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posted July 8, 2008

Habitat Restoration and Native Plant Propagation Internship
Redwood Creek Native Plant Nursery
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)

The GGNRA Nurseries Program seeks an intern to assist in restoration field activities, volunteer outreach, and native plant production at the Redwood Creek Native Plant Nursery and Habitat Restoration program. Located at Muir Woods National Monument, one of the gems of the National Park system, this program offers the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge native plant production and community-based ecological restoration. The nursery is one of five in the GGNRA Nursery System.

The intern will support all aspects of habitat restoration in the Redwood Creek watershed, working closely with the nursery manager and other park staff as well as independently. The internship will provide opportunities to learn the flora of the GGNRA, fundamental nursery and restoration skills, identification of plant species through botanical keys, and other aspects of community-based stewardship.

Duties:
Perform restoration activities throughout the Redwood Creek watershed including: planting and maintaining native plants; removing non-native invasive plants; and participating in ecological monitoring.
Coordinate and facilitate volunteer outreach efforts
Co-lead volunteer programs twice per week
Assist with plant propagation and maintenance
Perform tasks related to facility improvements and maintenance
Attend Park Academy trainings (covering all aspects of restoration and natural resources) and other meetings
Manage nurseries database entry

Qualifications:
Ability to perform difficult manual labor and lift 40 lbs
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Ability to work with adults and children of diverse backgrounds
Ability to work in groups and independently with little supervision
Strong organizational skills
Ability to use basic computer programs
Excellent oral and written communication skills
An active interest in volunteer recruitment and/or community stewardship
Degree in related subject (recommended, but not required)

Start Date: August 5th, 2008, or Earliest Date Available. Position is 40 hours per week, 8-12 month commitment, Tuesday through Saturday. Housing within the GGNRA is provided. Interns receive $100 per week for out-of -pocket expenses.

To apply, please send or e-mail cover letter and resume to Chris Friedel at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123 or cfriedel@parksconservancy.org.