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NPS Prairie Restoration/Botany/Range Intern

Individual Placement/Internships

Paicines, CA
ID: 3067-984

National Park Service / Pinnacles National Park – Prairie Restoration/Botany/Range Intern


Term of positions is 22 weeks; full-time commitment 5-days per week.


Paicines, CA

Living Allowance

1 position, housing not provided: $440 per week

AmeriCorps Award:

$2,417.14 (pre-tax)

Educational Status:

Bachelor's degree, plant identification class or experience, GIS/GPS experience, weed removal experience.

Start Date:

March 1, 2022

Specific training:

Hands-on mentored work experience; individual training available to meet specific interests and needs.

Application Due Date:

January 27, 2022

How to Apply

Apply on-line at:


For More Information

Contact Sierra Miller, Stewards Program Coordinator


Program Basics

The National Park Service, an agency of the US Government, is responsible for all aspects of the park management.  Its mission is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.


Specifics about position

The intern will work primarily on the habitat restoration projects, with a focus on the Prairie Restoration Project at Pinnacles National Park in Paicines, CA. This project seeks to restore grassland habitat for native plants and animals including the California Tiger Salamander and insect pollinators. A multi-year 75-acre grassland restoration study will compare different grazing regimes to mowing with and without wildflower seeding for reducing weeds and managing habitat for multiple target species. The intern will help monitor and maintain the restoration study area. Data collection and management for this study will be a significant proportion of their duties. Monitoring will involve a combination of vegetation and range monitoring techniques, many following the BLM AIM model. Plant Identification skills will be a must and range management background a significant bonus. Intern will enter and verify monitoring data using excel databases and will collect GPS data using handheld GPS-enabled tablet and crate maps using GIS software. Computer access will be required/ In addition, intern will work with other Habitat Restoration staff to control exotic plants (including yellow star thistle, field mustard, and horehound) in the restoration area and other areas, collect and clean native seeds, and increase wildflower seeding area. Intern will also help survey for rare plants as needed. These projects are vital for maintaining quality visitor experience at the park, as well as for protecting the integrity and functionality of the park ecosystem. Intern would also assist in furthering the public’s understanding of resource issues in the park by providing mini-interpretation talks and visitor contacts. This experience will provide the youth intern with a wide range of interpretation and resource management skills in 3 main areas (vegetation, wildlife and physical science) while helping to complete several critical projects.  


Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Vegetation and habitat data collection using BLM AIM and other techniques.
  • Ground Squirrel monitoring
  • Data entry and management (GIS, MS Access) – requires sitting or standing for long periods at a workstation.
  • Invasive plant control on priority species using multiple techniques that may include:
    • Hand pulling
    • Use of hand-tools
    • Brush cutters
    • Herbicide application (limited)
    • Flaming
  • Revegetation – planting seeds and plugs.
  • Seed collection
  • Hiking both on and off-trail to remote sites throughout the park across rugged terrain.
  • Taking care of tools and supplies. Tool sharpening
  • Assist working with volunteer groups (some weekend work may be required)
  • Participate in community events in local communities (e.g. science fair judge, educational talks at schools).
  • Driving a government vehicle for official use only.
  • Opportunities to cross-train with other work groups in the park:
    • Assist with condor crew in mobile tracking, carcass placement, trapping and handling condors.
    • Assist with wildlife monitoring and management.
    • Assist with trail rehabilitation


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team or independently.
  • Attention to detail.


Mandatory Requirements:

  • Plant Identification Experience
  • Willingness to work outside and hike up to 10 miles per day.
  • Ability to hike in steep terrain carrying up to 40 lbs of gear/equipment.
  • Ability to work safely in adverse weather conditions and during exposure to poison oak, biting insects, and rattlesnakes.
  • Possession of a current valid driver’s license
  • Must be between ages 18-30.
  • Must be a US Citizen, National, or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the United States

This position will be required to submit periodic reports and a final report during their term of service.

This position is located in Paicines, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.