Ecological Restoration and Monitoring Intern

The San Diego River Park Foundation
San Diego County
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About the San Diego River Park Foundation Internship Program: Founded in 2001, we are a nonprofit, environmental organization dedicated to the restoration of the San Diego River and creation of the San Diego River Park System. More info at We seek outgoing and hardworking interns, who are passionate about environmental conservation and community building. Internships at the San Diego River Park Foundation are highly collaborative and feature on-the-job learning for students interested in nonprofits and local environmental issues. These positions are unpaid volunteer opportunities. Description of Position: The San Diego River Park Foundation’s system of preserves encompasses over 2,400 acres in the headwaters of the San Diego River. This internship will include work in the areas of riparian and upland habitat, biological monitoring, wildlife research, and land management within this preserve system. Most of the work for this position will be conducted in the field, with some independent work. Description of Duties: Assist with restoration, management, monitoring, and plant propagation activities on our preserves in the headwaters of the San Diego River. This includes hiking to remote sites, carrying tools, working on trails, watering plants, collecting and recording field data, and assisting with minor construction projects. Work with small groups of volunteers. Ensure that safety protocols are followed. Perform data management and photo sorting duties from home. Additional at-home projects may be discussed. Interns are required to attend an in-person event from a different department once a month. Safety Considerations: When in the riverbed in more urban areas, it is very common to come across individuals experiencing homelessness as well as their camps and belongings. SDRPF practices a respectful, non-confrontational approach to interactions with all people, including those experiencing homelessness. This intern should be comfortable working in these areas, although it is not as common in this internship. This intern may be requested to work near volunteers applying herbicide. Time Commitment: 6 - 24 hours per week, 4 months preferred. Mix of at-home and in-person work anticipated. Hours may vary depending on our event schedule.
Interns are REQUIRED to be currently enrolled in school or a similar institution. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must believe in the mission and share the values of the SDRPF and have a passion for the environment. Must have reliable transportation to reach backcountry preserves (~1.5 hrs from central San Diego). Able to work as part of a team and show leadership qualities. Willingness to learn new skills. Good physical condition. Able to walk up to 12 miles on rough terrain and through dense vegetation, lift 50 lbs. Comfort working outdoors in summer weather. Able to read a map. Computer skills and familiarity with web based tools, such as Google Docs and Google Drive. Clear and concise written and verbal communication. Professional demeanor, positive and friendly personality. Undergraduate or graduate coursework in biology, ecology, botany, environmental science or related field preferred. Familiarity with southern California native plants (helpful but not required).
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Kristofer Gonzalez
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