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Pinnacles National Park seeks new interns and Ranger Corps members

Pinnacles National Park is hiring youth for a Trails Internship, a Habitat Restoration Internship, and Ranger Corps positions.

This article was provided by Pinnacles National Park, part of the U.S. federal government.

It is an exciting time at Pinnacles National Park as we gear up our interns and volunteers for our busy spring season coming up!

We are seeking youth for 3 different positions: Habitat Restoration, Trails, and Ranger Corps. Details of each are outlined below:

Habitat Restoration Internship

Pinnacles National Park is seeking 2-3 enthusiastic individuals for an American Conservation Experience internship with the Habitat Restoration Crew. Work schedule will be 40 hours per week from February to July. Duties include invasive plant removal, native seed collection and propagation, collecting and maintaining monitoring data, and mapping using GPS and GIS. One dorm housing slot may be available.

Interns for this position must have attention to detail, ability to hike in steep terrain carrying up to 40 lbs. of gear/ equipment, willingness to work outside and hike up to 10 miles per day, and have a positive attitude and ability to work as part of a team or independently. Interns must also have the ability to work safely in adverse weather conditions and during exposure to poison oak, biting insects, and rattlesnakes. Interns must be between the ages of 18-30 to apply.

Benefits of the internship include a weekly stipend ($360/week without housing, $275 with housing), eligibility for an AmeriCorps Education Award, and potential to cross-train with other work groups and network with park staff. Interns will learn valuable skills in plant identification, geographic information systems (GIS), and ecological monitoring.

To apply: Please submit a resume, a statement of interest including your availability, and three references to by January 10th, 2018. 

Trails Internship

Pinnacles National Park is seeking an individual to help improve trail conditions as an American Conservation Experience intern. This position will start mid-February 2018 and will last for 12 - 16 weeks. Interns wil work 40 hours per week Monday - Friday. Please only local candidates apply, as no housing is provided.

Requirements for this internship include willingness to hike 8 - 15 miles per day in remote, rugged terrain while carrying a 20 - 30 lb. backpack with essential equipment. Candidates must be 18 - 35 years old and have a passion for outdoors with the ability to work well as part of a team.

To apply: Please submit a resume and statement of interest to: by January 15th, 2018.

Ranger Corps

Pinnacles National Park is seeking enthusiastic local youth to join Ranger Corps under the American Conservation Experience program. Ranger Corps members will work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays up to 8 hours per day from February - May 2018.

Members will help visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience, learn about the natural and cultural resources of the park, and work alongside National Park Service Rangers. Candidates must be between the ages of 18-35, pass a background check, and provide their own housing.

Ranger Corps members will receive a weekly living allowance of $144 (equivalent to $9 per hour) and be able to experience the various jobs required to manage a National Park.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to by January 15th, 2018.

For more information about any of these positions, please contact Veronica Johnson at or call (831) 389-4486, extension 243.

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