Land Management and Research Intern (PO-00734489)


Interns for this position must be AmeriCorps education award recipients. For more information:

The Land Management and Research Interns assist reserve staff with invasive species management, ecological restoration and research, botanical surveys, erosion control, and general reserve management at the McLaughlin Reserve and in the surrounding Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument.  The 7,000-acre reserve is located in the Inner North Coast Range of California about 2.5 hours drive north of San Francisco and is managed by the University of California for academic research, teaching, and public outreach.  The reserve is known for its unique serpentine soils and exceptional native and endemic plant diversity and wildflower displays.  The interns will help implement a long-term management plan to protect and restore native plant and pollinator diversity and natural hydrologic processes.  The internship will emphasize botany, entomology, and science, with the expectation that interns will learn to identify more than 100 plant species, become comfortable using botanical keys and preparing herbarium specimens, and collect data from ongoing botanical and pollinator research projects.  Interns will spend at least 50% of their time eradicating grassland and riparian weeds by hand pulling (mostly), herbicide application, and mowing, and maintaining treatment records using ArcGIS.  Interns will survey and map rare or invasive plants using CalFlora, iNaturalist, and ArcGIS and will build or remove earth and rock structures to control erosion.  Interns may also may propagate and install native plants, install or remove fencing, maintain trails, and improve and maintain buildings and grounds.
$300/week living allowance
$650 travel allowance
$1,718 Americorps Education Award
Housing provided at no cost

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Position ID: PO-00734489

Expected Dates: March 13, 2023 - July 2, 2023

26775 Morgan Valley Rd
Lower Lake, CA 95457

Training Provided: Interns will be taught basic principles of invasive species management and will learn to safely handle and apply herbicides. Interns will be trained in plant identification, including the use of botanical keys, and will learn various mapping platforms.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Recreation opportunities on the reserve and in the surrounding National Monument include hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, canoeing, swimming and kayaking. Interns will learn about the ecology of the region and will interact with visiting researchers.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Dormitory-style housing is provided in the reserve field station, which accommodates up to 23 people.  The field station includes a kitchen, bathrooms, showers, laundry, wifi, and a gym.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association