Environmental Education Intern

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
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Join the team at one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s model Visitor Services Programs!  San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located in California’s San Francisco Bay with thousands acres of wetland habitat protecting endangered species and migratory birds. You will gain experience working with the Environmental Education staff at our various refuge locations, assisting with the field trip programs with local students (K-5th grade, middle school and high school). You will also have the opportunity to staff programs and information booths at special events in the local community.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work at two different locations helping with the implementation of our field trip programs.

Week 1 and 2 – Training
  • National Wildlife Refuge background information
  • How to lead a field trip, working with youth, working with teachers
  • Working with diverse audiences, resources, and supplies
  • Computer training, vehicle training, materials and supplies training

Week 3 and 4 - Prepare for Field trips and Outreach, schedule Outreach
Week 5 – 14 – Implementation of field trips, outreach events, and general to do’s to support programming
Week 15 – 16 – Report writing, wrap up, and preparing equipment and notes for the next interns


  • In the heart of California’s high-tech industry lies a 30,000-acre oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species. The nation’s first urban national wildlife refuge sits on the southern end of San Francisco Bay. The refuge, created in 1974, was largely the result of grassroots efforts by the local community to protect the San Francisco Bay ecosystem.

    Major changes occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area following the California gold rush in 1849, creating a population boom explosive growth and development on sensitive lands surrounding the bay. The newly introduced salt industry, for example, converted tens of thousands of acres of salt marsh into commercial salt ponds. Conversion of wetlands to support development continued well into the 20th century, and today, nearly 85% of the bay’s original marshes and shorelines have been altered.

    Congressman Don Edwards, responding to local citizens who made up the South San Francisco Baylands Planning, Conservation and National Wildlife Refuge Committee, worked with Congress to create the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This group later became the Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge and in 1988 helped add additional 20,000 acres, doubling the size of the refuge. The Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge along with other Bay Area organizations work tirelessly to protect and enhance the Bay’s remaining wetlands.

    The refuge was later renamed to Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in 1995 to honor Congressman Edwards’ dedication to the refuge and its mission, which is to preserve and enhance wildlife habitat; protect migratory birds and threatened and endangered species; and provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities.

  • All of the training is on the job. However we send interns to local education related training opportunities as they arise. Project Wet, etc. Training opportunities are available throughout the internship as they arise.
  • This is the San Francisco Bay Area the hub of culture and nature! We have many many local opportunities for the SCA member to enjoy. Hiking, biking, visiting new cities and communities, going to festivals including awesome music festivals!
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
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Recreation Management
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Resource Management
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