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Posted: 06/28/2013

Imperial Valley Desert Museum

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Native American and historic artifacts collected from within the Imperial Valley. We as an institution are interested in changing the paradigm of how museums operate in the 21st century. We have an opportunity for recent graduates who want to be inspired to think outside the box in what that paradigm might look like. Currently, the area does not have a culture of museum or museum visitation, an issue the museum seeks to address. As the IVDM embarks on a developing exhibit in the next 18 months, interns will see from the ground floor how a museum is grown and developed. The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is located in Ocotillo, California, at the very edge of the Sonoran Desert, in Imperial County. The museum is in the border region of California and is 90 miles east of San Diego, California, and 90 miles west of Yuma, Arizona. The small town of Ocotillo is isolated, but is a region of many desert recreational opportunities and lies at the southern boundary of the Anza-Borrego State Park.

Landscape Preservation Internship
Internship Opportunity
Ocotillo, CA
Interns will work 40 hours per week and
Open Until
Until Filled

Summary: The Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo, California, is seeking an outgoing and creative Landscape Preservation intern with an architectural and/or design background interested in landscape design and landscape preservation. This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic entry-level professional with a deep interest in jointly advancing their career goals and helping preserve the cultural history of the area. This program will position interns for a career in landscape architecture, landscape preservation and several other areas.

Position Description: The intern will assist in creating a schematic design of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum's potential growth that will incorporate indigenous desert gardens, interpretive kiosks and an archeology park. The project is the first step in a twenty-year plan to develop a botanical and wildlife garden.


Compensation: Interns will work 40 hours per week and receive a small stipend for food and incidentals. The museum will provide on-site shared housing.

Qualifications:The ideal candidate has experience in architectural landscape, visual aesthetics, and/or landscape preservation. Proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop and SketchUp is necessary. Candidates must be willing to work outdoors and perform physical labor in extreme summer temperatures (80-120 degrees F). Most importantly, candidates should have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career within the scope of this internship.

Required Skills:

  • US Citizen or Green Card holders

  • Valid drivers license, clean driving record

  • Ability to work indoors utilizing various software programs

  • Personal medical insurance

  • Attention to detail

  • Experience in graphic or artistic design

  • Experience in AutoCAD

How to apply
Applicants must submit a resume and brief cover letter to Imperial Valley Desert Museum, PO Box 430, Ocotillo, CA 92259, preferably by attachment to ivdmuseum@gmail.com, with “Landscape Preservation Intern” in the subject line.
Neal Hitch
Phone: 760-358-7016
11 Frontage Road
P.O. Box 430
Ocotillo, CA 92259



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