GOGA Aquatic Ecology Intern – Ruby Sainz

Hello! My name is Ruby and I am the new Aquatic Ecology Intern at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California. I grew up in the beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, where I just moved from. I love spending time with my two dogs, going to the gym, and traveling. I travelled to 10 states in 2023 and plan to travel across the world in 2024!

While I do miss the nonstop AZ sunshine, the foggy Bay Area has really grown on me. I get to live on-site at Fort Cronkhite, which was an old military fort used during WWII. It has since become housing and office space for National Park Service employees and partners. Its dorm-style housing means I get to live with my fellow EFTA cohort! Another plus is my commute from my dorm to the office is about a 4-minute stroll! And I can’t forget the beautiful Rodeo Beach is just steps away. 


I earned a MS in Biology from Arizona State University and specialize in aquatic macroinvertebrate (water bug) identification. I have done some work with reptiles, amphibians, and fish, but I am definitely looking forward to getting to work with and learn more about these fascinating animals during this internship. I also look forward to meeting new people and making lifelong friends!

Stay tuned for my next blog post!

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