Invasive Species Intern

Expected Dates
March 13, 2019 to May 1, 2019
San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
NOTE:  No housing is available for this position, so the ideal candidate will already be living in the area encompassing Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Napa, Vallejo or the East Bay.  There is a housing allowance included in the position.

An SCA Intern will conduct new inventory of invasive weeds on the Marin Islands and within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  The intern will also participate in c
ontrol activity of priority weed species. Specific tasks include:
a)       In May 2019, the SCA intern will monitor and map all patches of Tetragonia tetragonoides and Limonium ramossisium that were treated  in 2017 and 2018 to determine treatment management  needs for 2019
b)       In June 2019, the SCA intern will monitor and map all patches of Dittrichia graveolens and again Limonium ramossisium treated in 2017 and 2018 to inform re-treatment management for 2019.
c)       The SCA intern will lead “Weed Control Parties” at the Marin Islands NWR.  We have a devoted group (Bay Area Sea Kayakers) and individual volunteers who will help at these “Parties”.  We anticipate at least 4 such “Parties” between 8/1/2018 and 9/30/2019, with between 5 and 10 volunteers each, for at least 5 hours, totaling between 100 and 200 hours of volunteer work controlling invasive weeds.
d)       Between May and June, the SCA intern will assist the Refuge Biologist in performing the trial use of the Invasive Species and Early Detection Rapid Response Monitoring Plan for Marin Islands to monitor and map the top priority invasive weed species on East Marin Island, and compare generated data to 2018 Inventory data to detect spread of any invasive weed populations
e)       Between May and August 2019 the SCA intern may (not a requirement) assist the Refuge Biologist (a licensed applicator) in chemically and manually re-treat all patches of T. tetragoniodes, L. ramossisiumum, and D. graveolens treated in 2017 and 2018 and identified as still existing in 2019, through monitoring on the refuge.
f)        In May-June 2019, monitor, map and chemically treat (chemical treatment is not a requirement) all identified patches of Lepidium latifolium in the following management units of SPBNWR: Tolay Creek, Lower Tubbs Island, Tubbs Island Setback, Sonoma Creek West, Sonoma Baylands, Strip Marsh West.
g)       The Refuge Biologist will conduct and train an SCA intern to recognize, detect and monitor inventoried weeds on Marin Islands NWR and previously treated weeds on the San Pablo Bay NWR in May of 2019.
*Refuge Biologist will train and help the SCA intern to conduct all activities and will provide all appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • San Pablo Bay NWR is located north of San Francisco
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Leadership Experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience