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Volunteer: Internships: California Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) Data/Office Manager


  • Process Exotic Plant Management Team data and assure quality in a timely fashion
  • Facilitate upkeep and document creation for NPS Sharepoint Site
  • Assist with control of invasive plant management projects at (primarily) Point Reyes National Seashore
  • Provide exceptional service to 14 national parks
  • Provide intern opportunities for experience and skill development


  • Coordinate data acquisition and quality management; data documentation (metadata); data archiving and security; and data retrieval, reporting and dissemination. Maintain the Alien Plant Control and Monitoring (APCAM) database to assist the Washington office, the California Exotic Plant Management Program and park personnel
  • Assist program lead with general program responsibilities (program budget, etc.)
  • Perform field work involving invasive plant control (mostly manual and possibly herbicide applications)

Knowledge/Skills/Experience Desired

  • Solid social skills are desired, as this position requires coordination with managers from 14 National Parks to ensure that data management practices and databases meet national standards
  • Proficiency with database-related software (e.g., Access, Excel)
  • Proficiency with word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word)
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets: knowledge of database design activities; evaluation and entry of external data; designing, implementing and maintaining databases
  • Intern must have organizational skills and an ability to work autonomously on projects; position lends itself to self starters and highly motivated individuals

Training will be provided for APCAM (Access database) and AFS.

Benefits to the Intern

  • The intern will learn about exotic plants and their impacts in Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • The intern will gain experience and develop skills relating to data and budget management with the EPMT.
  • The intern will gain experience and understanding of potential careers with the National Park Service, as well as developing networking structure with 14 National Parks.
  • The intern will have the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful places in North America. Point Reyes National Seashore contains beautiful rolling oak woodlands, expansive ocean views, and a diversity of cultural and historic sites including the Point Reyes Lighthouse. For more information go to www.nps.gov/PORE.

Schedule and Time Commitment
The internship will take place from May 24-November 19, 2010, 40 hours/week.

Minimum Age

Accommodations and Reimbursements
Housing and a $20/day stipend will be provided as permitted by Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) park policy.

Application and Contact Information
Please apply under the Current Opportunities listing. For more information, contact Bobbi Simpson at 415-464-5190 or email.

Application Deadline
April 15, 2010

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