• Computers • Office/Clerical • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, encompasses 12,000 acres of open space, extending from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. The area, renowned for its geological features, also provides habitat for diverse plants and animals including several endangered species. The park contains significant cultural resources such as the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Description of Duties:
Assist in operation of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center
Research and deliver interpretive programs
Issue campground reservations and backcountry permits
Help patrol the 70-mile trail system
Help manage the Point Bonita Lighthouse docent program
Schedule docents for Point Bonita Lighthouse open houses and special tours
Monitor docent led activities
Help plan and implement special events
Enjoy working with the public
Interest in the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area
Ability to work out of doors in sometimes adverse weather conditions
Must hold a valid driver's license
Basic computer skills are helpful.
Training and experience in the field of interpretation
Training in National Park Service policies and mission
Opportunity to work with visitors from around the world.
Time Commitment: This is a full time (40 hour/week) position. Intern schedules generally include weekends and occasional evening shifts. Out-of-pocket expenses and housing may be available. EXPECTED STARTING DATE: June 1, 2015 through Sept 30, 2015.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing available
• Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), encompasses 12,000 acres of open space, extending from the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. Renowned for its geological features, the Marin Headlands also provides habitat for diverse plants and animals including several endangered species, and contains significant other cultural resources such as the former Nike Missile Site SF-88, the remains of more than two dozen former military gun emplacements and associated structures such as Battery Townsley, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Activities of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center Volunteer are classified as primarily “interpretive” – public orientation and resource education. The Visitor Center Volunteer is part of the Marin Headlands volunteer and internship program, administered by the National Park Service, GGNRA, at the Marin Headlands. The volunteer is required to wear the approved National Park Service volunteer uniform.
Description of Duties
The Visitor Center Volunteer staffs the Marin Headlands Visitor Center and maintains its day-to-day operations. The volunteer will maintain the visitor center in a clean, neat, and organized state. The volunteer will maintain and accurately and effectively share with the public their knowledge of general park procedures, regulations and policies, Marin Headlands site locations, campground policies and current events. The volunteer will be expected to answer the phones and greet walk-in visitors in a friendly and courteous manner, and to operate a park communications radio. Campground and program reservations and permits will be recorded thoroughly and accurately. The volunteer will also maintain and stock brochures and maps, the hot beverage area, and will assist with project work on occasion.
Be well informed on park resources
Know how to operate base station and other portable radios
Issue camping permits
Answer phone calls and walk-in visitors’ questions courteously
Perform general house keeping in the Visitor Center
Maintain and clean exhibits
Be on time and in proper uniform
Keep track of visitation and phone call numbers
Record name and hours worked on daily Visitor Center Services Form
Volunteers receive training in National Park Service mission, policies, and visitor center operations. Volunteers can receive training in CPR, First Aid, Interpretation, and gain experience communicating with people (both public and staff) of diverse cultures and interests.
The main goal of the volunteer is to provide cultural and natural site resource information to the public in a courteous manner. This in turn increases public awareness of the resources, and fosters a public sense of stewardship in preserving the resources for present and future generations.
Knowledge / Skills Desired
Enjoy working with the public
Excellent oral communication skills in person and on the phone
Able to prioritize demands and handle visitor requests in an efficient manner
Knowledge of Bay Area locations and attractions helpful, as well as park resources such as flora, fauna, geology, lighthouses, and military history
• Botany • Conservation Education • Historical Preservation • Pest/Disease Control • Office/Clerical • Other • Soil/Watershed • Visitor Information • Fish/Wildlife • Science • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Activities: Tour Guide/Interpretation, Visitor information, Visitor safety, General Assistance, Botany, Conservation/Environmental Education, Science, History, Soil/watershed, Historical Preservation, Other
Situated 11 miles North of San Francisco in Mill Valley, California is tucked a very impressive old growth stand of trees. Muir Woods National Monument is a major destination for locals and tourist alike. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that spans over 85,000 acres of land in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo countries. Muir Woods and the surrounding area had a rich natural, cultural, and historical story. Intern would assist ranger staff by providing visitors information, giving interpretive talks and tours, roving trails to ensure resource and visitor protection as well as assist with day to day activities and special projects.
Description of Duties: (May include but are not limited to)
Develop knowledge of historical and natural resources of Muir Woods and the surrounding area
Interact with visitors providing basic and/or in depth information that many include but is not limited to coastal redwood ecology, history of Muir Woods, plant and animal life and the surrounding area.
Rove trails ensuring safety of visitors and resource as well as engages visitors about the site
Provide interpretive talks and tours to our thousands of visitors each day
operate NPS radio in accordance with NPS regulations
Present introduction education programs for groups or assist with curriculum education programs.
Perform non-native plant removal
obtain weather data, perform trail work, and assist with resource monitoring projects. The intern is trained, provided with tools, safety equipment and instruction.
Work 40 hour per 5 day work week (8 hours a day). Schedules include weekends and shifts may vary.
Work as a member of a team as well as independently on program, projects and research.
Assist in the event of emergencies and provide first aid assistance to her/her level of training.
Jr. Ranger duties such as stocking Visitor center with Jr. Ranger badges and booklets, issuing Jr. Ranger certificates, and assisting with changes in the program and needs for the program as they come along. Participant will also be a lead assisting with the Jr. Ranger Camp during the summer months.
A weekly out-of-pocket expense of $150 may be available as well as housing.
Full uniform provided
As a National Park Service volunteer you will be provided with information and training about Muir Woods National Monument and the surrounding area.
You will have the opportunity to learn about the National Parks!
Experience communicating with people of diverse cultures and interests.
Walk amongst the tallest living organism, Coastal Redwood trees, and share your knowledge with the visiting public
Intensive rewarding hand on experience in a National Park
GOAL: Provide cultural and natural site resource information to the public in a courteous manner. This in turn increases public awareness of the resources and fosters a public sense of stewardship in preserving the resources for future generations.
Good communication and interpersonal skills.
Comfortable speaking front of groups of people.
Willingness to learn about Muir Woods National Monument, and the resources in and around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Self starter who can work alone as well as in groups.
Knowledge of other languages is beneficial, but not required.
Ability to walk at least 2 miles, working under occasionally adverse conditions (wind, fog rain and cold) often standing for periods of an hour or more.
You will be required to wear an official National Park Service Volunteer uniform that will be provided to you.
Qualifications: Applicants should demonstrate an interest in and knowledge of the environment, history, education, and/or interpretation and posses a sincere desire to work hard. A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Reliable transportation is a must due to no public transit to the site
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm Style housing available with common living areas, kitchen, and bathroom.
• 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.
• Conservation Education • Other • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Photo Courtesy of NPS
Drawn to Multi Cultural Education? Intrigued by the geology at your feet? Fascinated with the magic of an ancient forest? Provoked by the possibilities of historic investigation? Inspired by working with young people?
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with sites such as Muir Woods, Alcatraz Island, Marin Headlands, Fort Point National Historic Site, and Presidio of San Francisco, serves as a dynamic outdoor classroom. Education interns work side-by-side with National Park Service Rangers to deliver place-based, relevant K-12 education programs that engage students in inquiry learning in the sciences and social studies.
As an Education Intern with the National Park Service, you will:
• Assist the National Park Service staff with managing and conducting curriculum-based programs for San Francisco Bay Area students
• Deliver classroom lessons that prepare students for field sessions
• Lead field programs with the help of other park staff and volunteers
• Help design curriculum materials and field activities for outdoor programs
• A valid driver's license is required
• A mature and professional demeanor while working with visitors and colleagues is required
• Good oral communication skills
• Bi-lingual/cultural skills helpful
• Basic knowledge of relevant subject area and inquiry approach to learning is helpful
• Out-of-pocket expenses, up to $30 per workday, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the park
• Dormitory housing in the park at no cost to intern, if permanent address is at least 50 miles from the park
• Government vehicle for work-related driving needs
• National Park Service Volunteer uniform
• Training opportunities in interpretation and education
• Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park
• Experience working with diverse groups of students, teachers and park staff
• Full-time position -- 40 hours per week, Monday – Friday; time-off is available during school breaks as arranged with supervisor
• Opportunities for October 2014 through May 2015
For more information about programs, please see our web site at www.nps.gov/goga/forteachers
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: Dorm style housing with common areas including common bathrooms, living areas, and kitchens. Shared housing with diverse individuals of all ages and social economic backgrounds.
• Office/Clerical • Visitor Information • General Assistance
The primary duty is to staff the Pacific West Region Information Center (PWRIC). The PWRIC is located at in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Headquarters building.
The Center provides information about National Parks in the Pacific West Region of the country that includes parks in California, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Guam and American Samoa. The PWRIC also receives requests for information about other areas and agencies including San Francisco city parks, California State Parks and U. S. Forest Service areas.
Description of Duties
Responding to visitor inquiries in person, over the phone and by mail. These inquiries will range widely in topic
Updating informational materials for visitors
Special activities/opportunities may occur as Park Service needs arise.
This position requires the ability to prioritize visitors' needs and adapt to new situations to handle the demands of a busy office setting, e.g., answering phones, admitting visitors to the building, responding appropriately to emergency situations, prepare mailing materials, photocopying, filing, etc.
Applicants must be able to multitask and to work independently in absence of other staff.
As a National Park Service Volunteer you will provide information about National Park areas.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about National Parks than you ever imagined
Sometimes, you will be the first and only contact visitors from all over the world will have within the National Park Service (NPS)
Meet fellow volunteers at trainings and social events.
Goal: The goal of the Information Center is to provide visitors with information abou the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and NPS sites in the Pacific West Region.
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to use office equipment and a telephone
Willingness to learn about the vast resources in our National Parks
Knowledge of other langauges and writing skills are beneficial, but not required. You will be required to wear an official National Park Service Volunteer uniform that will be provided to you.
Scheduled Hours: Four hours per week. Work periods are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Some flexibility possible, however reliability is necessary.
• Computers • Other • General Assistance
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. The total park area is more than 80,000 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. It is nearly two and one-half times the size of San Francisco. One of the nation's most highly visited National Park Service units, the GGNRA is comprised of numerous sites, including Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Nike Missile Site, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco. Each has its own unique natural, cultural, and military history.
LEGAL: All products (photography, etc.) produced will become the property of the National Park Service.
There is also an option to allow you to use your own personal equipment, however you will be required to sign a waiver of liability.
Description of Duties
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is seeking a Volunteer Photographer for the Division of Interpretation and Education. The individual will be responsible for working as a team player in collaboration with other divisions and possibly park partners in photo documenting a variety of park events, celebrations, scenic vistas, flora and fauna, as well as photo documentation of volunteer events throughout the park. Volunteers will need to be proficient in understanding about lighting conditions, aperture and shutter speeds to capture the moment as well as using digital SLR cameras. (Please have a portfolio readily available).
The ideal candidates for this position are individuals with a creative understanding of commercial appeal, perspective, and use of the thirds rule. Volunteers must possess good customer service skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with cross-functional teams. All images taken will become property of the National Park Service.
Must be a cross platform user, proficient in Photoshop.
Must be comfortable using digital SLR, shooting in RAW format.
Must represent the highest standards of professional behavior including dress, punctuality, client contacts and interpersonal relationships.
Must be creative, innovative, and understand how to develop their compositions to meet their targeted audiences.
Be willing to participating in critique process.
Experience and enjoy working with people.
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse park visitors and park personnel
Currently looking for photographer who specializes in: people/group shots, wedding sites, and/or scenic vistas.
Must have a valid California driver's license and comfortable driving a government vehicle.
Volunteers will have opportunities to access behind the scene locations in the park like Alcatraz, Muir Woods, and Fort Point
Interns will gain understanding about working with nonprofit and government agencies, such as the National Park Service.
Training in Interpretation, CPR and First Aid
Opportunities to enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources of this spectacular park
Opportunity to be of service to your community and your country
• Other • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Looking for models to pose as bride and groom, bride and bride, or groom and groom for our park site wedding brochure.
No experience needed. You will need to provide your own attire for this volunteer modelling opportunity. We have 19 sites in the park that need to be covered in Marin and San Francisco counties. We are looking for all types of pairs as well as those from diverse backgrounds. Based on the number of models who participate, we may need you for more than one site.