterflies, larvae, and milkweed/ a willingness to learn

• Ability to read simple hand-held instruments and/or a willingness to learn

• The ability to work with a diverse community of volunteers and park staff

• Knowledge and understanding of the National Park Service mission and goals

• Understand and respect all park regulations and policies

• Ability to walk 2-3 miles and be on one’s feet for 2-3 hours, potentially in hot weather

• Desire and ability to work outdoors.

• Ability to work in hot and occasionally inclement weather

• Ability to work in diverse terrain and footing

• Ability to handle some strenuous physical activity

Start Date - 2024-06-01

End Date - 2024-09-30

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Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

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The U.S. National Park Service, www.nps.gov, cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. We care for more than 400 national parks and help communities preserve their historic places and open spaces.

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Arts & Culture
Environment
Sports & Recreation
Arts & Culture, Environment, Sports & Recreation

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WHERE

1215 IN-49Porter, IN 46304

(41.63375,-87.05437)
 

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