Welcome to the National Park Service and the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program! I am happy that you are joining us as a Mosaics in Science intern this summer. Your role is critical in fulfilling the National Park Service (NPS) mission and I hope that you will find your work rewarding, challenging, meaningful, and lots of fun!
My name is Limaris “Lima” Soto and I am the NPS Program Manager for the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico and my Master’s degree in Geology from the University of South Florida. I have over 15 years of experience working as a geologist in caves/karst science, but my scientific interests include hydrogeology, geophysics, education and outreach, and youth programs.
In 2013, I became a volunteer and later a Geoscientists-in-the-Parks intern with the Geologic Resources Division working with National Cave and Karst Program, where I oversaw the creation of the Junior Ranger Cave Scientists Program. In 2014, I began assisting with the Geoscientists-in-the-Parks and Mosaics in Science Internship Programs.
The Mosaics Program is funded by the NPS and is managed in partnership with Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and Greening Youth Foundation (GYF). The Program’s objectives are to encourage diverse youth 18-35 years old to pursue studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and science) fields, introduce program participants to science careers in the National Park Service, and increase relevance, diversity, and inclusion in the NPS workplace.
I am excited that you will be joining the NPS team and hope that you have a fun and successful internship with the NPS. We really appreciate your interest in the National Park Service and your assistance protecting and preserving the outstanding natural resources in our national parks. Most of the communication you will receive this summer will be from EFTA/GYF, but I want you to know that I am available anytime to answer any questions you have about the program, the NPS, or science careers. I can be reached at [email protected]. I am really excited to talk with you over the summer and to meet you in person at the career workshop in Washington, D.C. in August!