Water Quality & Wetland Monitoring 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: The intern will assist with field monitoring duties at wetland and coastal sites in GGNRA.  Primary duties will involve water quality monitoring and physical monitoring, however the intern will assist with fish surveys as well.  The intern will help to maintain several water quality and water level sensors deployed at a number of sites around the park.  This will include downloading and managing data, calibrating instruments, troubleshooting mechanical and other issues and keeping detailed records of actions.  At first, the intern will assist other NPS staff with these tasks, but later they will take on the primary responsibility for many ongoing water quality tasks. The intern will also assist with topographic surveys using a total station and/or RTK GPS equipment and may create maps and graphics using ArcGIS.  From May-August, the intern will recruit, train and lead volunteers doing night-time surveys for California Grunion at Crissy Field.  There will also be time to complete special projects depending on the interests of the intern.

Work Products: Key deliverables of the internship

  1. Learn, and eventually lead ongoing hydrologic monitoring using a variety of water quality and water level sensors.
  2. Data management of hydrologic datasets, including data entry and QA/QC.
  3. Clear and detailed documentation of field actions and instrument maintenance activities.
  4. Assistance with topographic surveys using RTK GPS or total station.
  5. Recruit, train and lead volunteers doing night-time surveys for grunions at Crissy Field.

Survey of finished floor elevations of NPS buildings and assets at Stinson Beach for use in climate adaptation planning.



College coursework and/or BS degree in Ecology, Biology, physical sciences or related field.  Experience or interest in natural resources management, water quality sampling, creek and wetland restoration, and physical monitoring techniques.  Highly organized with strong attention to detail and strong quantitative skills.  Ability, experience or interest utilizing technologies including GIS, total station and monitoring instrumentation.  Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as a member of a team.

Desired: GIS skills

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