Position: Wildlife Monitoring Intern
Location: John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, CA
Summary: The Wildlife Monitoring Internship is designed to prepare students and young professionals for careers in the Natural Resource Management field. Interns working in this position will assist Natural Resource Management staff in the surveying of wildlife, such as reptiles, amphibians and small mammals as part of a park inventory and monitoring program. Work may involve setup of trap sites, recording data, taking photos, assisting with handling and measuring animal captures, baiting and cleaning traps, and helping to prepare public outreach and education materials. The skills and knowledge learned from this internship include, but are not limited to, wildlife and vegetation survey methods, scientific field data collection techniques, the mission and history of the National Park Service, professionalism and public speaking. Interns will also learn how to work as a team, communicate project results to others, and develop a career in the environmental field.
Work Tasks May Include: Hiking to monitoring sites Help set up and break down trap sites Help handle/take measurements of reptiles/amphibians and/or small mammals Work outdoors under various weather conditions Recording field data Assist/create educational and outreach materials Develop and apply knowledge of basic conservation biology concepts and methods
Preferred Qualifications: Interest in biological/environmental sciences Timely, organized, and professional Flexible and able to juggle multiple tasks in the field Must be a team player Energetic, enthusiastic, and capable of working in variable outdoor conditions
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: As a youth position, applicants must be between 18 30 years of age Must review and follow park policies and safety protocols after selected for internship
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Closing date for applications: Monday, April 1st, 2019
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
John Muir National Historic Site is comprised of portions of the over 2300-acre ranch where John Muir lived, raised a family, farmed, wrote, advocated for environmental conservation, and was buried. Established in 1964 and expanded through subsequent legislation, the park today consists of the 9-acre Strentzel-Muir house estate, the more than 326-acre open space lands of Mount Wanda, and the Strentzel-Muir family grave site where Muir was buried.
The park preserves and protects the home and portions of this historic Alhambra Valley agricultural estate, and it's associated natural and cultural resources, to memorialize and connect people with Muir s global legacy as an influential naturalist, writer, and champion for protecting national parks and wild lands.