Are you interested in exploring a career in ecological restoration, plant conservation, or natural resources management? Are you excited to connect with nature and do vigorous work in an outdoor setting? Are you interested in working with diverse audiences and sharing your passion for the environment with volunteers and other park visitors?
Over the course of this internship with the Presidio Trust, you will work closely with and be mentored by a Biological Science Technician. You will be introduced to many aspects of habitat restoration, including managing invasive plants, planting native plants, and monitoring rare and endangered species in a unique urban national park. You will also gain valuable experience in developing and running volunteer programs for youth, adults, school groups, corporate groups, and community organizations. Interns also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network, as well as benefit from considerable formal and on the job training.
• Length of Position: 10-12 month commitment
• Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tuesday-Saturday or a Sunday-Thursday schedule with flexibility including occasional holidays and evenings
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
• Acquire knowledge of local plants, animals and restoration practices through active participation in trainings over the course of the internship
• Participate in and lead often repetitive field restoration activities such as:
o Removing invasive plants
o Planting native plants
o Monitoring restoration progress
• Maintain and enter records of work performed into database
• Help with all aspects of managing a volunteer program, including:
o Planning and leading projects for volunteer workdays
o Preparing, setting-up, and cleaning up snacks and refreshments
o Assisting in educating volunteers and visitors about local ecology and park issues
o Maintaining the volunteer database and reporting on volunteer participation
o Maintaining program tools, facilities, and equipment
• Stipend: $300 every two weeks
• Transportation Benefit: $50 monthly parking permits for car owners or $50/month for non-car owners
• Housing: Interns are provided a single occupancy (one person) room in dormitory-style housing in the Presidio with basic accommodations including a furnished private room, shared kitchen and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract, abide by the residential rules and contribute to the maintenance of the household. Interns must reside in the housing provided to be eligible for the internship. We cannot accept non-residential interns.
• Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of ecological restoration through practical hands-on experience.
• Develop leadership and public speaking skills
• Receive training in identifying local plants, including use of a dichotomous key
• Receive training in performing nesting bird surveys in compliance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918
• Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park
• Opportunities to participate in work swaps with interns in other departments and organizations within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Please email your resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and contact information (including full name, title, phone number and email address) for at least two references by email to email@example.com. PDF format is preferred but Microsoft Word versions are acceptable.
• Love of the outdoors and curiosity about ecological restoration
• Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
• Enjoy writing newsletter articles, taking photos and videos
• Ability to work well within a team, as well as independently, with minimal supervision
• Excited to take initiative
• Strong organizational skills
• Basic computer proficiency
• A positive attitude under difficult work conditions
• Must be a US citizen and at least 21 years old;
• Must possess a valid State driver’s license