• 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 November 3rd, 2014
Desired start date: Wednesday, January 7th, 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.
• 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.
• 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
• Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
This volunteer interpreter position is located on Alcatraz Island, the oldest permanent military installation, west of the Mississippi River. Alcatraz Island has served many roles in history. It has been a U.S. military fortification and prison (1850’s - 1933), federal penitentiary (1934 - 1963), site of an occupation by American Indians (1969 - 1971), breeding site for many species of nesting birds, and a part of the national park system since 1972.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Alcatraz staff. Working with the National Park Service and its park partner’s volunteers provide vital services to Alcatraz visitors.
Hours per month: Minimum of 16 hours per month, with a commitment of six months. Housing is not available.
Description of Duties: The National Park Service seeks outgoing individuals to help with visitor services on the island. This is a great way to develop job and communication skills. Volunteers will rove the park, provide visitor with information on the island natural and cultural history, and resource protection information.
Greet groups of 300+ visitors arriving on the ferries to the island
Answer questions and conduct cellhouse demonstrations
Introduce visitors to island wildlife • Present programs for the public
Acquaint visitors with island rules and regulations
Interest in local cultural and natural history
Ability to speak in front of large groups
Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
Ability to follow directions and work as a member of a team
Desire to learn and try new things
Bilingual skills helpful
Personal enrichment and experience working in a national park setting
Experience in communicating with people of diverse cultures
Opportunity to get to know the park site intimately
Accrual of knowledge and skills necessary to perform interpretive functions and provide visitor information.
Interpretive Training begins May 9th for three (3) consecutive Saturdays (mandatory).