Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (KLGO) was created to commemorate the gold rush that transformed the demographics, culture, and environment of Alaska and the Yukon. The park preserves the physical and biological processes and associated unique flora and fauna of the Northern Lynn Canal, where subarctic, alpine, coastal, and boreal ecosystems converge within the Taiya and Skagway river valleys. Many of these landscapes were significantly altered during the gold rush over 100 years ago and have naturally restored to their present condition. However, new stressors from human development, invasive species and contaminants are changing the landscape and may threaten the stability of these ecosystems. We are continuing long-term monitoring and embarking on baseline data collection in a multitude of disciplines to better understand these stressors.
As part of this internship, the successful candidate will play a key role in collecting a wide-range of biological data that contribute to a natural resource monitoring program overseen Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park staff.