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Internships with SLT

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Sonoma Land Trust offers internships each semester. Internships can range from field work in stewardship to outings with the On the Land program to office assistance opportunities and more. Students at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College are eligible to receive 1 to 2 units of academic credit.

Please email intern@sonomalandtrust.org for more information about our internship program.

2017 Summer/Fall Internships

Outings Intern

(1 unit, with stipend)
Description: Gain experience bringing groups into the outdoors by assisting with Sonoma Land Trust’s outings program. Interns will interact with participants, provide information about Sonoma Land Trust’s preserves, and assist with general safety protocols.

Hours: Weekend days from August to November, scheduled in advance.

Location:The fall outings program includes a variety of hikes and workshops at preserves across Sonoma County.

Qualifications: A love of the outdoors, a basic knowledge of ecology, an enjoyment of people, and the ability to hike up to six miles carrying up to 25 pounds.

To apply: Please send a resume that includes any volunteer and internship experience to intern@sonomalandtrust.org.

Social Science Intern

This internship is a great opportunity to learn about Sonoma County forests, gain experience with social science data collection and synthesis, and be part of a collaborative conservation effort!

Organizational Background
Created in 2005 by people who deeply care about our forests, the Sonoma County Forest Conservation Working Group (SCFCWG) is a team with forestry and conservation expertise working together to provide education and resources to forest landowners with the goal of protecting and sustaining healthy forests, woodlands, and watersheds in Sonoma County, and being a catalyst, source of information, and point of contact for forest landowners. Our mission is to “protect forests across landscapes and through generations.” Members represent forest landowners, local and regional land trusts, watershed councils, community forest members, educators, scientists, local non-governmental organizations, and state and local agencies. We have a long history of collaborating to provide educational opportunities for many different sizes and types of audiences.

SCFCWG’s fiscal sponsor is Sonoma Land Trust (SLT), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Sonoma Land Trust will administer this internship, and the intern will work closely with staff at SLT and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD) in Santa Rosa, CA.

Internship Description
The intern will play a critical role in compiling, analyzing, and synthesizing information in order to help SCFCWG shape its future forest conservation outreach efforts. Working with RCD staff, the intern will compile and sort up to 160 survey responses provided by attendees of the North Coast Forest Conservation Conference (June 7-9 at SRJC). After the data is organized, the intern will help identify five key forest conservation topics about which respondents would like information. As a final product, the intern will help write a 2-year Work Plan for the working group that will outline how we can most effectively conduct outreach and education around these five key topics. Our goal will be to encourage as many landowners as possible to implement beneficial conservation measures on their land.

Desired qualifications
Attention to detail; willingness to perform data entry; basic proficiency in Excel; ability to think critically and synthesize qualitative information; excellent writing skills; ability to work well in a coalition setting; an interest in the conservation of Sonoma County forests; and a sense of humor!

Dates: June 5 – August 11, 2017 (potentially flexible)
Hours: 75
Stipend: $500

Please submit a cover letter and resume as soon as possible but no later than May 31, 2017.
Email applications to ariel@sonomalandtrust.org and jschreiber@sonomarcd.org.



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