San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program

Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Intern -  San Francisco, CA

Position Type: LHIP Internship
Primary Field: Resource Management

This proposed project requests one Latino Heritage Intern to assist with the San Francisco Area Network (SFAN) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program based at Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE). The SFAN Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program collects vital population data on salmon within PORE and Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA) lands. A number of endangered species exist within PORE and GOGA lands with one of these species, coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), considered a stronghold against regional population extinction. Coho Salmon are estimated to be at less than 1% of their historic population size with PORE and GOGA home to populations that are considered vital for the species recovery within California.

The Latino Heritage Intern will be paired with the SFAN Inventory and Monitoring Program (I&M) fishery biologist in a 11 week (May, 2020 through August, 2020 time frame) biological field assistantship where they will have an opportunity for in-depth learning while collecting vital information on endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead within PORE and GOGA. By assisting with the SFAN I&M Coho and Steelhead monitoring program, the Latino Heritage Intern will receive in-depth education on techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead along with other fish species. In addition, members will be exposed to restoration techniques being applied to increase the chance of species survival for the enjoyment of generations to come.

The Latino Heritage Intern will be integrated into the coho and steelhead monitoring team based at PORE. They will work directly with other coho and steelhead monitoring staff including the program lead SFAN fishery biologist, fisheries crew leader, fisheries technician, Watershed Stewards Program members, and program volunteers. During their 11 weeks of service, the intern will learn fisheries monitoring techniques including but not limited to: seining, electrofishing, juvenile coho habitat typing, snorkel census, water quality monitoring, tagging, trapping, and remote sensing. The intern will be tasked with ensuring all equipment is ready for each field day, collecting accurate field data, mastering field techniques, verifying collected field data, and entering data into an MS Office Access database.

The goal of this position is to continue to develop future resource management professionals in the National Park Service. The Latino Heritage Intern will continue their education by learning field techniques that build off of their previous educational experiences. Young adults often receive education at a conceptual level in the field of natural resource management, but due to socioeconomics or access to wildland areas may never physically experience these techniques in the field. By the end of this position, the Latino Heritage Intern will have an understanding of issues surrounding threatened and endangered (T&E) species within the National Park, management techniques used for T&E species recovery, and a mastery of specific field techniques used to monitor endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead.


Some coursework in biology, wildlife, or fisheries is preferred.
Previous experience with outdoor recreation is required.
Applicants must be comfortable working outside in a wilderness setting for a full workday.

Work Environment:

  • This position is 80% in the field working in creeks within GOGA and PORE.
  • The Latino Heritage Intern will be trained on how to identify field hazards such as poison oak, stinging nettle, and ticks.
  • All field equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided by the National Park Service.
  • Field work consists of stream surveys performed over rough terrain in water averaging 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature.
  • Interns should be prepared to spend up to 8 hours daily in an outside setting. Although the summer temperatures in coastal California are mild, the Latino Heritage Intern should be prepared with layers of clothing to regulate body temperature as the weather changes throughout the day.
  • Field work activities include but are not limited to: habitat surveys requiring walking in streams wearing waders, snorkel surveys requiring emersion and walking in streams wearing a wetsuit, Passive Integrated
  • Transponder (PIT) tag antenna maintenance requires short walks to monitoring stations, and electrofishing or seining requires the capture of fish within stream habitats wearing waders.
  • It is anticipated that field work for this position will be conducted within Redwood Creek, Olema Creek, and Pine Gulch Creek watersheds.
  • All of these watersheds are located within Marin County, California.

Driver's License:

The Latino Heritage Intern housing unit is approximately 12 miles from the duty location and a car is needed for commute. A personal vehicle is not required for the project.