Biological Intern

Expected Dates
May 28, 2018 to May 26, 2019
Alameda County Resource Conservation Dis
Position ID

The Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) is seeking a motivated Biological Intern to work on a wide variety of projects in Alameda County located in the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The ACRCD provides technical and educational services for natural resource conservation and agriculture enhancement. The SFPUC owns and manages 36,000 acres of the Alameda Creek Watershed to protect and provide clean and reliable drinking water to Bay Area residents while protecting and restoring watershed lands as habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species.

The intern’s duties will be diverse and reflective of the many habitats, communities, and species present in the Bay Area. The intern may have opportunities to work on projects related to environmental education and community outreach, sustainable agriculture, mitigation, rangeland improvement, and others to enhance, manage, and restore natural and working lands. This internship will be an excellent opportunity to explore different disciplines and to connect to a network of land managers and technical experts in their respected fields.  
The start date for this internship is between May 29, 2018 and June 10, 2018.  This is a full time (40 hours/week) position for one year. Though much of the intern’s duties are anticipated to be in the field, the successful applicant will be assigned to report to the ACRCD office headquarters:
Martinelli Center
3585 Greenville Road, Suite 2
Livermore, CA 94550-6710

Example land management activities:
·       Conduct field surveys to assess road condition and erosional issues ;
·       Help coordinate and execute improvements for livestock ponds; act as a support person, working directly with ranchers and grazing managers;
·       Conduct invasive plant mapping and/or surveys for rare plants or wildlife species;
·       Propagate and manage plants in a native plant nursery;
·       Assist with ongoing maintenance activities on a working organic farm and farm education field site, such as, installing irrigation, invasive plant management, hedge rows and filter strip maintenance, general site management/maintenance, coordinating with farmers;
·       Assist with propagation and cultivation of California native plants;
·       Assist with project tracking; and
·       Support report writing.
Example environmental education and community outreach:
·       Help coordinate and lead volunteer work days;
·       Assist with environmental education programs targeting disadvantaged communities and school groups;
·       Develop a community garden or school farm;
·       Develop signage and assist with the development of interpretive signs; and
·       Coordinate and assist in collaborative projects aimed at habitat restoration and wildlife management.
Interns will receive hands-on trainings as well as formal workshop style trainings over the course of a year in natural history and ecology, land management techniques, volunteer coordination, restoration skills, and program coordination, Occasional SCA/AmeriCorps trainings may also be included. The internship may include an opportunity to travel outside of the Bay Area to learn about the greater San Francisco water system from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park to the city of San Francisco.
Desired Qualifications:
·       Experience leading/facilitating youth and or volunteers of all ages through structured activities;
·       Works well independently and also in a team setting;
·       Self-motivated and demonstrates initiative;
·       Strong verbal and written communication skills;
·       Some knowledge or understanding of environmental permitting and state/federal environmental regulations;
·       Previous related experience or background in biology, environmental studies, agriculture or other related subjects or strong interest and willing to learn independently and through experience;
·       B.A. or B.S. in related subject (preferred not required);
·       Comfortable driving large trucks or willing to learn; ability to use or learn to use a variety of field tools (shovels, pick-axe, weed whackers, etc.);
·       Some experience with or exposure to GIS is desirable; and
·       Ideally a Bay Area resident.
Required Qualifications:
·       Passion for the environment and working outdoors;
·       Willing to work occasional off hours and outdoors in inclement weather;
·       Computer literate; MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Internet;
·       California State Drivers’ License with a good driving record; and
·       Must be able to commit fully to 40 hours per week; 12 month commitment.
Work days may be negotiated from an 8-hr, 5/day week to a modified schedule (e.g. four 10-hour days).  

This 52-week internship offers a living allowance of $225/week, a housing allowance of $900/month, and health insurance.

  • Alameda County…both public and private lands
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected

None listed.