Natural Resources Management Intern

Golden Gate National Park
July 9, 2021
Job Type


The application period for this job 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 Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is seeking a motivated intern to support natural resource management projects in San Mateo County, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. GGNRA is a destination for both local and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. The intern will work with National Park Service staff, partners, and volunteers in a variety of habitats, from coastal prairies to redwood forests, to support conservation of federally protected plants, animals, and sensitive ecosystems.

Work Products/Key Deliverables of the Internship:

  • Assist with planning and implementation of habitat restoration and revegetation field work.
  • Control invasive plant species using hand tools, power tools, and herbicide if qualified.
  • Perform volunteer or contractor oversight during vegetation management work.
  • Map vegetation and rare or invasive and plant populations using GPS data recorders; analyze and display mapped features using GIS technology.
  • Monitor threatened and endangered wildlife including California red-legged frog, San Bruno elfin butterfly, and Mission blue butterfly. 
  • Monitor rare and endangered plant populations and butterfly host plants.
  • Data management – collect and enter data and perform quality control for monitoring and work performed. 
  • Assist with reporting of monitoring, restoration actions, and experiments performed.
  • Drive truck to/from work sites.
  • Maintain tools and equipment.


Of most importance are the following:

  • A love of nature and physical outdoor work. 
  • Interest in resource management, ecological restoration, endangered species stewardship, and plant identification.
  • Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Ability to work independently and take on a leadership role as needed.
  • Desire to work in a small team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be in good physical condition (ability to carry up to 30 pounds) and enjoy working outside in various weather conditions.
  • A valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Also Desired: 

  • Education and/or experience in environmental science, ecology, biology, botany, taxonomy, GIS, statistics, database operations, or photography.
  • Experience in technical writing
  • CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid


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