The San Francisco Bay Area is a globally recognized biodiversity hotspot. Reflecting this diversity, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, some found nowhere else in the world. This internship will be focused on monitoring of rare plant species and management of their habitats. The intern will work with National Park Service staff and volunteers to implement monitoring protocols and conduct management activities to restore and enhance rare species habitat. Activities may include removal of invasive plants, installation of site protections, revegetation using native plants, and the use of technology to track all work. The internship is mostly field-based and includes organizing and co-leading volunteer restoration workdays located at Fort Funston, Lobos Valley, Baker Beach, Presidio Bluffs, Fort Point Bluffs, and Crissy Field.
Work Products/Key Deliverables of the Internship:
- Rare plant monitoring – Assisting park staff with mapping rare plant populations, assessing population size, and managing all associated field data.
- Vegetation management - Conducting invasive plant control work in rugged conditions with hand tools, power tools, and herbicide if qualified, etc.; planting native species and assisting in seed collection.
- Volunteer management – Concurrent with staff mentoring- Helping to plan and lead volunteer workdays. This includes greeting and directing new volunteers on plant identification, field safety, vegetation management techniques, site history, and safety protocols.
- Program support - Tool cleaning and maintenance; coordinating schedules and events; attending relevant meetings and trainings regularly.
- Data entry – Entering data associated with rare plant monitoring, invasive species removal, and volunteer participation into park databases.
- An active interest in plants, natural resource management, and community engagement.
- Experience working outdoors in varying climates, on steep slopes, and ability to carry up to 30 pounds.
- Ability to work well in a team while balancing individual responsibilities.
- Experience working with or leading groups and the ability to supervise, train and inspire others.
- Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus)
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands.
- Education and/or experience in biological sciences, particularly ecological restoration, environmental science, environmental studies, natural resource management, plant biology, ecology, or horticulture.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision and self-motivated to complete tasks on time.