Equipment used for science field work on a green background. Equipment includes an NPS Ranger shirt, hat, sunglasses, boot, binoculars, radio, field guides and knife.

Cabrillo Field Notes -A Glimpse Into the Life of an Intern at Cabrillo National Monument

By Madison O’barr

Blonde female wearing a National Park Service sweater and hat writing on a clip board. The woman stands on a dirt path that runs into the background. Coastal sage scrub plants line both sides of the trail. On the left the landscape leads up a slight incline at the base of the hillside. The Pacific Ocean is visible in the background with palm trees lining the view.
Intern Madison O’Barr collecting data during terrestrial bird survey.

As an intern at Cabrillo National Monument, I have had a unique opportunity to experience many different parts of what life looks like while working for the National Park Service (NPS). When beginning the position, I was taken on as an interdisciplinary and communications intern. This entailed that I work with the Interpretation and Education Division to tell a story about the resources and history surrounding the Coastal Trail hike. By the end of this process, I partook in extensive fieldwork, assisted rangers with managing the Visitor Center, worked with the Resources Department for park restoration, and designed a guided tour for the NPS mobile app!

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