The East Bay Regional Park District, based in Oakland, California, employs approximately two-dozen paid interns each year throughout nine District divisions, in addition to several annual field interns who work alongside staff in the parks. The application process is open now for field interns, and opens soon for summer interns.
“The economic downturn has especially been hard on youth, principally because they lack experience,” noted Human Resources Manager Susan Gonzales. “Our intern program addresses this issue by providing real work experience and compensation for the student’s efforts.”
Interns work on a wide variety of projects. Past interns have participated in wildlife studies, put their mapping skills to work with the District’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team, or conducted park user surveys. Other topics include forestry management, fisheries project, finance, creating videos for educational projects, and many more. "There’s a place for students from every background to pursue a career here," noted former intern Philip Coffin, now a Recreation Coordinator with the Park District.
Former intern Cara Pollard’s project will be seen by thousands of outdoors enthusiasts when they sign up for this year’s Trails Challenge – last spring she researched and wrote the trail descriptions for the annual hiking program. “Getting paid to hike in the largest and most beautiful regional park system in the world has been a great experience professionally and has given me great insight into the land that I live in and love,” said Pollard.
Applications are open now for field interns, who may attend any community college or vocational school. Applications open in March for summer interns, who may be students from any high school, trade school, college, or university. For more information, visit the Park District website at www.ebparks.org/jobs/internships.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature study.
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