Natural Resource Program Internships

MMWD offers unpaid internships in the field of natural resource management on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. The internships provide students with practical experience and direct application in a professional setting. Internships also give participants the chance to learn from personal observation and synthesis, to participate directly in problem-solving activities, and to better prepare students for their careers or continuing education.

Internship positions available are involved with vegetation ecology, biological monitoring, GIS, and GPS. Ecological monitoring methods, mapping, and plant identification will be central skills developed. Interns' activities will support such projects as updating rare plant and weed distribution maps and assisting with our bioblitz. Mentorship is provided by MMWD's volunteer coordinator, vegetation ecologist, and GIS specialist.
bioblitz plant pressing photo
forest lab intern photo
Recent Projects Have Included
  • Sudden Oak Death monitoring
  • Forest succession monitoring in relation to Douglas-fir encroachment, lack of fire and French broom
  • Botanical Safaris
  • GIS mapping of all culverts on the mountain
  • Habitat and visitor use assessment of creeks for frog re-introduction
  • Smolt trapping in Lagunitas Creek
  • Rare plant mapping
  • Wildlife Picture Index Project cataloging and camera servicing
Students must commit to 40 hours during a semester and have substantial knowledge in one of these disciplines or the aptitude to learn. Internships may be structured towards a discrete project or assist with ongoing monitoring projects listed above. We accept four to six interns per semester. Students must first submit an application.

A Saturday volunteer event would be a great place for potential interns to get an introduction to the watershed and meet staff. We have habitat restoration events one or two Saturdays per month. Visit our Habitat Restoration page for more information, details and directions.

2016 Application Deadlines 
  • Closing date for spring semester applications: January 8, 2016, training end of January
  • Closing date for summer semester applications: May 25, 2016, training beginning of June

Position Descriptions
Natural Resource Program Intern - GIS
Natural Resource Program Intern - Vegetation
Natural Resource Program Intern - Wildlife Monitoring


*There are no fall internships.