Care for land and community in Sonoma County as an intern at LandPaths! We have lots of opportunities, depending on your needs and interests. Scroll down to learn more.
Community Garden Interns
LandPaths is seeking Community Garden Interns. Bayer Farm and Jeff’s Baldwin Community Gardens together contain 120 garden plots adopted out to community members, as well as education plots for students to learn about growing food and nutrition. We are seeking an intern to assist our garden manager with planting, weeding, and other garden maintenance tasks as well as program management. The internship will focus on the following activities:
- Assisting with faming tasks, such as planting, wedding, and harvesting.
- Program management, including assisting the garden manager with scheduling, leading groups and data tracking.
- Community garden support, including assisting the garden manager with gardeners and volunteers.
- Eligibility: We are looking for an intern with an active interest in environmental conservation and farming or gardening. Previous experience is not required, and training will be provided.
Requirements: Dependability and reliability, and availability to work occasional weekends or evenings. Bilingual (English/Spanish) is beneficial but not required.
Schedule: Your potential internship work days would between Monday – Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm. We ask that you commit to working at least one day per week.
Location: Bayer Farm – 1550 West Ave., Santa Rosa and Jeff’s Garden – 3399 Moorland Avenue, Santa Rosa
Terms: the internship is offered on a part-time basis, unpaid, up to 20 hours per week.
Are you interested in a career in natural resource management, conservation, or ecological restoration? Want to gain experience in volunteer engagement? Come intern with LandPaths stewardship team! LandPaths is a Sonoma County conservation non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people to the land by offering equitable open space access, leading outdoor outings, providing environmental education, and land stewardship through volunteer workdays. LandPaths stewards five nature preserves throughout Sonoma County equaling approximately 2,000 acres.
Interns will work alongside the LandPaths stewardship staff in the field and learn multiple facets of land stewardship and volunteer engagement through direct hands-on experience in LandPaths beautiful preserves throughout the County, including Bohemia Ecological Preserve, the Grove of Old Trees, and Riddell Preserve.
Stewardship activities include:
- Forestry for fire and climate resilience
- Trail building and maintenance
- Community science and monitoring, including rare species, and invasive species removal
Interns will learn about LandPaths method of slow stewardship on the preserves, local ecology, the techniques used by the stewardship team to conserve and restore the land, how to use hand and power tools, and how to engage with volunteers and co-lead volunteer stewardship days, all while having a great time in the outdoors!
Requirements: Dependability and reliability, and availability to work occasional weekends or evenings.
Schedule: 1-2 eight-hour days per week, occasional weekend hours
Location: LandPaths Preserve throughout Sonoma County
Terms: at least a three-month commitment is required
Inspired Forward and/or IOOBY Interns
LandPaths seeks energetic and creative folks as interns for its field education programs, In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) and Inspired Forward (IF). IOOBY links 2nd – 6th grade students throughout Sonoma County to a publicly protected natural area within their watershed. Central to the program is the class’s “adoption” of the natural area through a series of theme-based visits (discovery, watershed, wildlife habitat and stewardship). IF brings together positive, life-changing, and leadership-based experiences for teens and young adults with the opportunities presented by the land: adventure, learning, healing, stewardship, relaxation, and community. We partner with individual schools, school districts, and Restorative Justice clubs across Sonoma County.
Inters will support LandPaths’ education staff in implementing field programs.
Interns are required to have the following:
- Comfort working with groups of 10-20 students in the field
- Interest in environmental education / working with 2nd-12th grade students
- Desire for collaborative work environment
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills are a plus
Tasks and responsibilities may include:
- Volunteer weekly with LandPaths IOOBY/IF programs
- Assist LandPaths staff in the execution of the field activities, work towards leading activities
- Assist groups of 10-20 students with various theme day activities such as water testing, non-native plant removal, aquatic macroinvertebrate collection and scientific sketching, under the direction of LandPaths staff and classroom teachers
- Help students make and record observations
- Support students with writing in the field – journals and data recording
- Participate in a stewardship project
- Participate and assist in beginning of the year teacher and volunteer training in August/September
- Participate in the introductory class presentations to schools
- Assist in preparation for field teaching and evaluation of field experiences
- Participate in the planning and implementation of the stewardship project with your school
- Work with classroom teachers to expand the field experiences into the classroom
- Assist in admin duties in the office, including data entry, photo curation, and e-communication design
- We prefer a commitment of 1 day a week during the school year months from late August- early June.
Tasks and responsibilities may include:
- File paperwork
- Scanning documents
- Data entry (NEON CRM)
- Organize documents
- Write or prepare thank you notes, other letters
- Prepare envelopes or mailers
- Inventory office supplies
- Maintain supply/order list
- Help set up for events