Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 28, 2020

Natural Resource Management Intern II at the County of San Mateo

San Mateo County Parks system consists of 22 parks, historic sites, and regional trails. The properties have a wide variety of habitats, species, and visitor use.The Natural Resource Management Program is focused on protecting and enhancing all natural resources within the park system. This includes habitat restoration, vegetation and invasive species management, native and invasive species mapping, wildlife monitoring, and volunteer stewardship activities.

The Natural Resource Management Intern II will report to San Bruno Mountain State and County Park, Coyote Point Recreation Area, or 455 County Center, Redwood City. The intern’s primary duties will be in supporting wildlife and plant research and monitoring efforts for the San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan.

NOTE: This is an extra-help, at-will assignment, paid on an hourly basis. Some extra help positions are eligible for benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Extra help employees are not guaranteed permanent status at the end of the assignment.
Examples Of DutiesA Natural Resource Management Intern II would be responsible for:

  • Conducting field surveys and monitoring for the Federally Endangered mission blue, callippe silverspot, and San Bruno elfin butterflies and their host plants at San Bruno Mountain.
  • Conducting high-priority habitat enhancement and data collection activities throughout San Bruno Mountain, including the collection of work performed spatial data, the implementation of revegetation and weed suppression experiments, and wildlife monitoring.
  • Assisting with research, planning, and implementation of conservation cattle grazing pilot program at San Bruno Mountain.
  • Conducting vegetation management including landscape reconnaissance, native plant and weed mapping, and weed management using manual, mechanical, and chemical control methods.
  • Managing and organizing data, including conducting quality assessment and quality control of data, electronically sorting and filing landscape, vegetation, and wildlife photos, and recording occurrences of natural resource management tasks in an electronic archive.
  • Coordination with other Natural Resource Management, Volunteer Coordinator, and Interpretive staff.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to learn new skills, ability to follow directions, a good attitude, effective communication skills, ability to work well independently, strong organization skills, and a high attention to detail when conducting field tasks and recording and entering data. The candidate will have the ability to work full days outdoors in all weather conditions and variable terrain, independently or as part of a team. Exposure to inclement weather, poison oak, and biting or stinging insects is anticipated. This position requires driving to different park locations, using County Radios, and manual labor including handling power-driven tools. This position may also involve herbicide application under the supervision of a licensed applicator.

This is a full-time position that will require the Natural Resource Management Intern to work the following hours*:
Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change depending on timing constraints for specific work tasks.

This position has the tentative start date of Monday, February 22, 2021. This position will expire once 1040 hours is achieved.

There is 1 opening for this position.


  • Current students with at least one year of college level education in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Biological Sciences, or related fields. Recent graduates are also welcome to apply.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in related work is desired.
  • General knowledge of plants, and ability to learn and identify plant species.
  • General knowledge of San Francisco Bay Area terrestrial fauna, particularly lepidoptera local to San Bruno Mountain.
  • Experience in field research methods and data collection, management, and analysis.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS (Desktop and Online) desired.
  • Interest and enthusiasm for the environment.
  • CPR/First Aid certified (may be able to attend parks training).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license authorized for use in the state of California.
  • Access to a vehicle that can be used for transportation to and from the field each day.

Application/Examination*Please note that there are no housing facilities for interns. You are responsible for your own housing and meals.

How to apply:
Please submit an online application. A copy of your resume and cover letter are required attachments to the application.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County’s website, you may click the “Apply Online” button above or below. If you are not on the County’s website, please go to to apply.

For questions about this internship, please contact Evan Cole at For questions/comments/issues relating to the application process and material submissions, please contact Sara Townsend at

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community’s needs. The County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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