Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) encompasses over 75,000 acres of biologically diverse and fragmented park lands along a complex wildlife / urban interface which supports many federally-listed threatened and endangered species. Established in 1972, the park was created to protect outstanding cultural and natural resources and preserve the area for public use and enjoyment. This position is located within the Division of Natural Resource (NR) Management and Science with the main goal of providing critical natural resources support for managing, monitoring, and synthesizing natural resources data in the GGNRA. The internship works closely with park staff and park partners and is roughly 80% field-based (though some weeks may have more office time) with a focus on wildlife monitoring, data collection, data QA/QC, and volunteer coordination and outreach. The intern will work in a wide variety of habitats and locations ranging from wetlands, coastal scrub, grassland, old-growth redwood and oak/bay laurel woodland, and rocky intertidal shoreline. Survey and monitoring tasks will be defined seasonally and collaboratively with NR Division Staff.
Work Products/Key Deliverables of the Internship:
- Wildlife management – Conducting various wildlife surveys of threatened and endangered and native wildlife including: Western snowy plover, bank swallows, Mission blue butterfly, and California red-legged frog. Assisting in project-related monitoring duties of various wildlife populations and their habitats, including the Marin Headlands coyote monitoring project, a large wildlife camera project, Alcatraz waterbird management, and resource monitoring and protection during special-events. By the end of the internship, the intern should be proficient in the various monitoring techniques utilized, and will be leading some field data collection efforts. Intern will be responsible for writing up a data summary for at least one of the monitoring efforts.
- Data collection – Recording, performing QA/QC, mapping, and updating work collected in databases using MS Access, MS Excel, GPS/GIS; managing equipment and supplies. Intern should become proficient with MS Access database use and ArcGIS computer mapping by the end of the internship.
- Volunteer coordination – Assisting in various outreach efforts with volunteers, planning and leading volunteer events, field safety, and volunteer support.
- NR Program support – Equipment maintenance and cleaning, including disinfecting of shared equipment; coordinating schedules for field work; attending relevant meetings; participating in trainings.
- An interest in natural resource management or relevant field.
- Ability to work well in a team or independently; contributes to achieving wildlife management goals; supports efforts of the team.
- Experience working outdoors, occasionally in inclement weather, able to carry up to 30 lbs.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Fluency with basic computer programs (Microsoft Suite) and experience with data collecting/analyzing using GIS applications.
- Daily driving of Gov’t fleet vehicles with equipment – valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Education and/or experience in biological sciences, particularly in wildlife biology, entomology, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, field technique, environmental studies, or ecology.
- Natural resource management experience
- Some fluency or willingness to learn data collecting and analyzing programs (GIS, GPS, Avenza, Survey123). May be learned on the job.
- Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting natural resources and engage in outreach and education with park visitors and community members.
- Good communication skills.
- CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid training.