Welcome to the SWRS

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.



BECOME A FRIEND OF THE SWRS: Show your support by helping the SWRS continue its leading-edge research and educational programs.
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Lodging Available for Birders, Hikers, and all Naturalists interested in exploring the vast diversity of the Chiricahua Mountains! Click here for details on our accommodations.
Job Postings

Seasonal Cook
The Southwestern Research Station has an opening for a full-time, seasonal cook, from 1 March to 31 Oct.  The seasonal cook will be required to cook for groups of people between 15 to 70 cafeteria-style -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The seasonal cook position is 3.5 days each week (11 meals).  Applicants must be able to prepare meat, as well as, vegetarian dishes, develop weekly menus, and supervise volunteers that work in the kitchen.  The position includes on-site housing (with all utilities) and meals. 
Interested persons should call and/or send an application to Dawn S. Wilson, Director: Southwestern Research Station, P.O. Box 16553, Portal, Arizona, 85632 OR email dwilson@amnh.org. Please include in your application your resume with name, address, contact information, previous work experience and the contact information for three references.
Volunteer and Intern Positions:
Twenty to thirty volunteer positions are open each year at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. Volunteers/Interns are needed between March 1 and Nov 1. Appointments are for part of this period, with a minimum appointment of six weeks. For more information and an application click here
Birding and Naturalists Tours:
The Southwestern Research Station located 5 miles from Portal, AZ hosts 7 day tours in Cave Creek Canyon, an area of high bird species diversity. Each trip is limited to 10 persons or 5 couples. click here for more information on accommodations at the SWRS and our recent tour dates. 
Course/Workshop Schedule for 2014:
Animal Behavior in the Chiricahua Mountains; Ants of the Southwest; Field Herpetology of the Southwest; The Bee Course; The Lepidoptera Course; and more...........
Click Here for more information on these courses and other courses offered at the SWRS.