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Mission Statement

Vision Statement: The Southwestern Research Station aspires to add to the existing diversity and strengths of the American Museum of Natural History by providing scientists and educators from the Museum and other institutions across the country and around the world the opportunity to participate in research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States. The Station seeks to face the challenges of the future by promoting knowledge and understanding of our ever changing world and by evolving to meet the current needs of individuals and groups that strive to conserve the world’s biodiversity - all through the benefits of an outdoor laboratory that enhances research and education.


The Southwestern Research Staion (SWRS) is a field research station owned and operated by the American Museum of Natural History. The intern/volunteer program at SWRS provides a unique opportunity for those considering careers in the natural sciences field to gain experience by living and working in a community of scientists engaged in field research.

In exchange for 24 hours work each week, interns/volunteers receive free room/board, 3 meals a day, internet access, and laundry facilities. Housing is provided in the form of all-female or all-male dorms. Duties include assisting with food preparation, kitchen cleaning, room and laboratory cleaning, and outdoor cleaning, painting and maintenance.

Research opportunities abound at SWRS; the intern/volunteer is responsible for seeking out those opportunities and pursuing their individual goals in the time available.



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Would you recommend Southwestern Research Station?

by Erinn E. from Portal, AZ (Administrator for this Organization) (2014-12-24 07:53:55.0)
Back in 2011, I was looking for a change. I had just finished up my sophomore year at U of Aizona and was looking to volunteer in the field of science. I had made the trek past SWRS countless times growing up while visiting the Chiricahuas--I will forever remember it for its large, clear swimming pool. Little did I know just how much that summer would affect my future. Not only did I gain a deeper understanding of the current research projects happening in my community that would go on to challenge science once believed, but I also aided in organic material gathering, learned several research techniques both in lab and the field, met a wide variety of people, and parted knowing the footprint I had left while volunteering would help answer some burning questions. Fast forward three years later, I can gladly say that the connections I made while offering my time landed me a full-time job at SWRS where I may continue to meet new people and bask in the research carried out each year.