SPAWN is seeking reliable and independent interns with a passion for environmental restoration to join our team. Under supervision from the Director of Watershed Conservation, the Habitat Restoration Intern will assist with planning, implementation, monitoring, and maintenance of habitat restoration projects in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. This watershed is home to the largest remaining wild run of endangered coho salmon in Central California.
Habitat Restoration Interns will be responsible for assisting with native plant propagation and out-plating, irrigation and watering, restoration site preparation, data collection and entry, and design and out-planting of riparian restoration projects. The intern will also help with leading weekly volunteer workdays in the nursery and field, guiding volunteers in carrying out these projects. Additionally, the Habitat Restoration Intern will support education programs related to environmental restoration, as well as volunteer recruitment and outreach.
This position is ideal for those looking to gain hands-on experience in native plant propagation, watershed conservation, and environmental restoration. Your work (40 hours/week) is compensated through accommodation in shared housing just five miles from our office, under the incredible coast redwoods. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer at the local food bank in exchange for weekly groceries.
This is a full-time position Monday-Friday (Saturdays occasionally required). Work will be primarily outdoors (all weather conditions) and may be around poison oak and ticks
- Restoration of riparian habitat through planting native species, invasive species removal, watering, and site maintenance
- Design and implementation of restoration projects
- Native plant propagation, transplanting, pruning, and out-plating
- Providing training and guidance for volunteers related to field restoration work and nursery operations
- Assist with running field trips for local schools
- Campaign development and support
- Fundraising and community development
- Data entry and database management: collect data on plant growth and survival at restoration sites and restoration site monitoring
Fieldwork experience or education in a relevant field
Interest in watershed ecology, fisheries biology, botany, and ecological restoration
Experience in vegetation monitoring
Experience in volunteer management
Experience in native (and exotic) plant identification and biology
Ability to work outside in varying terrain and weather
Ability to lift up to 50lbs.
Experience with power tools a plus
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently and organize oneself
Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently
Ability to project a positive image with the community
Creative thinker and interest in helping to improve and develop new methods and ideas for restoration programs