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Current Internship Opportunities

 
Three individuals standing ankle-deep in water use a finely woven net attempt to catch juvenile fish in a tree-lined creek.
Coho salmon broodstock seining in Olema Creek.

Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program: San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Intern
The Mosaics in Science Diversity Intern will be paired with the San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Network (SFAN) fishery biologist in a twelve-week-long (June 6, 2022, through August 29, 2022) biological field assistantship where they will have opportunities for in-depth learning while collecting vital information on endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. By assisting with the SFAN I&M Coho and Steelhead monitoring program, the Mosaics in Science Intern will receive in-depth education on techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead, along with other fish species.
Application deadline: Sunday, January 23, 2022
See https://www.mosaicsinscience.org/job/biology-assistant-4/ for more information about the internship and how to apply.

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Closeup of a tiny orange nudibranch on the purple arm of an ochre star just below the surface of a tidepool.
A red sponge nudibranch (Rostanga pulchra) on the arm of an ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) in a tidepool at Steep Ravine.

Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program: San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Network Science Communication Assistant
The Mosaics in Science Diversity Intern will be an integral part of the San Francisco Area Inventory and Monitoring Network (SFAN) Science Communication Team for 12 weeks starting around May 23, 2022. They'll help to spread the word about the network's monitoring work at Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and other national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area, and what scientists are learning from it, to parks and the public. The intern's primary duties will involve producing sets of web and social media-based communication materials about their experiences with 3–4 of the network monitoring programs. They will join monitoring program leads/teams in the field for several days apiece. They'll spend some of their field time as a member of the monitoring team, learning about and participating in program specific monitoring activities. For the remainder of their field days, the intern will be responsible for recording and documenting their experiences and the work of the monitoring teams via their preferred medium (photography, videography, audio, drawing/painting/illustration). Network and/or partner-owned photo, video, and audio equipment will be available for intern use as needed. Back in the office, the intern will consider what resonated with them about the monitoring programs, work with the Science Communication Team to set goals and plan out their projects, and assemble their finished communication products.
Application deadline: Sunday, January 23, 2022
See https://www.mosaicsinscience.org/job/science-communication-assistant-3/ for more information about the internship and how to apply.

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Two people traverse the the top of a vibrant, scrub-covered coastal dune, towards the ocean, on their way to a plant community monitoring plot.
Two San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network Biology Assistants walking to a dune plant community monitoring plot.

Scientists in Parks Internship Program: San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Network Biology Assistants
The San Francisco Area Inventory and Monitoring Network (SFAN) is currently recruiting two interns to assist in the implementation of our vegetation protocols. One intern will join the Invasive Species Early Detection (ISED) team with the mission of finding, mapping, and collecting biological data on new invasive species occurrences throughout our network parks. This will involve electronic data collection and mapping with handheld devices, analysis of spatial data, many hours of field experience in a variety of ecosystems, and the opportunity to pursue an independent project of interest. Our second intern will join the Plant Community Monitoring (PCM) team, re-visiting established permanent plots as well as installing new plots in target community types throughout the SFAN parks. The PCM team collects an array of standard vegetation data including woody species cover transects, forest fuels measurements, and understory plant and ground cover; and we spend plenty of time on unknown plant identification too! The PCM intern will also have the opportunity to complete an independent research project, and both ISED and PCM interns may have the opportunity to join other network vital signs for a variety of field experiences. Internships start on May 1, 2022, and will last for 20 weeks. Housing will likely be available at Point Reyes National Seashore or Fort Cronkhite in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Application deadline: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Learn more about the Invasive Species Early Detection opportunity and how to apply at https://rock.geosociety.org/eo/viewJob.asp?jobID=3329
Learn more about the Plant Community Monitoring opportunity and how to apply at https://rock.geosociety.org/eo/viewJob.asp?jobID=3328

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General Internship Inquiries

For general internship inquiries, please email the following information to the park's volunteer coordinator:

  • Name, email, phone number
  • Resume and/or list of classes completed
  • Type of work requested
  • Availability
  • Need for housing and/or reimbursement for meals and transportation

Once we receive this information, we will forward it to the park staff and inquire as to what opportunities might be available.

If you have any questions, you may contact us at 415-464-5225 or by email.

 

Past Internship Opportunities

See below for some of the internships we have included in the past. Get to know some of our former interns.

 
A ranger, a Community Volunteer Ambassador, and a volunteer stand together behind a table under a canopy.
2019 Community Volunteer Ambassador May Slen with Ranger Doug and Volunteer John.

Community Volunteer Ambassador

Are you, or do you know, someone who is 18–30 years old (35 years old if a veteran), and who is interested in a career with the National Park Service? During the late fall of 2021, Point Reyes National Seashore was recruiting for a Community Volunteer Ambassador intern (CVA) who would have service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve natural resources. In particular, the CVA works alongside park staff to develop, grow, and diversify the Visitor Services and Trail Patrol volunteer programs. The CVA has ample opportunities to exercise program development skills, including identifying and devising new solutions and approaches, planning, and implementation. The CVA also performs program administration by helping to manage the operations of both programs. The internship is a 1-year, paid internship for those 18–30 years old (35 years old if a veteran).

The internship starts on February 7, 2022. The CVA will receive:

  • Free housing
  • A baseline living allowance of $500/week
  • An AmeriCorps Award of $6,345 (pretax), and
  • Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon completion of the internship (non-competitive hiring status for federal jobs for two years following the completion of the internship)

The application due date was Friday, December 17, 2021. See CVA Listings & How to Apply | Become a Community Volunteer Ambassador (cvainternships.org) for more information about the internship and how to apply.

 
A man and a woman dressed in red volunteer vests holding a white board with a title of "Elephant Seal Report" at the edge of a beach.
Interns Kevin and Ada at Drakes Beach on January 23, 2021.

Scientists In Parks Internship Program: Point Reyes National Seashore, Natural Resource Interpretive Assistant
This was a 12-week internship (January–March) with the park's Science and Interpretation Divisions. The intern was responsible for assisting Point Reyes National Seashore staff in educating the public on the natural history, research, and protection of elephant seals, ensuring the safety of the elephant seals and visitors at Drakes Beach, and monitoring elephant seals within the park.
This position was offered through the National Park Service's Scientists in Parks (SIP) Program in partnership with Stewards Individual Placement Program and the Geological Society of America's (GSA) Scientist in Parks Program.

Visit the Geological Society of America's Online Application System for more details about the position.

The application deadline was June 13, 2021.

 
Children, some with hands raised, face a young Latino man in a picnic area.

Latino Heritage Internship Program: Point Reyes National Seashore Interpretation, Outreach, and Digital Communication Intern
The intern will be an integral part of the Division of Interpretation during the busy summer season, providing park orientation, presenting interpretive programs, and furthering outreach to under-resourced communities. These will all be mitigated through COVID-19 safety precautions.

There will be two crucial parts to the intern's work. One will be to promote diversity, relevancy, and inclusion through outreach and community engagement, especially in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association for Latino Conservation Week events. The second will be to promote interpretation and resource education through digital communication, helping create Section 508-compliant content for social media and the park website. 508 compliance means the park's social media will be accessible to all. And, in turn, Point Reyes is a more inclusive place for visitors to have the opportunity to forge connections with park resources.
More Details
The application deadline was February 7, 2021.

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Three individuals standing ankle-deep in water use a finely woven net attempt to catch juvenile fish in a tree-lined creek.

Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program: San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Intern
The Mosaics in Science Diversity Intern will be paired with the San Francisco Area Network (SFAN) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) fishery biologist in a twelve-week-long (May 2021, through August 2021) biological field assistantship where they will have opportunities for in-depth learning while collecting vital information on endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. By assisting with the SFAN I&M Coho and Steelhead monitoring program, the Mosaics in Science Intern will receive in-depth education on techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead, along with other fish species.
Application deadline: January 24, 2021

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Latino Heritage Internship Program: Point Reyes National Seashore Interpretation and Outreach Assistant
The intern was an integral part of the Division of Interpretation during the busy summer season, providing park orientation, presenting interpretive programs, and furthering outreach to under-resourced communities. There were two crucial parts to the intern's work: one was to promote diversity, relevancy, and inclusion through outreach and community engagement, especially leading up to events; the second was to promote interpretation and resource education through the creation of roving materials and actively roving in different sites throughout Point Reyes National Seashore.
Application deadline: February 7, 2020

Latino Heritage Internship Program: San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Intern
The Latino Heritage Intern was paired with the San Francisco Area Network (SFAN) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) fishery biologist in an eleven-week-long (May, 2020, through August, 2020) biological field assistantship where they had an opportunity for in-depth learning while collecting vital information on endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead within Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. By assisting with the SFAN I&M Coho and Steelhead monitoring program, the Latino Heritage Intern received in-depth education on techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead along with other fish species. In addition, members were exposed to restoration techniques being applied to increase the chance of species survival for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Application deadline: February 7, 2020

Historic Preservation Team Intern
Application deadline: December 31, 2017

Volunteer Program Management Internship
The intern in this position assumed, under the direction and mentorship of the park's Volunteer Program Manager, primary responsibility in the management, coordination, and supervision of the Tule Elk Docent Program at Point Reyes National Seashore. The Tule Elk Docent Program is designed to help volunteer docents and the general public strengthen their connections with and foster stewardship of Point Reyes National Seashore. This is accomplished by training and supporting docents to provide opportunities for visitors to view, understand, and appreciate tule elk during the rut, or mating season.
Application deadline: June 9, 2017

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Last updated: January 6, 2022

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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