Phenology Monitoring Internship National Park Service John Muir

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Position Description
The Phenology Monitoring Internship is designed to prepare students for careers in Biology and Environmental Sciences. Phenology is the study of seasonal biological events, particularly in plants and animals (for example, studying why the flowers of a plant bloom during certain times of the year and under certain conditions is phenology). Student internship work may include studying local biological resources, collecting data from phenology monitoring and study sites, biological data entry, and analysis of data. The skills and knowledge learned from this internship include but are not limited to, phenology and phenology study methods, scientific techniques, the mission and history of the National Park Service, professionalism, and public speaking. Interns will also learn how to work as a team, how to communicate the project to others, and how to develop a career in the environmental field.

Parks: John Muir National Historic Site

Open to: High school and early College Students

Internship Work Responsibilities include:

  • Hiking to monitoring sites at the Muir House and Mt. Wanda (~2miles)
  • Working in a team environment (high school interns will always work in pairs)
  • Collecting plant phenology data using an iPad
  • Learning and applying knowledge of climate change and its impacts to native plants
  • Applying basic biology concepts and methods in a field setting
  • Helping with community outreach and education efforts

Internship Qualifications:

  • Interest in Environmental/Biological Sciences or other related fields
  • Strong communication skills (verbal & written); use of appropriate language
  • Observant and strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work well on a team
  • Ability to hike ~2 miles in various outdoor conditions

Internship Requirements:

  • Ability to balance academic and work commitments
  • Agree to and sign Volunteer Service Agreement after selected for internship
  • Maintain a professional demeanor and appropriately represent the National Park Service

Hours and Commitment:

  • Minimum commitment of once/week during the spring/summer
  • Hiking the phenology route and collecting data takes 2-3 hours

This packet includes (Download Link)

1. Internship Summary

2. Internship Application

Application Checklist (required)

Application for Internship

Two References (contact information)

IMORTANT: Applicants must complete and submit all items on the Student Checklist to be considered for this Internship.

DUE DATE: October 31, 2022

To apply:

Email completed application to:


Mail to: Natural Resources

John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Ave,

Martinez CA, 94553


Drop off at the John Muir NHS Visitor Center

Business hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm

4202 Alhambra Ave.

Martinez, CA 94553

For more information contact:

Hannah Blank (

Victoria Seher (, 925-330-1699)

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Mailing Address:

4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez , CA 94553


925 228-8860

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