One Tam Intern: Community Science

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Are you passionate about conservation and learning about natural resource management?  Would you like to engage the community in protecting and monitoring the incredible landscape of Mt. Tamalpais?

We are looking to hire interns who are excited about implementing our growing community (citizen) science program.  The program engages local community members through volunteer events, school programs, and more to support ecological monitoring and conservation of the Mt. Tamalpais region. This work is a part of the One Tam initiative of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative. The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) is an innovative 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

You will be introduced to a variety of conservation practices which include ecological monitoring and education.  You will help further our understanding of this unique place by working with multiple land management agencies and the public through community science events and programs. You will also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network, and benefit from considerable formal and on-the-job training with multiple agency partners.

You will have the chance to support habitat restoration and youth programs, gaining valuable experience in ecology and public engagement. You will support a variety of activities to connect local communities to Mt. Tam, including developing and running volunteer programs, tabling at festivals, staffing our mobile trailhead truck and attending various community events.  

During this one-year internship, you will be a teammate, data wrangler, field ecologist, environmental and science educator, and community builder. As an intern, you will be introduced to many aspects of conservation and support mountain-wide monitoring of terrestrial mammals, insect pollinators, vegetation and other indicators (potentially seeps and springs, herpetofauna). In this capacity, you will explore the interface between conservation, education, and technology, using data collection and visualization platforms such as iNaturalist, Wildlife Insights, ArcGIS Collector, and RShiny. Throughout the year, you will also participate in various elements of land stewardship which include developing and running volunteer programs for youth, adults, school groups, corporate groups, and community organizations. You will work with other agencies and parks and learn a variety of professional and technical skills within the scope of conservation and career advancement.

Description of Duties

The successful candidate will support the One Tam Community Science Program in the following duties:

•    Implementing established ecological monitoring protocols including data collection, data entry, and data management, especially in support of the internationally recognized Wildlife Picture Index (WPI).

•    Assisting in all aspects of community science events and programs. This includes scheduling, preparing materials, site scoping, outreach, program delivery and facilitation, and data management.

•    Collecting and maintaining records on community science activities (e.g., volunteer attendance) for program evaluation; assist with preparation of reports.

•    Participating in pilot community science projects and assisting in evaluation during development

•    Maintaining a social media presence for the program.

•    Working with partner land managers and supporting their resource and community engagement goals

•    Maintaining good communication and working relations with agency staff and other partners.

•    Maintaining tools and equipment, and other miscellaneous duties.

•    Time allowing, support other One Tam work, including habitat restoration, youth programs, trail work, tabling, and community outreach.

Desired Qualifications
•    Strong commitment to community participation, science, and stewardship in parks and open space.
•    Demonstrated interest in any of the following: ecology, conservation, wildlife/resource management, education, community (citizen) science, data science or statistics, science communication, park stewardship.
•    Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor
•    Strong ability to follow directions and pay close attention to detail.
•    General organizational and group management skills.
•    Comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, OR strong desire to gain more experience public speaking.
•    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.
•    Intermediate computer literacy, Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive. Experience with large datasets, database operations or GIS a plus.
•    Comfortable with wilderness skills such as cross-country navigation, off-road driving, and first aid, OR strong desire to gain more wilderness skills.
•    Enjoys a mix of office work and the outdoors.
•    Bilingual in Spanish or other language not required, but a plus.
•    A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to pass a LiveScan (fingerprint) background check.
•    Ability to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule.

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

•    This position is part field work and part office work and part field work. It requires the ability to maintain concentration and focus in an office setting for prolonged periods of time. It also requires the ability to work outdoors during all weather conditions and hike on varied and uneven cross-country terrain.  
•    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.

•    Weekly taxable stipend of $150/week is provided with government housing OR $275/week without housing. Housing is limited.
•    A vehicle for commuting will generally be provided if living in government housing.
•    Will likely qualify for government food vouchers.
•    Gain real-world work experience and fantastic networking opportunities in natural resources, habitat restoration and park management at a highly respected non-profit organization with a partnership between four land management agencies.
•    Potential to gain special 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.


•    Desired start date: October 2018
•    Length of position: One year
•    Schedule: 40 hours/ week, generally Tuesday – Saturday, full-time, with need to occasionally work different days of the week.
•    Must be over 21 years old (per vehicle insurance requirements).
•    Based out of 1600 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, CA.
•    Limited public transportation available to reporting location.
•    US Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number required

To apply
•    Please send a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and three references to Dr. Lisette Arellano, Please indicate whether you need housing.
•    Applications received by August 27 will receive first consideration.

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