Natural Resources Management Internship
Internship Summary and Location:
As a Natural Resources Intern with the National Park Service, you will assist in the implementation of a variety of vegetation resource management projects within Fort Baker, 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 re-vegetation 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:
65% - Invasive plant management using a variety of treatment techniques
10% - Assisting with wildlife monitoring (mission blue butterfly) and surveying (migratory bird nesting)
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
15% - Mapping vegetation communities with GPS & Calflora’s Weed Manager cloud-based 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. ** Interns will be encouraged to develop an individual project of interest to be completed before the end of their term, with the support of NPS staff and resources.
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 operate gas-powered equipment such as a chainsaw and/or brushcutter
-Able to acquire a California DPR pesticide applicator’s certificate (QAC), within 3 months of employment
-Effective communication style and ability to lead volunteer groups in an outdoor setting
- Knowledge of northern California native flora. Ability to ID plants using a dichotomous key. Familiarity with using the Jepson Manual.
-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 leading 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. An additional 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 $50/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 full 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.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, current resume, and contact information for at least two professional references to Jeremiah Jolley, Natural Resources Specialist, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please submit this email with the title, “Fort Baker Internship Application”. Candidates will be contacted by mid-September for further consideration and interviews. We are looking to fill this position in October 2017.