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Two types of programs are available at the research station:


1. Research Season -- Student interns interested in conducting research:

This program offers students in biological sciences outstanding opportunities to observe and become involved with scientists conducting field research.  Food and lodging are provided to volunteers in exchange for 24 hours per week of routine chores, with the remaining time available for research activities.  If you are conducting your own project, you will  need to submit a research application.  Applications can be found under the Researcher link on the bar above.  


This program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students that are currently registered in or have recently graduated from a degree seeking program in a biological sciences field of study.  The program is open from March through October, however, most research is carried out at the station from mid- May through the end of  August when scientists are using the station.  We encourage you to enter the program during this time period.  We cannot guarantee that you will be able to work with a scientist during the early spring and fall months, unless you have your own research project outlined before you arrive. Time commitments to the program range from 6-8 weeks.


2. Naturalist Season --  Individuals interested volunteering:

This program offers individuals the opportunity to enjoy all the wonders of the Chiricahua Mountains.  Just a few minutes walk from the station are hiking trails, creeks, and birding areas matched no where else in the United States.  Food and lodging are provided to volunteers in exchange for 24 hours per week of routine chores, with the remaining time available for personal activities. 


This program is open from 1 March - 30 June and 1 Sept - 31 October each year.  Very few researchers are at the station this time of year, but the station hosts many birding groups and classes during the spring and fall months.  Time commitments to the program range from 4-8 weeks.  Longer time periods may be arranged.


Download Applications

To download Applications, click on the appropriate link below:


Fill out the application on line (use tab key to move from box to box), save the completed form to your computer, and send it as an attachment via email to swrs@amnh.org Alternatively, you can print the completed application and fax it to 520-558-2018, or mail directly to: 

Attention: Intern/Volunteer Coordinator

Southwestern Research Station

P.O. Box 16553

Portal, AZ  85632 USA

Phone:  520-558-2396


1. Research Season -- Individuals interested in conducting research:


Intern Application

2. Naturalist Season --  Individuals interested in birding, hiking, and other nature adventures:


Volunteer Application