by Suzanne Whelan
The district is offering unpaid internships to college students or recent grads in the field of natural resource management on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. The internships provide practical experience, direct application of skills in a professional setting, the chance to learn from personal observation and synthesis and to participate in problem-solving activities.
Internship positions are in the areas of vegetation ecology, biological monitoring, GIS (geographic information systems) and GPS (geographic position systems). Internships may be structured towards a discrete project or assist with ongoing projects, such as monitoring sudden oak death, identifying non-native, invasive plants as part of the district’s weed watcher program, updating the district’s rare plant inventory and participating in the Douglas-fir encroachment project. Interns must commit to 35 hours during a semester and have substantial knowledge in one of these disciplines or the aptitude to learn. More information and an application are available on the district’s website. Four to six interns will be accepted per semester. The closing date for applications is May 30 for the summer semester, September 1 for the fall semester, and January 15 for the spring semester.
Interested? A Saturday volunteer event would be a great place for potential interns to get an introduction to the watershed and meet staff. We have habitat restoration events one or two Saturdays per month. Visit our website for more information, details and directions.