Position available: April 2018 - December 2018
Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) is a National Park Service volunteer stewardship program established in 1988. HRT engages community members to help preserve, restore, and maintain the natural diversity and beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which spans over 80,000 acres of diverse habitats in the San Francisco Bay Area. HRT’s main goal is to control invasive, non-native plants and restore native plant communities in coastal scrub, grassland, wetland, and oak/bay woodland habitats. The internship is primarily field-based and vegetation focused and involves weekly assistance with volunteer restoration workdays located in the Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley, Stinson Beach, and beyond.
Description of Duties:
• Vegetation management - Conducting invasive plant control work in rugged conditions with hand tools, power tools, herbicide, etc.; outplanting native species; assisting in seed collection, monitoring, and strategic planning.
• Volunteer management - Helping plan and lead volunteer workdays; briefing and guiding new volunteers on plant identification, vegetation management techniques, site history, and safety; coordinating volunteer events.
• Data collection - Recording, mapping, and updating work performed in databases and with GPS/GIS; reporting volunteer hours; managing supply inventory.
• Program support - Tool cleaning and maintenance, coordinating schedules and events; attending relevant meetings and trainings regularly.
• Gain volunteer management experience at a popular urban National Park.
• Participate in professional development opportunities through Park Academy Classes and various trainings such as CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, program and field techniques, threatened & endangered species, and more.
• Enjoy and learn about the history, scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.
• Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community.
• Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands and eagerness to work outside in all conditions
• Education and/or experience in biological sciences particularly ecological restoration, environmental studies, plant biology, ecology, or horticulture
• Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
• Ability to work well in a team; pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed while balancing team and individual responsibilities
• Strong organizational skills, initiative and attention to detail
• An active interest in environmental education and community outreach
• Ability to work with adults and children of diverse backgrounds
• Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus)
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Experience working with or leading groups and the desire and ability to supervise, train and inspire others
• Ability to work outdoors in varying climate, on steep slopes and carry up to 30 pounds
• A valid driver’s license and a clean, safe driving record
Housing: Dormitory-style Park housing is provided. The dorm, located near the HRT office in the Marin Headlands, offers basic accommodations of a furnished private room, shared kitchen, bathrooms and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract and are responsible for basic chores.
Terms: 40 hours a week, Sunday through Thursday work schedule, 6 month commitment required. Interns receive $150/week taxable stipend, paid bi-weekly. Preferred start date is early April, 2018.
Contact: Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to email@example.com