ORGANIZATION: National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring Program
LOCATIONS: Sausalito, and Point Reyes Station, CA.
POSTING DATE: March 5, 2018.
TO APPLY: Email your resume, a cover letter, and three references to Eric 
Wrubel at eric_wru...@nps.gov


The National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) collects, 
organizes, analyzes, and synthesizes natural resource data and information 
in the San Francisco Bay Area Network of National Parks. This internship 
will support the I&M Vegetation Ecology program. For more information 
about the San Francisco Bay Area I&M and the natural resources it 
monitors, please visit: www.nps.gov/im/sfan  and 

The San Francisco Bay Area Network is seeking two interns to assist with 
plant community monitoring and invasive plant early detection protocols. 
The interns will work primarily in Golden Gate National Recreation Area 
and Point Reyes National Seashore, but will also make visits to Pinnacles 
National Park, and John Muir National Historic Site. One position will be 
stationed at Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA, and one position will be 
stationed at Point Reyes Headquarters, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Plant Community Monitoring Program: utilizing point intercept techniques 
to read vegetation plots; recording data; navigating using GPS; installing 
permanent plot markers; photography; entering field data in a Microsoft 
Access database and performing quality-control checks; assisting with 
production of plot location manuals, using GIS, Google Earth, and MS Word.

Invasive Plant Early Detection Program: assisting in surveys for invasive 
plants; collecting data using GPS units and/or tablets; 
uploading/downloading field data on a web-based and/or GIS database and 
performing quality-control; Creating survey tracklogs and other map 
products in GIS and Google Earth.
Herbarium Work: Collecting, photographing, processing, scanning and 
pressing plant specimens for digital and physical herbarium accession.

Gain experience identifying plants of the Bay Area, one of the most 
botanically rich regions in the California Floristic Province, a global 
biodiversity hotspot. Learn vegetation sampling techniques that are 
industry standards in land management and research.  Become proficient in 
GPS and GIS technologies. Gain experience with photography, plant scanning 
and image management. Enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and cultural resources 
of spectacular National Parks while engaging park stewards. Professional 
development and training days are available to pursue interests in other 
departments within the Park Service and Parks Conservancy. Dormitory 
housing provided at Fort Cronkhite, Rodeo Beach, Sausalito; and Point 
Reyes National Seashore. Thirty Dollar ($30.00) per day stipend.

Completion of one or more of the following college courses or equivalent 
experience: Botany, Plant Taxonomy, Plant Ecology, Field Methods in 
Ecology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Biostatistics. Basic 
computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with database 
operations, ArcGIS, R, Photoshop, a plus. A valid driver’s license and 
clean driving record.

This is a mixed position with field and office time each week. Must enjoy 
working in an office setting and outside in various weather conditions and 
terrains while maintaining a good attitude. Occasionally, field work can 
include up to 8 miles of hiking/day, most often, 1-2 miles/day. Must be 
able to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds. Field 
work is both on and off-trail, and frequently involves bushwhacking 
through dense vegetation. Interns will frequently encounter poison oak, 
ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, and other wildlife. While we have a 
comprehensive safety program, and provide protective equipment, please do 
not apply if you have any hesitation about the physical requirements and 
work environment.

Desired Start Date:  April 9, 2018.
Six month term, April – September, 2018. 
Work week is Monday – Friday.
Two locations: Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA; and Point Reyes Station, CA.

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service seek to increase diversity 
in the workplace and reflect the changing demographics of our Bay Area 
community. People of color and from all backgrounds are encouraged to 

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