Golden Gate National Recreation Area seeks Trails Logistics Intern

January 24, 2012


Internship Location

At the Bay Area’s doorstep are some of the most beautiful and diverse parklands anywhere. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the world’s largest National Parks situated in an urban setting which encompasses over 80,000 acres of California coastal landscape visited by some 17 million people each year. These parklands add immeasurably to the quality of life in the Bay Area. The Trails Logistics Internship works with the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust. All of these agencies work as part of the Trails Forever Initiative, which was created to accomplish the mission of establishing a world class trail system by utilizing community stewards in improving the quality of trails, supporting resource preservation and engaging the community in sustaining the parks trail system in perpetuity.

Internship Major Duties

The Trails Logistics Intern will assist the NPS Trails Program Supervisor in the administration of the Trails Program. In addition, position works with Park Trails staff to conduct condition assessments on trails, support ongoing project work throughout all Park units, develop programmatic planning tools, and assist crews maintaining Park trails. The incumbent is expected to work both independently with minimal supervision to accomplish trail, intern, and volunteer project and maintenance goals.

Help conduct condition assessments on Park trails and develop and enter data into spreadsheets.
Help oversee the condition assessments data entry
GPS Park Trails and help to translate information into GIS
Help prepare trail asset documents for Park Project Review.
Assist in developing Trails Program Site Furnishing Guidelines.
Perform needed logistic tasks in support of on-going trails operations.
Research needed supplies and materials.
Maintain trail maintenance related tools and equipment
Run logistical support errands such as purchasing and delivering tools, supplies, materials to and from job sites.
Taking and organizing minutes and notes at meetings
Assist park staff with the construction of erosion controlled structures, construction of bridges and boardwalks, routine maintenance duties such as brushing trails, out sloping tread and clearing drainage structures.
Follow NPS and OSHA safety guidelines
Ability to follow instructions from all park staff, understand and respect all park regulations and policies.
Ability to be calm and courteous during stressful situations.
Enjoy working with a diverse community of people.
Ability to work with a professional demeanor as a part of a team.
Proudly wear the NPS volunteer uniform during working hours.

Desired Knowledge and Skills

Good organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills
Good computer skills; PowerPoint, ArcGIS, GPS, Photoshop, PageMaker, Microsoft Office Suite etc.
Able to remain flexible and open to ever-changing priorities
Work on complicated projects with little supervision
Willing to perform tasks involving hard manual labor
Willingness to work both indoors and outdoors; rain or shine
Understanding of trail maintenance best practices
Familiarity and/or desire to learn how to operate tools to perform trail work including, but not limited to; power drill, rock bar, single jack, shovel, rake, axe, brushing sheers, weed trimmers and other trail maintenance tools.
Ability and/or desire to experience trail maintenance work, including but not limited to; cribbing walls, turnpikes, drainage dips, swales, installation of water bars, retaining walls, removal of brush and vegetation. Familiarity with and/or desire to learn natural and cultural history of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the role of trails in protecting these resources.

Working Conditions

Work is often performed outdoors in hilly terrain near the Pacific Coast in elevations from sea level to 2000 feet. Weather conditions range from hot, dry and dusty to foggy, cold and rainy. Interns may work and operate equipment in adverse conditions that include extended exposure to sun, wind, rain, loud noise, uneven terrain, mud and various insects. There is a frequent exposure to poison oak and ticks. At times work will include strenuous physical labor. Indoor work is performed in a typical office setting.


Application deadline: February 10, 2012
Desired start date: February 20, 2012
Length of position: 12 month
Schedule: 40 hours per week, Monday thru Thursday
Age requirement: 21 years or older
Reliable transportation required: Yes
Driver’s license required: Yes
Does position provide out-of-pocket expenses? Yes, $125/week.
Does position provide housing? Yes. Dorm-style housing is provided in the Headlands in Sausalito, CA.
Required forms: A completed volunteer application form at time of hire.


Opportunity to gain a working knowledge of trail construction and maintenance.
Training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Experience working for a Federal agency as well as a non-profit organization.
Attendance of Park Core Academy Trainings on topics ranging from Plant Physiology, Restoration Ecology Theory to Tool Maintenance and GIS.
Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of this spectacular park.
Opportunities to work with volunteers from diverse backgrounds in trail maintenance and construction.
Become a steward leader in your community.
Dorm Housing and out of pocket expenses.
Opportunity to meet other men and women from all over the world that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural lands.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter by February 10 to: 
Keith Stegall
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Trails Supervisor
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