• Botany • Conservation Education • Range/Livestock • Soil/Watershed • Timber/Fire Prevention • Trail/Campground Maintenance • Tour Guide/Interpretation • Visitor Information • Natural Resources Planning • Fish/Wildlife • Science • Back Country/Wilderness • General Assistance • Weed/Invasive Species Control
Are you passionate about nature, do you love working outdoors and are you excited to learn about ecological restoration? Are you interested in working with a broad range of audiences in the Golden Gate National Parks through land management projects and community-based volunteer programs?
Working in some of the Bay Area’s most dramatic and beautiful landscapes, the Park Stewardship Program engages and sustains vibrant communities in the conservation of park lands. Established in 1993, the Park Stewardship Program is part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the non-profit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks.
Overview of Internship
We have internship positions with all three of Park Stewardship’s regional teams- San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. Through a one-year position on one of these teams, you will wear many hats - you will be a steward, field ecologist, environmental educator, youth leader, and community builder. As an intern, you will be introduced to many aspects of habitat restoration - managing invasive plants, planting natives, monitoring, and maintaining healthy coastal environments. You will also participate in all elements of land stewardship, gaining valuable experience in developing and running volunteer programs for youth, adults, school groups, corporate groups, and community organizations. Interns also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network, as well as benefit from considerable formal and on-the-job training.
Most importantly, as an intern, you will be an integral part of the diverse and fun Park Stewardship team, and will obtain an in-depth understanding of the values of the park system through shared experiences, workshops, and ongoing dialogue.
Description of Duties
Assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program and coordinating outreach. This includes:
Plan and coordinate volunteer workdays
Engage and inspire community involvement; communicate with visitors about park issues
Develop and lead educational and interpretative walks and talks
Create, edit, and produce educational and outreach materials
Maintain the volunteer database and report on volunteer participation
Desired Knowledge and Skills
Physical requirements and Work Conditions
Compensation and Benefits
Assist ecological restoration activities
Participate and lead field restoration activities such as removing invasive plants, planting native plants, and monitoring restoration progress
Prepare reports of restoration work performed
Love of the outdoors and curiosity about ecological restoration
Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
Enjoy writing and speaking with members of the public
Ability to work well within a team, as well as independently, with minimal supervision
Excited to take initiative
Strong organizational skills
Basic computer proficiency
Desire and ability to work outdoors (at times in inclement weather, on steep slopes, and in proximity to poison oak)
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Indoor work is performed in a friendly office setting and offices are located in San Francisco
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Weekly out-of-pocket expenses of $150/week is provided with dorm-style housing OR $275/week without housing
Gain real-world work experience in habitat restoration at a highly respected non-profit organization with a model partnership between two federal agencies
Opportunity to take six personal/professional development days to pursue Park Academy classes or pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Park Academy Classes cover a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more!
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
Desired start date: early October, 2016
Length of position: one year from start
Schedule: 40 hours/week, Tues thru Sat with occasional early, late or overnight days
Driver’s license required
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing with common areas including bathroom area, living room, and kitchen. Facilities shared amongst people from other cultures.
• Conservation Education • Tour Guide/Interpretation
Do you want to learn how to maintain our beaches while engaging volunteers?
We are looking for someone who is interested in learning about how to support a volunteer beach program. The intern would get a behind the scenes look at how the Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) Program is run and would also help in staffing with work days at other sites in the GGNRA.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
Working with the Beach Volunteer Manager, the intern will gain experience in managing volunteer program operations. Assignments include:
• Supporting and leading the beach clean-ups at Ocean Beach.
• Maintaining and help keep organized the programs’ equipment and storage areas.
• Clerical work in outreach for VIP program and group statistics.
• Public contact at Fort Point and other sites in the GGNRA.
• Assisting with college work days for SF State and CCSF
• Present informative walks and talks about a sites cultural and natural resources.
• Learning volunteer management from the largest volunteer program in the National Park Service.
• Learn about the cultural and natural resources of the National Park Service.
• Experience in developing and leading an interpretive talk.
• Opportunity to work with staff and volunteers from different parts of the park.
• A uniform will be provided.
• Training and professional development days will be offered and provided.
• Fifty dollars ($30.00) per day taxable stipend available and park housing.
• An ability and desire to work with people of varying backgrounds and ages.
• Strong oral and communication skills.
• Willingness to work outdoors in varying climate.
• A valid driver’s license
• Bilingual skills are a plus.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style
• 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).
• 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.