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.
Recent Projects Have Included
Sudden Oak Death monitoring
Forest succession monitoring in relation to Douglas-fir encroachment, lack of fire and French broom
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