• Botany • Conservation Education • Natural Resources Planning • Weed/Invasive Species Control
The Redwood Creek Vegetation Intern will work as an integral part of the Redwood Creek Vegetation Team to implement an invasive plant management program and fulfill vegetation restoration and monitoring goals throughout the Redwood Creek watershed. The intern will get the opportunity to plan, coordinate, and implement an ongoing Ehrharta erecta management project within Muir Woods National Monument. Additionally, the intern will work with crews to revegetate disturbed land, monitor rare plant populations, develop outreach material, and assist with research projects throughout the watershed.
Description of Duties
Plan, coordinate, and implement invasive plant (Ehrharta erecta) management within Muir Woods National Monument.
Remove invasive plants using hand tools, power tools, herbicide, and other methods.
Revegetate disturbed landscapes with native plants.
Monitor and survey for rare and special status plant populations.
Map key habitat features using Android-based GPS devices; analyze and display mapped features using CalFlora and ArcGIS.
Evaluate restoration progress; collect, enter, and manage tabular and spatial data.
Engage the local community by leading volunteer workdays.
Develop educational and outreach materials
Maintain tools and equipment
Participate in wide-ranging conservation projects throughout the park.
Ability to take on responsibility, work independently, and assume a leadership role as needed.
A passion for tough physical work in hard field conditions.
A love of nature, ecology, plants, and animals.
Familiarity with biological and ecological concepts.
Ability to work well within a team; sense of humor, flexibility, and collaboration a must
Great communication skills; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
Detail-oriented and organized.
Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Experience with GPS, GIS, CalFlora, Microsoft Access, Photoshop, InDesign a plus.
A valid driver’s license, and clean driving record.
Desire to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
Dorm-style housing and a stipend of $30/day ($150/week) is provided if your permanent residence is more than 50 miles from San Francisco.
A stipend of $55/day ($275/week) is provided if your permanent residence is less than 50 miles from San Francisco.
Gain real-world work experience in habitat restoration at a highly respected organization with a model partnership between a Federal and State agencies and their non-profit partner.
Opportunity to take personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on 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 in the San Francisco Bay Area
Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style
• 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
• 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 at the Point Bonita Lighthouse and Nike Missile Site
Issue campground reservations and backcountry permits
Help patrol the 70-mile trail system
Help manage the Marin Headlands docent program
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: January 2017
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Other Description: Dorm style housing available
• 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).