Mt. Tam

 

Stewardship Intern

 

Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, Marin County, California

 

Are you passionate about understanding our natural resources through ecological restoration? Would you like to engage local youth and community members in protecting and restoring the incredible landscape of Mt. Tam?

We are looking to hire interns who are excited about working on habitat and trail restoration activities while engaging the local community through volunteer events, school programs, and more. This work is a part of the the One Tam initiative of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative. The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) is an innovative new partnership made up of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and the Parks Conservancy. The TLC combines the expertise and resources of its partners to ensure the long-term health of Mt. Tamalpais by advancing efforts to restore ecosystems, improve trail corridors, enhance visitor services, expand education and stewardship programming, and inspire community support through volunteerism and philanthropy.

 

Overview of the Internship

 

As an intern, you will participate in all elements of land stewardship, gaining valuable experience in developing and running volunteer programs for youth and adults including school groups, corporate groups, and community organizations. You will a support a variety of activities to connect local communities to Mt. Tam, including tabling at farmer’s markets, staffing our mobile trailhead truck and attending various community events. You will also be introduced to a variety of habitat restoration programs and practices which include mapping and monitoring, management of invasive plants, seed collection and trail rehabilitation. This intern will also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network, and benefit from considerable formal and on-the-job training with multiple partners.

 

Description of Duties

 

The successful candidate will support the One Tam Stewardship Team in the following duties:

  • Plan and implement volunteer work projects. This includes scheduling, site scoping, program facilitation, and data reporting.
  • Engage the local community by hosting educational school programs and leading interpretive field walks.
  • Engage in habitat restoration activities including monitoring, planting, invasive plant management and trail work.
  • Collect and maintain volunteer and work performed data; as needed assist with preparation of reports.
  • Develop and maintain a social media presence.
  • Assist with planning and help to lead the Linking Individuals to their Natural Communities (LINC) Summer Program, engaging high school students in a six-week long summer program that integrates service, job training, and exploration of Mt. Tam.
  • Support resource and community engagement goals of partnering land managers.
  • Maintain good communication and working relations with agency staff and other partners.
  • Time allowing, support fundraising activities.
  • Maintain tools and equipment, and other miscellaneous duties.

 

Desired Qualifications

 

  • Strong commitment to community participation and stewardship in parks and open space
  • An interest in working with and leading diverse youth audiences; experience running service-learning programs that involve youth a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in ecology, resource management, and/ or park stewardship.
  • Comfortable with speaking in front of a crowd, OR strong desire to gain more experience public speaking.
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor.
  • Ability to work independently and assume a leadership role as needed.
  • Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
  • Strong organizational and group management skills.
  • Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with database operations or Photoshop/ InDesign a plus.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or other language not required, but a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and willingness to obtain a Class B commercial driver’s license. This position will also be required to pass a LiveScan background check.
  • Ability to work Saturdays and attend overnights trips. Frequent local travel will be necessary (vehicle provided).

 

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

 

  • This position is part field work and part office work. It requires the ability to work outdoors during all weather conditions and walk on varied and uneven terrain. It also requires the ability to maintain concentration and focus in an office setting for prolonged periods of time.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 35 pounds.

 

Compensation

 

  • A stipend of $30/day ($150/week) with dorm-style housing OR $55/day ($250/week) without housing. Housing is limited.
  • Gain real-world work experience and fantastic networking opportunities in youth development, habitat restoration and park management at a highly respected non-profit organization with a partnership between four land management agencies.
  • Potential to gain hiring status for federal jobs through the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority.
  • Opportunity to take six personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the One Tam area of focus.
  • Opportunity to attend Park Academy classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more!
  • Opportunity to work and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular natural area.

 

Terms

 

  • Desired start date: mid-October 2017.
  • Length of position: One year.
  • Schedule: 40 hours/ week, generally Tuesday – Saturday, full-time, with need to occasionally work weekends and evenings.
  • Based out of 1600 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, CA.
  • Very limited public transportation available to reporting location.
  • To apply, please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Rosa Schneider, rschneider@onetam.org .Please indicate whether you need housing. This position will remain open until filled.



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Community Science Program Intern

 

Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, Marin County, California

 

Are you passionate about science, wildlife, and community engagement?

We are recruiting interns to help implement and grow our community (citizen) science program. The program engages local youth and community members in monitoring wildlife through motion-activated cameras to support the conservation of Mt. Tamalpais region (Marin County) as part of the One Tam Initiative. The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) is a partnership made up of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and the Parks Conservancy. The TLC combines the expertise and resources of its partners to ensure the long-term health of Mt. Tamalpais by advancing efforts to restore ecosystems, improve trail corridors, enhance visitor services, expand education and stewardship programming, and inspire community support through volunteerism and philanthropy. One Tam is the community-based initiative of the TLC, designed to implement the programs and projects of the TLC through increased community engagement and expanded volunteer support. The One Tam Community Science Intern works to help implement and evaluate community science programs. While the current program focus is on wildlife, it is anticipated that the program will eventually expand to include support for mountain-wide monitoring programs on other species (potentially bats, pollinators, seeps and springs, frogs, and/ or turtles).

 

Description of Duties

 

The intern will gain experience running a cross-agency, community science, wildlife monitoring project. Typical assignments will include:

  • Planning and implementing volunteer community science events. This includes preparing training materials, data management, delivering presentations, and teaching volunteers.
  • Developing wildlife identification skills.
  • Navigating cross-country terrain to service wildlife cameras and collect data.
  • Downloading, annotating and processing the photographs using the internationally recognized Wildlife Picture Index (WPI), a metric for measuring trends in biodiversity over time.
  • Developing and maintaining a social media presence.
  • Assisting and mentoring other volunteers with cataloging and field assistant duties.
  • Learning scientific sampling protocols including data collection, data entry and processing, and generating summary reports.
  • Collecting and maintaining volunteer and work performed data; assist with preparation of reports.
  • Developing and maintaining a social media presence.
  • Maintaining good communication and working relations with agency staff and other partners.
  • Time allowing, assisting other One Tam and partner agency staff in restoration work and other resource management activities.
  • Maintaining tools and equipment, and other miscellaneous duties.

 

Desired Qualifications

 

  • Strong commitment to community participation and stewardship in parks and open space
  • Demonstrated interest in ecology, wildlife, and/or resource management.
  • Comfortable with speaking in front of a crowd, OR strong desire to gain more experience public speaking.
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor.
  • Comfortable working with data, and able to pay attention to details.
  • Ability to work independently and assume a leadership role as needed.
  • Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.
  • Strong organizational and group management skills.
  • Basic computer literacy with Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with database operations and GIS a plus.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.
  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to work Saturdays. Frequent local travel will be necessary (vehicle provided).

 

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

 

  • This position is part field work and part office work. It requires the ability to work outdoors during all weather conditions and walk on varied and uneven terrain. It also requires the ability to maintain concentration and focus in an office setting for prolonged periods of time.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 35 pounds.

 

Compensation

 

  • A stipend of $30/day ($150/week) with dorm-style housing OR $55/day ($250/week) without housing. Housing is limited.
  • Gain real-world work experience and fantastic networking opportunities in youth development, habitat restoration and park management at a highly respected non-profit organization with a partnership between four land management agencies.
  • Potential to gain hiring status for federal jobs through the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority.
  • Opportunity to take six personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the One Tam area of focus.
  • Opportunity to attend Park Academy classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more!
  • Opportunity to work and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular natural area.

 

Terms

 

  • Desired start date: early October 2017.
  • Length of position: One year.
  • Schedule: 40 hours/ week, generally Tuesday – Saturday, full-time, with need to occasionally work weekends and evenings.
  • Based out of 1600 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, CA.
  • Very limited public transportation available to reporting location.
  • To apply, please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Rosa Schneider, rschneider@onetam.org .Please indicate whether you need housing. Applications received by August 11, 2017 will receive first consideration.



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The Parks Conservancy and One Tam committed to diversity in the workplace.
Minorities and people of color are encouraged to apply.