Coho Fisheries Monitoring Intern

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Turtle Island Restoration Network ( is a nonprofit environmental organization based in Marin County, California. Turtle Island’s mission is to mobilize people in local communities around the world to protect marine wildlife and the oceans and inland watersheds that sustain them.

Turtle Island and its suite of marine restoration programs work to protect endangered marine species, save critical ecosystems, improve consumer choices, encourage government action and inspire corporate responsibility, all to protect marine wildlife and the wild oceans we all rely upon.

This position will be working under our Salmon Protection and Watershed Network initiative. The Coho Fisheries Monitoring Intern will work to organize and implement research and monitoring activities for coho salmon and other terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Monitoring efforts change seasonally; autumn efforts focus on spawning, spring efforts on smolt traps, and summer efforts on juvenile salmonid rescue and relocation. The intern will gain technical skills in research and monitoring, salmonid restoration, and environmental education.

Terms of Employment:
• Project Duration: 12 weeks
• Two week trial period and possibility for internship extension after 12 week evaluation
• Total hours: 40 hours/week
• Compensation: stipend unavailable; cost-free housing may be available (space limited)


• Monitoring salmonid populations and habitat conditions in Lagunitas Watershed
• Riparian restoration
• Report writing
• Recruit and coordinate volunteers to assist with monitoring efforts
• Assist in the development of education materials and support environmental education programs
• Biweekly posting on organization blog


Desired Skills/Qualifications:
• Experience or interest in watershed ecology, fisheries biology, botany, and/or environmental studies
• Experience in fieldwork and/or habitat restoration
• Experience with environmental education
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to work outside in varying terrain and weather conditions– including in proximity to poison oak
• Ability to use PC or Mac proficiently (Microsoft Office)
• Valid driver’s license (reliable transportation required)

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