Be a Youth & Community Leader
Be a Park Hero
Are you passionate about working with youth, building community and restoring open space?
We are looking for a Youth and Community Engagement Intern that is excited to work with a broad range of audiences, especially youth, in the Golden Gate National Parks through a variety of service and learning opportunities.
The Park Stewardship Program engages and sustains a vibrant community of park stewards in the restoration of priority parklands within the Golden Gate National Parks. Engagement of local youth in the care of these parklands is a key component of this work. With an understanding that active engagement in the care of parklands leads to a deeper appreciation of their value, the Park Stewardship Program works to educate the community, especially youth, about the value of public lands, and provide meaningful service learning opportunities on active restoration projects. In addition, the program works to foster and nurture partnerships with local community groups and has developed numerous long-term educational partnerships.
Overview of internship
Working as part of a team, the intern will develop and lead service and learning programs that support the stewardship goals of the Park. This involves organization and coordination of educational programs and specialized volunteer workdays for youth, adults, school groups, corporate groups, and community
Description of Duties
Co-lead the LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natural Community) summer youth program
- Outreach to local youth especially to those in underserved communities
- Recruit and interview youth applicants
- Lead youth in cultural and natural resource conservation projects
- Work with youth to enhance leadership, job, and professional skills
Organize and facilitate service-learning programs for youth during the school year
- Perform outreach and build partnerships with local high schools and youth organizations
- Develop and deliver informal environmental education curriculum to promote conservation and support habitat restoration efforts.
- Organize and lead outdoor trips and restoration projects for youth
Assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program and coordinating outreach.
- Plan for and assist with weekly habitat restoration volunteer workdays
- Recruit, coordinate, train and retain volunteers
- Develop outreach materials to promote participation in the Park Stewardship Program and protection of park resources
- Utilize social media to organize volunteer events, share pictures and perform outreach
- Enter volunteer program records into database
- Import and organize digital images Time provided, assist other team members in leading habitat restoration volunteer events including removal of invasive plants, planting of natives, working in native plant nurseries and trail maintenance
- Enthusiasm for working with youth and the community in general
- A love of nature, outdoor work, and getting your hands dirty
- Interest in ecological restoration, environmental education and community stewardship
- Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor
- Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
- Ability to work independently and take on a leadership role as needed
- Good communication skills; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively
- Basic computer literacy, Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with database operations,
- Photoshop/InDesign or video editing a plus.
- A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and willingness to obtain a Class B commercial driver’s license.
- Bi-lingual skills are a plus.
Physical Requirements and Work Conditions
- Desire and ability to work outdoors (at times in inclement weather, on steep slopes, and in proximity to poison oak).
- Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
- Weekly out-of-pocket expenses of $125/week is provided with dorm-style housing OR $250/week without housing
- Gain youth leadership and restoration experience at a highly respected non-profit organization with a model partnership between two Federal agencies.
- Opportunity to attend free Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including interpretive speaking, resume building, interview skills, natural history, flora and fauna, , and much more!
- Live, work and play in a spectacular National Park.
- Opportunities to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest
- in preserving and protecting our natural lands while engaging the next generation of park stewards.
- Desired Start Date: early October, 2013
- Length of Position: 12 month commitment
- Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tues-Sat schedule with occasional early, late, or overnight days