National Park Visitor Survey Research Intern
Golden Gate National Parks; Presidio of San Francisco and Rancho Corral de Tierra in San Mateo Full-time preferred but limited part-time shifts available
July 10 to mid-September 2018

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the Presidio of San Francisco is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, abundant recreational opportunities, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 19 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the most visited urban national park in the country.

Interns will provide an important contribution to helping the park learn about it’s visitors and identify ways to improve park visitor experiences, make the park more accessible and explore new ways to protect natural and cultural resources. The interns will work in the field to contact park visitors and ask them to complete a survey. At other times the intern may count visitors, compile survey data and answer visitor questions about the park.

Do you want to learn more about how social science can help park officials better manage parks and visitor experiences? We are looking for passionate organized interns with a strong interest in learning more about parks, park management, social science research and good communications skills interacting with the public.

Interns will work in the field with other interns and will have a variety of duties including:

• Contacting park visitors at assigned times and locations in GGNRA and the Presidio.
• Conducting a brief structured interview and ask visitors to complete a survey about their visit and personal characteristics.
• Count visitors exiting a park site and record observational data.
• Interns may be involved in compiling basic data.
• Respond to visitor questions about the park
• Receive extensive training in survey methods and park features.

In this position, the intern will:
• Learn about GGNRA/Presidio, its resources, events and visitors
• Develop a solid understanding of survey research methods in parks
• Achieve extensive experience conducting interviews with park visitors
• Assist in basic data compilation
• Improve public speaking skills and learn about managing visitor interactions
• Assist in park stewardship
• Learn about how and why parks conduct visitor research

• Gain extensive insights into park visitor behaviors and characteristics
• Gain experience in research methods and conducting visitor surveys
• Opportunity for special project/independent study credit identified with your college
• Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and
interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna identification, grant writing,
mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more
• Fifty five dollar ($55.00) per day ($27.50/shift) taxable stipend
• Academic credit may be available (intern is responsible for coordinating with academic
• Opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.
• Opportunity to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common
interest in preserving and protecting national park lands and engaging the public in that vision.
• Opportunity to participate in workshop with research and park professionals to learn about why
visitor research is conducted and how it is used to manage park lands.
• Opportunity for personal/professional development day to pursue an interest, including
training/shadow and education days in various departments within the Park Service, Presidio
Trust and Parks Conservancy
• Parking reimbursement for travel within the park
• Uniform will be provided

• A strong interest in parks and their visitors
• Organized and detail oriented to complete assigned tasks
• Able to work independently
• Possessing good verbal communications skills
• Enrolled in or earned a college degree program in recreation, parks, social science or public
relations or related fields is highly desired
• Interest in building public speaking skills
• Full time availability for the entire survey period is highly desired . We have shifts available 7
days a week so there is some ability to meet individual scheduling needs related to specific days.

• Ability to work outdoors for four hours at a time in variable weather conditions (fog, sunshine, temperatures ranging from 45-85 degrees, winds 5-25mph) and maintain a sense of humor
• Ability to hike up to 2 miles in rocky terrain (for Rancho Coral de Tierra site)
• Ability to lift 25 pounds
• This internship is located at a site with little to no public transit access – the intern should have
reliable personal transportation

• Desired Start Date: July 10, 2018
• Work two shifts per day preferred. (7:00 AM- 11:00 AM; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM; or 4:00 PM – 8:00
• Intern must be able to work in half-day or full day increments
• Intern must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to
receive stipend

To apply for this position, please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Position is open until all spots are filled. Please indicate the position(s) that you are applying for in your cover letter. No phone calls please.

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