Natural Resource and Water Quality Interns (local candidates preferred.)

Expected Dates
August 1, 2022 to February 12, 2023
City of Houston Parks and Rec Dept.
Position ID
Natural Resource and Water Quality Interns for Local Candidates 
Interns will work as a part of the Natural Resources Management Program team at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Their primary focus will be on multiple riparian forest habitat restoration projects within City of Houston Parks. Daily tasks will include removing invasive species and installing native trees along Sims Bayou. Monthly water sampling will take place at each of the sites through the Texas Stream Team program. Interns will also assist with HPARD’s plant propagation program, in which plants are grown to be installed at various habitat restoration projects throughout Houston. Interns will be trained on propagation techniques for growing trees, grasses, and other native plants from seed.

These restoration projects are part of the City’s Riparian Restoration Initiative, in which all parks adjacent to waterways will be reforested and restored. The resulting riparian forests will work to improve the water quality in Houston’s bayous, provide critical wildlife habitat, improve air quality, and store carbon.

Preferred candidates have a demonstrated interest in habitat restoration and natural resources, have a positive attitude, and work well on a team. The work schedule will be Monday – Friday from 6:30am – 3:30pm with occasional Saturdays required.

*This position does not provide housing so candidates must be local or have the ability to identify their own housing in the Houston area.

Intern Living Allowance: $520.00 per week
No travel allowance
Local Candidates Preferred.

The interns in this position must accept the AmeriCorps education award.
position qualifies for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

*All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

Tag: SCA1957
  • Townwood park
    FM Law park
    Margaret Jenkins park
    Sim Bayou parks
  • Habitat restoration
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience