In this year-long, full-time internship, you will support the youth programs team to introduce and engage local youth and community groups to Mount Tamalpais and surrounding open space. Working as part of the One Tam Team, this position will support hands-on service opportunities, and field science activities. Your primary responsibility will be learning how to conduct lessons in experiential learning, and create youth-friendly activities which encourage a connection to and appreciation of parks, open space, and their cultural and natural resources.

One Tam is a land management collaborative comprised of the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District, Marin County Parks, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. One Tam combines the skills and resources of its partners to support work that is vital to the health of the mountain, enriches the experience of its visitors, and inspires and educates a new generation of stewards. Our combined efforts include ecological restoration, trail improvements, wayfinding signage, wildlife monitoring, volunteer and youth programs,?and more.

What will I learn and do as an intern?

A key difference between a job and an internship is that an internship emphasizes training, job skill development, and exposure to different career paths. One Tam internships are rich experiences with a lot of variety in day-to-day activities and many opportunities to meet people doing interesting work. Here are some of the skills interns develop:

Community Engagement

Tabling and community outreach
Event planning and management
Photography and social media content development
Meeting facilitation
Time management and prioritization working in a partnership environment
Outreach to high school students and local communities
Support mobile outreach truck at local community events, festivals, tabling and events with the One tam Roving Ranger in cooperation with park staff, partner agencies, & community groups
Learn to develop interpretive engagement materials
Capture, edit, and share digital media to promote programs through social media

Youth & Education Programs

Group management indoors and in the field (e.g., volunteer events, elementary school field trips)
Environmental education delivery to children and youth
Lead youth in hands on service learning projects in cultural and natural resource conservation projects
Youth mentorship; work with youth to enhance their leadership, teamwork, and professional skills
Learn to develop and deliver culturally relevant outdoor programs
Support the 6 week LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natural Communities) high school summer internship

Additional Skills

Habitat Restoration and Community Science
4WD vehicle operation
Cross-country navigation
Tool maintenance
Wilderness medicine and risk management

Our team is looking for someone with….

Passionate about youth development in the outdoors and experiential education
Desire to work with youth with diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, viewpoints, and social and economic backgrounds
Loves nature, working outdoors, and getting your hands dirty
Ability to be detail-oriented and organized, self-motivated, conscientious, and adaptable
Strong desire to gain more experience in public speaking
Ability to work independently and assume a leadership role as needed
Values teamwork and leadership development; can give and receive constructive feedback
Desire to work in a team and to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
Basic computer literacy: Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive.
Strong desire to gain or improve on wilderness skills, such as cross-country navigation, off-road driving, and wilderness first aid
Appreciation for a mix of office work and the outdoors
Bilingual in Spanish or other language not required, but a plus.
A valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and ability to pass a LiveScan (fingerprint) background check.
Ability to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule during school year and Monday – Friday during the summer

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

This position involves work outdoors during all weather conditions and hiking on varied and uneven terrain.
Work is performed in an office setting 1-2 days per week and outdoors 3-4 days per week
Intern will drive company vehicle on windy roads for up to 4 hours at a time
Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 40 pounds and hike upon 10 miles over uneven terrain
Ability to work outdoors up to 6 hours per day in inclement weather, on steep slopes, and in areas with poison oak and ticks
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


If your permanent residence is more than 50 miles from San Rafael: A taxable stipend of $45/day ($225/week); government housing, and transportation to work sites from government housing. Housing is a single-occupancy, dormitory-style building in the Marin Headlands. Basic accommodations include a furnished private room, shared kitchen, and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract, abide by residential rules, and help maintain the household. Housing does not accommodate partners, family members, or pets. Housing is limited.
If your permanent residence is less than 50 miles from San Rafael: A taxable stipend of $75/day ($375/week) is provided. Housing will not be provided. Applicant must be at least 21 years old to live in dorms.

Other Benefits

Receive training in AED/CPR, Wilderness First Aid
Special access to Park Academy classes; variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more!
Opportunity to take personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the One Tam area of focus.
Opportunity to work in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular natural area


Desired start date: October 2019
Length of position: one year from start
Schedule: 40 hours/ week, generally Tuesday – Saturday, full-time; with need to occasionally work different days of the week. Including 2 – 3 overnight camping programs.
Vacation and sick time provided.
Must be over 21 years old (per vehicle insurance requirements).
Based out of 1600 Los Gamos Drive, San Rafael, CA.
US Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number required

To apply

Complete this electronic form: https://One Tam Youth & Education Internship 2019 -2020
Upload one (1) PDF file that includes your resume, a thoughtful cover letter, and the names and contact information of three (3) references.

Applications close on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Interviews will begin in the following two weeks of August.

Additional questions may be addressed to Grecia Solis Pacheco, [email protected] Please use the subject header 2019-2020