Government PositionsPositions that are available at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex are listed in the Federal Government employment web site.
Grant-Funded PositionsOccasionally, listings for positions funded through grants or partners become available and will be listed here.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) InternshipsEnvironmental Education and Visitor Services Internships are offered through the Student Conservation Association (SCA). These internships are 16 weeks, and on-refuge housing is provided. Environmental Education internships work with staff at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso, providing assistance to field trip programs, special events, and outreach events. Visitor Services internships work with the staff at the Visitor Center located in Fremont, interacting with the public, leading weekend walks, assisting with special events, and working with volunteers. Check the Student Conservation Association website for openings.
Some of the Environmental Education internships are funded by our Friends Group, the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society through a Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant.
Volunteers-in-Residence (previously called internships) The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex maintains a year-round Volunteer-in-Residence program, offering qualified individuals the opportunity to gain experience in the fields of wildlife biology, environmental education or visitor services. For periods of time varying from 12 weeks to a year, Volunteers-in Residence may be offered housing at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR while supporting one or more of the National Wildlife Refuges within the Complex. Below is a list of the types of positions that are offered and a brief description. Each position also lists where it will be advertised if there is an opening. Due to many variables, we do not always know when a position becomes available. Duties also vary depending upon the season. It is recommended that you review the descriptions below and check the web sites listed periodically to see if we are hiring. Do not send your resumé unless requested. All inquires regarding Volunteer-in-Residence positions will be referred back to this web page.
Biology Volunteers-in-ResidenceResponsibilities include: Endangered plant and animal surveys (birds, mice, plants, amphibians and invertebrates); endangered and native plant seed collection; non-native vegetation mapping and removal; weed surveys, mapping, and control; avian predator surveys; vernal/seasonal pool sampling; nest success monitoring; cross support with other refuges; data entry; report preparation; GPS; occasional early morning/late evening/weekend work; and working with staff and volunteers. When hiring, listings can be found at:San Jose State University Career CenterTexas A&M University Job BoardSociety for Conservation Biology
Biology Volunteers-in-Residence - San Pablo Bay NWR and Marin Islands NWRResponsibilities include: Native plant propagation, plant restoration, and invasive plant control; mapping of invasive plants with GPS and managing spatial data; assistance with small mammal and bird surveys; database management. When hiring, listing can be found at:Sonoma State UniversityUC Davis Internship and Career Center Texas A&M University Job Board Society of Conservation BiologyWildlife Society
Biology Volunteers-in-Residence - Endangered Least Tern (May-August)Responsibilities include: Monitor colony of endangered birds and their predators; heavy record keeping; good computer and communication skills; work with staff and volunteers. When hiring, listing can be found at:Texas A&M University Job Board Society for Conservation Biology
Environmental Education Volunteers-in-ResidenceResponsibilities include: Support the Environmental Education Program and weekend programs at the Visitor Center and Environmental Education Center; assist with office work and coordination of events; communicate with educators; perform equipment maintenance; assist with weekend programs; develop education curriculum for on/off site use; greet visitors and provide refuge information. When hiring, listings can be found on this web page. Do not send your resumé until there is a job listing.
Visitor Services Volunteers-in-ResidenceResponsibilities include: Work with volunteers from a variety of backgrounds & ages; staff and manage the Visitor Center Desk; lead volunteer groups; write and/or assist with editing the volunteer newsletter; assist/lead special events; present interpretive programs for children; create fliers and other publications for the general public; respond to public and volunteer inquiries; assist with mailings, database and record keeping; assist Environmental Education, Biology and Admin staff when needed. When hiring, listings can be found on this page. Do not send your resumé until there is a job listing.
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The migration is in full swing. This little brown job can be distinguished from other sparrows in the Bay Area by its dark back, spotted breast and one conspicuous spot on its breast. Look for them on the ground scratching for seeds.