Habitat Restoration Team Internship with Tennessee Valley Emphasis

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: 

Habitat Restoration Team (HRT) is a National Park Service volunteer stewardship program established in 1987. HRT engages community members to help preserve, restore, and maintain the natural diversity and beauty of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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. The internship works closely with park staff and is 80% field-based and vegetation focused and involves organizing and co-leading volunteer restoration workdays located in the Tennessee Valley which is in the Marin Headlands, and other park lands in Marin.  

Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship 

  • Volunteer management – Concurrent with staff mentoring- Helping to plan and lead volunteer workdays. This includes driving park vehicles to greet and direct new volunteers on plant identification, field safety vegetation management techniques, site history, and coordinating volunteer events.
  • Vegetation management - Conducting invasive plant control work in rugged conditions with hand tools, power tools, and herbicide if qualified, etc.; planting native species; assisting in seed collection, monitoring, and strategic planning.
  • Data collection - Recording, mapping, and updating work performed in databases and with GPS/GIS; reporting volunteer hours; managing tools and supplies.
  • Program support - Tool cleaning and maintenance; coordinating schedules and events; attending relevant meetings and trainings regularly



  • Experience working with or leading groups and the ability to supervise, train and inspire others
  • 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
  • Daily driving of park vehicles with tools to worksites - valid driver’s license and a good driving record 
  • Experience working outdoors in varying climates, on steep slopes and ability to carry up to 30 pounds
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with adults and children from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Office Suite, GIS experience not required, but a plus)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Also Desired: 

  • Strong commitment to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities on public lands and eagerness to work outside under all conditions
  • Education and/or experience in biological sciences particularly ecological restoration, environmental studies, plant biology, ecology, or horticulture Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision and self-motivate to complete tasks on time
  • Natural resource management experience 
  • CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid
  • Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while building community.

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