• Office/Clerical • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • General Assistance
Alcatraz Island is infamous as the federal prison but, the island was the most fortified fort on the west coast in the 1860’s and in 1969 the site of an American Indian occupation.
Alcatraz island has 5000 visitors a day, Rangers and interns present interpretive programs daily, answer visitor questions and research the history. Alcatraz island is always an exciting place to experience history with park visitors.
Provide information and interpret the history of the island
Rove and Patrol the island answering visitor questions, demonstrating prison equipment
Provide general orientation to boats of visitors
Present formal interpretive programs to the public
Research the history of Alcatraz
Assist Rangers in their duties
Assist with office work and special duties an signed
Ability to work with all age groups and visitors form many countries
Ability to research and present programs (theme, goal and objectives)
Ability to work with large groups of visitors
Ability to deal with emergency’s
Good knowledge of computers and e-mail
Speaks different languages
Knowledge of the NPS and San Francisco
Hours per week: Full time, 40 hours per week, up to a year commitment. Alcatraz is in operation 7 days a week. Intern may need to work weekends. Out of pocket expenses and housing is available if needed. Housing is dorm style and residents must help with cleanup and follow all regulations.
• Botany • Conservation Education • Visitor Information • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Presidio of San Francisco, Full-time, 10 months, Housing & Stipend
Position Title: Presidio Nursery Seed Collection Intern
Reports To: Brianna Schaefer, Nursery Production Manager
Are you passionate about plants, working in a nursery setting, building community, and restoring parks? Join our dynamic team and help support the Presidio Nursery!
We are looking for an intern who is excited to hike through the Presidio’s many native plant communities, identify a high diversity of plants and learn the intricate details of seed collection.
ABOUT THE PRESIDIO
Birthplace of San Francisco and guardian of the Golden Gate for more than 200 years, the Presidio endures as a place of service and possibility. Now a distinctive part of the national park system, this magnificent American landmark invites visitors to be inspired by its beauty and to participate in a variety of programs that draw on its history and natural resources. The Presidio is also home to a vibrant community of people who work and live in the park. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the world’s most extensive national parks in an urban setting, spanning over 80,000 acres on both sides of San Francisco’s Golden Gate.
ABOUT THE PRESIDIO NURSERY
The Presidio Nursery is a partnership program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust and National Park Service. The Presidio Nursery is also part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Native Plant Nursery System, one of the vital components of the park’s community-based stewardship program. Nursery staff, interns and volunteers grow thousands of native plants and educate hundreds of Bay Area students and residents each year. The Presidio Nursery grows over 60,000 plants a year in two greenhouses and one shade house, helping to support the Presidio’s ongoing stewardship efforts. To learn more, visit www.parksconservancy.org/programs/nurseries.
This internship aims to introduce the intern to aspects of managing a community-based native plant nursery with an emphasis on seed collection and processing, and exposure to plant propagation and after care, and facilities maintenance. The intern will gain valuable experience in botany (especially CA native plant identification), environmental education, habitat restoration, and volunteer management.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Focus on the collection, processing, and storage of plant materials for propagation following strict ecological standards
Provide support to the Nursery staff for plant propagation and facilities maintenance
Assist with administrative tasks such as record keeping and data entry
Support volunteer and education programs: lead, teach and motivate volunteers during Wed and Sat volunteer programs and weekly environmental education programs
Conduct an independent project determined by nursery priorities and intern’s interest
Attend Park Academy trainings on everything from Plant Physiology, Nursery Pests and Soil Science to Tool Maintenance and Advanced Excel.
Participate in Presidio public events and programs
Enthusiasm for and working knowledge of CA native plants and ecological communities and/or AA/AS degree or higher in botany, environmental studies, natural sciences, horticulture or related field
Familiarity with plant identification and taxonomic keys
Excellent attention to detail
A self-starter – ability to work independently in an organized and motivated manner
Ability to work as part of a team and lead activities with diverse
Strong written and oral communication skills
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing. Shared bathroom, kitchen and common areas.
• 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).