Wildlife Monitoring Intern

Natural Resources, Golden Gate National Parks

April to December 2017


The Natural Resource Science and Management Division is seeking a motivated intern to work in a dynamic wildlife monitoring program set in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), a unit of the National Park Service, is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.

The Natural Resource Science and Management Division at GGNRA stewards ecologically rich lands and waters of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our division does inventory and monitoring work, habitat restoration, wildlife and habitat management, planning and compliance work.


Are you passionate about working to preserve and protect wildlife and habitat with the National Park Service?

The successful candidate will join the Program Manager for Biological Monitors in doing a variety of wildlife monitoring and management activities that change over the seasons. About 75% of time will be spent in the field. Duties include:

  • Conduct surveys for the western snowy plover, bank swallows and northern spotted owls.

  • Service remote wildlife cameras which includes setting up cameras and switching out flash cards.

  • Conduct bird nest surveys.

The remaining time will be spent in an office setting. Duties include:

  • Enter data and assist with analysis and reporting.

  • Upload and catalog (identify animals) photos from the wildlife cameras.

  • Other wildlife management activities, such as printing and installing signs.


  • Enthusiasm for wildlife conservation - experience working with wildlife and bird monitoring a plus.

  • A love of nature, outdoor work, and getting your hands dirty.

  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor.

  • Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints.

  • Ability to work independently and take on a leadership role as needed.

  • Good communication skills; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.

  • Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with database operations ArcGIS is a plus.

  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.


  • This is a field-based position with occasional office time. Must enjoy working outside in various weather conditions while maintaining a sense of humor.

  • Hypersensitivity to poison oak may be problematic. Personal protective equipment against poison oak will be provided, but exposure to poison oak will happen.

  • Ability to lift, carry, and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds in steep terrain.


  • A stipend of $55/day ($275/week) is provided if your permanent residence is less than 50 miles from San Francisco.

  • Gain leadership and wildlife management experience with the National Park Service.

  • Opportunity to work in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park.

  • Opportunity for personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education in various departments within the Park Service and Parks Conservancy.

  • Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging park visitors.


  • Applications due by Wednesday, March 1st, 2017.

  • Desired Start Date: ASAP but no later than April 1st, 2017.

  • Length of position: through December 2017.

  • Schedule: Generally Tuesday – Saturday, full-time; some flexibility required.

  • To apply, please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter to Rachel Townsend at rachel_k_townsend@partner.nps.gov.

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 apply.