Reserve Management Intern

Expected Dates
April 2, 2018 to July 22, 2018
McLaughlin Natural Reserve
Position ID
Interns for this position must be AmeriCorps education award recipients. For more information:

The Reserve Management Interns will help reserve staff with invasive species management, ecological restoration, erosion control, facilities improvement, and general reserve management at the McLaughlin Reserve and in the surrounding Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument.  The 7000-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 research, teaching, and public outreach.  It is known for its unique serpentine soils and native and endemic plant diversity.  The interns will help implement a long-term management plan to protect and restore native plant diversity and hydrologic processes.  The interns will spend most of their time eradicating grassland and riparian weeds by hand pulling, herbicide application, and mowing.  In addition, interns will build natural rock structures to control erosion in streams, build herbivore exclosures around restoration plantings, propagate native plants, assist visiting researchers with data collection, install or removing fencing, maintain trails, and improve and maintain buildings and grounds.

  • The Donald and Sylvia McLaughlin Reserve is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, whose mission is to protect diverse California ecosystems for research, teaching, and public outreach. The McLaughlin Reserve is known for it unique serpentine soils and botanically diverse plant communities. The Reserve is in the Inner North Coast Range of California about 2.5 hours drive north of San Francisco. Terrain is rugged with elevations ranging from 1000 to 3000 feet. Vegetation consists of chaparral, oak woodands, and grassland. The climate is Mediterranean, with cold wet winters and hot dry summers. The reserve is twenty-five minutes outside the rural town of Lower Lake.
  • Interns will be taught basic principles of invasive species management and will learn to safely handle and apply herbicides. Interns will be taught to identify and repair problem erosion points in streams by building natural rock structures.
  • Recreation opportunities on the reserve and in the surrounding National Monument include hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Interns will learn about the ecology of the region and will interact with visiting researchers.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Orienteering compass skills
some experience