San Mateo County Parks system consists of 22 parks, historic sites, and regional trails. The properties have a wide variety of habitats, species, and visitor use.
The Natural Resource Management Program is focused on protecting and enhancing all natural resources within the park system. This includes habitat restoration, vegetation and invasive species management, native and invasive species mapping, wildlife monitoring, and volunteer stewardship activities.
The intern would report to Coyote Point Recreation Area or Redwood City, but will need to report to other park locations for a variety of events and work activities.
NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.
Examples Of Duties:
A Natural Resource Management Intern would be responsible for:
- Assisting with and co-leading volunteer habitat restoration stewardship activities and events, including event set-up and clean-up.
- Establishing and identifying new locations for future volunteer sites, including landscape reconnaissance, rare native plant and weed mapping, and weed management using manual, mechanical, and chemical control methods.
- Conducting other high-priority habitat enhancement and data collection activities throughout the park system, including the implementation of revegetation and weed suppression experiments and wildlife monitoring.
- Coordination with other Natural Resource Management, Volunteer Coordinator, and Interpretive staff.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to learn new skills, ability to follow directions, a good attitude, effective communication skills, ability to work in a team, strong organization skills, and a high attention to detail when conducting field tasks and recording and entering data. The candidate will have the ability to work full days outdoors in all weather conditions and variable terrain. Exposure to inclement weather, poison oak, and insects is anticipated. This position requires driving to different park locations, pulling a trailer, using County Radios, and manual labor including handling power-driven tools. This position will also involve herbicide application under the supervision of a licensed applicator.
This is a full-time position that will require the Natural Resource Management Intern to work the following hours:
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Current students with at least one year of college level education in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Biological Sciences, or related fields. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply.
- 1-2 years’ experience in related work in lieu of education will be considered.
- General knowledge of plants, and ability to learn and identify plant species
- Interest and enthusiasm for the environment.
- CPR/First Aid certified (may be able to attend parks training).
- Must have a valid California Driver's License.
*Please note that there are no housing facilities for interns. You are responsible for your own housing and meals.
How to apply:
Please submit an online application with a copy of your resume and cover letter attached to the application.
IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to http://jobs.smcgov.org/ to apply.
Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.
For questions about this internship, please contact Hannah Ormshaw at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions/comments/issues relating to the application process and material submissions, please contact Chaten Berry at email@example.com.
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.