The Arizona National Park Service Unit: Applying Advanced Investigative Science to Protecting the Nation’s Natural Treasures

The job requires visits to places where the terrain is steep and rocky, with narrow footpaths used to smuggle people and drugs. Individuals employed here experience the extremes of nature; summer temperatures soar to the triple digits, and winters are cold, icy, and windy. A heavily patrolled international border is a primary area of responsibility for this group. From this description, it may sound like this group could be engaged anywhere in the global war on terror or the international war on drugs. However, this is the patrol area for the National Park Service’s (NPS’s) Southeast Arizona Group (SEAZ Group) at Coronado National Memorial.