Salmonid Monitoring Internship (September 2017 through June 2018)

Turtle Island Restoration Network, located in west Marin County, Calif. is seeking a qualified individual for the Salmonid Monitoring Internship.

Starting September 2017 through May 2018

Full Time-  40hrs a week

Shared housing provided- 2 per room

Opportunity to volunteer at food bank in exchange for weekly groceries

Position Description:

SPAWN is seeking to fill a residential Salmonid Monitoring Internship to assist SPAWN Staff with  adult and juvenile salmonid monitoring programs in the Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Under supervision from SPAWN staff, the Salmonid Monitoring Intern will be responsible for conducting surveys of spawning adult salmonids, assisting with juvenile smolt monitoring, data collection and entry, report writing, as well as gathering and organizing research materials and equipment. The intern will gain technical skills in research and monitoring of an endangered species. In addition to these tasks intern will support day to day work of the organization from habitat restoration to supporting weekly volunteer events. This position is a minimum 40 hour work week with a wide range of skills. Weekend and evening events are required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting with surveys of spawning adults and juvenile smolts from November through June
  • Juvenile salmonid rescue and relocation.
  • Data collection and entry
  • Report writing
  • Leading public creek walks to look for spawning salmon
  • Organizing and maintaining biological research equipment
  • Assisting with habitat restoration projects
  • Assisting with native plant nursery
  • Work with volunteers and public groups
  • Assisting organizational advocacy efforts for salmon- as well as sea turtles and sharks

Qualifications and Skills Desired:

  • Experience in fisheries biology/ ecology
  • Experience collecting, entering, and organizing biological monitoring data
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively to members of the public
  • Ability to work independently and organize oneself
  • Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently (Windows Office)
  • Driver’s license (own vehicle a plus)
  • Ability to project a positive image with community
  • Organization skills with attention to detail.

This position requires a full-time commitment.  Working hours are typically 40+ hours a week, 9 am to 5 pm Saturdays-Wednesdays.  This is a full-time, unpaid internship. Housing is provided. We are unable to provide positive references for interns who fail to complete their contract.

About Turtle Island’s SPAWN program:

SPAWN works to protect imperiled salmonids, countless other species, and their habitat in the Lagunitas Watershed, West Marin County, Calif. This watershed supports one of the largest populations of endangered coho salmon in California, and also maintains populations of threatened steelhead trout and endangered freshwater shrimp. SPAWN bases their community restoration, research, education, outreach and advocacy efforts on science-based conservation principles.

Please email a resume and cover letter (include any fish handling experience, not required but beneficial) for the Salmonid Monitoring Internship to