Habitat Restoration Team Intern

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Environment for the Americas seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.


Employees for these positions are required to be: 

* US Citizens or Legal Residents

* Fully vaccinated for COVID-19*


DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 9th, 2022

Internship Dates: October 31, 2022 – October 30, 2023 (1 year)

Stipend: $475/week + dorm style housing + INSURANCE


Position Description:

Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) is a National Park Service volunteer stewardship program established in 1987. HRT engages community members in year round programs to help preserve, restore, and maintain the natural diversity and beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Restoration workdays are located in the Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley, Tam Valley, Stinson Beach, and Bolinas Ridge, Marin County CA. These two internships work Sunday-Thursday with occasional weekends off for holidays.

HRT’s main goal is to control invasive, non-native plants and restore native plant communities in coastal scrub, grassland, wetland, and oak/bay woodland habitats during three weekly community programs on Sundays, Tuesday and Wednesdays.  The internship works closely with park staff and is 70% field-based and vegetation management focused. 70% of duties involve planning, organizing and leading the three volunteer programs. 20% is weed management data collection and entry and 10% EFTA responsibilities.

Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship

  • Volunteer management – Concurrent with staff mentoring- Helping to plan and lead all volunteer workdays. This includes driving large park trucks via freeway and occasionally on fire roads to greet and direct new volunteers on plant identification, field safety vegetation management techniques, site history, and coordinate volunteer events.
  • Vegetation management – Conducting invasive plant control work with volunteers in rugged conditions (slopes, all weather, ticks and poison oak) with hand tools, power tools, and herbicide if qualified, etc.; planting native species; assisting in seed collection, monitoring vegetation at sites and planning follow up needs.
  • Data collection – Recording, mapping, and maintaining quality control of all work performed in databases and with GPS/GIS; reporting all volunteer hours; managing and cleaning and repairing tools.

Program support – coordinating weekly schedules and events; maintaining vehicles, attending relevant meetings and trainings regularly and meeting monthly and reporting deadlines as a team.



  • Experience working with or leading groups and the ability to supervise, train and inspire others
  • Fast learner and ability to step up and provide leadership and initiative within a few months
  • Ability to work well in a team; contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed while balancing team and individual responsibilities
  • An active interest in natural resource management and community outreach and education
  • Strong desire to provide excellent public service and share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in a team setting
  • Eagerness to work outdoors under all conditions and experience working off trail, on steep slopes and ability to carry up to 30 pounds
  • Daily driving of park vehicles with tools to worksites – valid driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and quality control
  • Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
  • Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus)


  • Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands
  • Education and/or experience in biological sciences particularly ecological restoration, environmental studies, plant biology, ecology, or horticulture
  • Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds
  • CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid
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