• Construction/Maintenance • Minerals/Geology • Other • Soil/Watershed • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Natural Resources Planning • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Trails Forever is a park wide initiative to engage and sustain a vibrant community of interns in the restoration of trails within the Golden Gate National Parks. With over 80,000 acres of parkland scattered throughout three counties, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a place that is both unique and fascinating, where trails play a vital role in the park visitor experience. Trails Forever Interns help maintain a world-class trail system, with the understanding that active engagement in the parklands leads to a deeper appreciation of their value.
Trails Forever Program Interns work with National Park Service trail crew and Golden Gate Parks Conservancy staff by assisting in the construction and maintenance of park trails in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Description of Duties
Assist park staff with the construction of trail structures, and perform routine maintenance duties such as brushing trails, outsloping tread and clearing drainage structures.
Keep and complete a detailed daily work log of all projects and work accomplished in the field.
Make safety a priority; responsible for use of personal protective gear and insuring that all tools, equipment, vehicles, and other co-workers are working safely.
Follow instructions from park staff, understand and respect all park regulations and policies.
Work with a professional attitude as part of a team.
Attend, develop, and lead weekly safety meetings.
Familiarity and/or desire to learn how to operate tools to perform trail work such as: power drill, rock bar, single jack, shovel, rake, axe, brushing shears, weed trimmers and other trail maintenance tools.
Aspiration to gain experience in trail maintenance and construction, including but not limited to: turnpikes, trail bridges, drainage dips, swales, installation of water bars, retaining walls, removal of brush and vegetation.
Desire to learn natural and cultural history of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the role of trails in protecting these resources.
Desire and ability to work outdoors and willingness to perform strenuous physical activity such as frequent bending, lifting, and carrying heavy objects.
Willingness to work in outdoor settings in inclement or high temperature weather conditions, such as rain, wind, or humidity. Ability to hike up to five miles daily and perform work in sometimes steep, slick, and uneven terrain.
Ability to lift and/or carry tools and construction materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
Gain a working knowledge of trail construction and maintenance with a National Park Service Trail Crew, and represent both our nonprofit partner agency (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy) and the Trails Forever Program.
Opportunity to attend personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park and its partner agencies.
Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.
Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands
Application deadline: Multiple positions open until May 15, 2015.
Desired start date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Length of position: 6-months with possible extension
Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, 4-ten hour days
Must be 21 years or older
Driver’s license required
Transportation will be provided to and from trails shop and housing in Marin on workdays
Weekly out-of-pocket expenses of $150 per week is provided with dorm-style housing OR $275 per week without housing.
Dorm-style housing is provided in the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Dorm style housing with shared common areas including bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Living in facilities with others of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities.