Aquatic Ecology Intern

Golden Gate National Park
July 9, 2021
Job Type


The application period for this position has closed.

Application Deadline: August 10, 2021


Internship Start Date: October 1, 2021

Internship End Date: October 1, 2022


Stipend = $400/week + health insurance

Dorm style, fully-furnished housing provided (within walking distance of park offices)

Position Description:

The aquatic ecology intern will be working in the Natural Resource Division of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area helping support staff with resource management actions and monitoring of our various freshwater and marine resources.  Primary activities for this internship include:

  • Restoration project support (e.g., preconstruction surveys for wildlife, assistance with erosion control installation)
  • Winter amphibian breeding surveys
  • Western pond turtle monitoring (telemetry)
  • Salmonid monitoring and habitat mapping support
  • Streamflow and groundwater monitoring support
  • Physical habitat survey support (e.g., topographic surveys of beaches, streams, and wetlands)
  • Data management
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Public outreach support (providing information about pertinent aquatic resource activities) 
  • Cross-training

Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship 

  • Program summaries- Occasional written summaries with photos and graphics of aquatic resource activities.
  • Data collection - Recording, mapping, and updating work performed in databases and spreadsheets
  • Program support - Tool cleaning and maintenance; coordinating schedules and events; attending relevant meetings and trainings regularly


Of most importance are the following:

  • A love of nature, outdoor work, and getting your hands wet and dirty.  
  • Interest in aquatic restoration and stewardship 
  • Must be very comfortable working in water and with handling fish and wildlife
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, able to troubleshoot, and a sense of humor 
  • Well-organized, ability to work independently 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills 
  • Good quantitative skills, basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.  
  • Must be in good physical condition (ability to carry up to 30 pounds) and enjoy working outside in various weather conditions.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds

Also Desired: 

  • The ideal candidate would be working towards a Natural Resource degree or a recent college graduate with same.  Coursework or experience in field data collection, GIS, hydrology/physical science, fisheries, and wildlife ecology would be a plus.  
  • Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands
  • Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
  • CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid

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