Field Intern: The Invasive Management, Plant Assessment, and Conservation Team

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 intern will assist in assessing and mapping invasive non-native plants within the sensitive San Diego River riparian habitat. The intern will assist with removing invasive plants. This individual may also engage and lead volunteers at regular community work party events and help support RiverBlitz, a 20 mile survey of the River’s riparian habitat and its tributaries. Description of Duties: Field/Office Work: Performance of field surveys and site assessments within the San Diego River watershed using GPS or other technology. Manage plant site data using web-based mapping software. Photo-document site conditions and volunteer work. Perform quality assurance and ensure quality control in field data collection. Lead, train and supervise volunteer groups of up to 10 in performing field assessments and invasive plant removal work, including hand-pulling, cutting, and hauling. Interns are required to attend an in-person event from a different department once a month. Remote Work: Assist with the development of event support materials such as a plant guide or script for event leaders. Assist with Google Earth site mapping. Time Commitment: 6 - 24 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months, 4 months preferred. Volunteer events (as allowable) will be scheduled on Thursdays and the second Saturday of every month.
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 of the SDRPF and have a passion for the environment. Must have a home computer with access to Microsoft Office, Pages, or Google Drive. Must have reliable transportation to office and field sites. Able to work as part of a team and show leadership qualities, especially with volunteer program participants. Physically fit, able to walk on rough terrain and through dense vegetation, lift 50 lbs. Able to read a map. Clear and concise written and verbal communication. Professional demeanor, positive and friendly personality. Comfortable speaking in front of groups. Knowledge of or eager to learn about native and invasive plants. Experience with Google Earth is a plus.
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Kristofer Gonzalez
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