• Botany • Office/Clerical • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Applications will be accepted until December 3, 2018.
Internship Summary and Location:
As a Natural Resources Intern, you will assist in the implementation of a variety of vegetation resource management projects within Fort Baker and the Southern Marin Headlands, located in Marin County just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. A main component of the work will involve restoring coastal prairie grassland habitat for the federally endangered mission blue butterfly. Restoration techniques will include native plant revegetation and non-native invasive plant removal through an integrated pest management approach. There will also be a strong involvement of community engagement to aide in reaching restoration objectives. Interns will have the opportunity to coordinate logistics and lead volunteer program events.
Description of Duties:
70% - Native plant revegetation & invasive plant management using a variety of treatment techniques
10% - Assisting with wildlife monitoring (mission blue butterfly) and managing wildlife cameras
5% - Additional support projects may include: installing erosion control materials, serving as a biological monitor during construction projects, assisting with site establishment and data collection for vegetation monitoring, photomonitoring of restoration sites, maintaining vehicles and field equipment
10% - Mapping vegetation communities with GPS & Calflora’s Weed Manager platform, managing and analyzing data in Excel and ArcGIS
5% - Training: Park Academy course are on offer year-round and include topics like botany, native plant propagation, seed collection/cleaning, GPS mapping & data management in ArcGIS, birding, resume building/interview skills, wildlife monitoring, and much more!
Intern staff are expected to routinely carry out other minor duties not listed above in order to support general vegetation resource related projects at Fort Baker and throughout the Marin Headlands, as needed.
Education- College graduate in the environmental sciences such as biology, ecology, natural resources management, forestry, botany, and geography. Students currently enrolled in a similar program will also be considered.
-Must be enthusiastic about native habitat restoration and outdoor, physical work
-Able to work effectively alone or in a team setting
-Ability to navigate steep slopes on foot, often while carrying a load
-Willing to learn and operate gas-powered equipment such as a brushcutter
-Able to study for and acquire a California DPR pesticide applicator’s certificate (QAC), within 3 months of internship (materials and costs are provided by the National Park Service)
-Effective communication style and ability to assist leading volunteer groups in an outdoor setting
- Knowledge of northern California native flora helpful. Ability to ID plants using a dichotomous key.
-Experience with using a GPS for ecological data collection and navigation to field sites.
-Working knowledge of manipulating data and making maps in ArcGIS (10+)
-Experience implementing volunteer programs.
This can be a part-time position (30 hours/week minimum) but a full-time schedule (40 hours/ week) is preferred. Work is generally scheduled Monday-Friday, with occasional weekend work. Interns will be offered government housing, at no cost with 40 hour a week Internship. Additionally a stipend of $30/day ($150/week) is provided to offset other living costs. Interns not in need of housing will be offered a stipend of $55/day.
Field work varies in conditions ranging from highly developed areas with many park visitors to remote, off trail sites in rugged terrain. Interns can expect to work some days in temperatures ranging from hot to cold, inclement weather, and habitat that hosts poison oak and ticks. Proper training in safe work practices and the use of personal protective equipment will be provided.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing