Restoration and Education Intern-California

Agency
Point Blue Conservation Science
Location
Petaluma, CA
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$850/month plus housing
Start Date
10/15/2018
Last Date to Apply
08/07/2018
Website
http://www.pointblue.org/about-pointblue/jobs-and-internships/internship-opportunities/#strawnbay
Description
Point Blue is seeking four to eight reliable, respectful, and enthusiastic Intern Volunteers who have a strong interest in both restoration and education. Intern Volunteers will work as a team to assist with student-implemented restoration workdays, educate students in and outside of the classroom, and accompany maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites. Restoration work typically includes native plant installation, invasive species removal and/or biotechnical erosion work from October-May. Site maintenance work is integral to the overall program success and includes watering, weeding and other plant establishment activities from May-September. Point Blue headquarters is based in Petaluma, CA; visit us online at www.pointblue.org/straw The main goals of the STRAW intern volunteer program are to: 1. Gain understanding of and experience in community-based restoration and education. 2. Gain a better understanding of personal and professional strengths and interests and how to apply them to future endeavors. Intern Volunteer Roles: This is a full time Monday- Friday (occasional weekends required) field work position spending 4-5 full physically demanding days per week outdoors (all weather conditions). Required travel and overnight stays for up to a week to STRAW field sites throughout South Bay Area and the Sierra Nevada (dependent on project funds). Train, supervise and lead students and adults during restoration and maintenance work days. Teach concepts of restoration and climate change science through inquiry-based learning to K-12 students through in-class and outdoor lessons. Assist staff with workday preparations (site visits, plant pickup, and tool preparation). Learn and apply new communication techniques to create effective collaborations. Set-up, operate and troubleshoot various temporary irrigation systems and utilize Best Management Practices for restoration and weed control. Fulfill the role of an Assistant Field Leader for several restoration sites to track site needs and clearly and concisely record and communicate about site progress. Assist with plant monitoring. Assist with coordination and implementation of STRAW teacher training events. The opportunity to be involved in various education workshops, lessons, and events. Create a final capstone project that celebrates learning throughout the STRAW Intern Volunteer program. Intern Volunteers will learn key concepts and skills in: Best Management Practices in urban and rural community-based, climate-smart restoration. Education theory and practices, specifically inquiry-based learning. Methods of plant and wildlife monitoring. Current trends in California science standards and practices. Effective collaboration and team-building techniques. Educating K-12 students in and out of the classroom. Communication techniques to create effective collaborations. Duration: October 15, 2018 – September 13, 2019
Qualifications
Relevant education or field work experience. Enthusiasm and experience for ecological restoration work. Enthusiasm and experience for teaching K-12 students and other public audiences. Openness to learn and share knowledge and skills. A strong sense of self awareness and the willingness to engage in reflective practice. Strengths in troubleshooting field-based challenges. Ability to work respectfully on private and public property. Ability to thrive in both a team setting and individually/live in shared housing cooperatively. Field leadership skills. Ability to lift and carry 40 pounds and complete strenuous physical tasks. Have a valid driver’s license with at least 5 years of driving experience. Ability and willingness to drive Point Blue owned work trucks, tow trailers, and drive off-road/4WD. May be asked to drive personal vehicle to project and school sites and provide proof of insurance coverage (minimum of $100k per incident, $300 total insurance is required to drive personal car for Point Blue business) Other helpful skills include Spanish language proficiency, California native plant knowledge, and the ability to drive and haul trailers. To Apply: By August 7, 2018, please submit an online application including your resume here: https://goo.gl/CpNS3c If you have difficulties with this form or would like a printed copy of this application, contact Emily Allen (eallen@pointblue.org) or (707) 781-2555 ext. 360.
Contact Person
Emily Allen
Contact Phone
7077812555 x360
Contact eMail
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