The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

For more information on the UC Natural Reserve System, visit our website: http://www.ucnrs.org

This application is for the Fall 2017 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. The application deadline to submit your application is April 20, 2017. For more information on the course, please see http://www.ucnrs.org/teaching/cec.html

You will be asked to attach a copy of your unofficial UC transcript to the application, so please have it ready. If you have been enrolled in other colleges or universities, please attach copies of those transcripts as well.

Please note:
- You must be enrolled at a University of California campus to apply.
- You must have successfully completed an introductory ecology or biology course.
- The minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.
- You must be in good standing with your home campus.
-International students seeking their degree from the University of California are welcome to apply for the program. Unfortunately international short-term students (one year or less) are not eligible.


If you need assistance, please contact CAecology@ucop.edu.








This scholarship application supplements the program application for the Fall 2017 offering of California Ecology and Conservation. You must complete the program application as well as this scholarship application to be considered for a scholarship.

Award Amount: We anticipate awarding scholarships ranging from $1000 to $2000 per award.

Eligibility: NRS scholarships are open to all students that apply for and get accepted into the NRS Field Studies Program: California Ecology and Conservation.

Selection Criteria: The award selection will be based primarily on academic merit and integration of the California Ecology and Conservation field course into a student’s academic and career goals.


You will be asked to attach a copy of your unofficial UC transcript to the application, so please have it ready. If you have been enrolled in other colleges or universities, please attach copies of those transcripts as well.

The deadline to submit your scholarship application is April 20, 2017.

If you need assistance, please contact CAecology@ucop.edu.














UC Archaeology Internship with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore


DATES

Flexible, beginning May or June 2017 and continuing for 11.5 weeks (462 hours).


DESCRIPTION 

This internship is an opportunity to get exposure to and experience working in Cultural Resources Management within the National Park Service (NPS). The intern will work under the technical guidance of the Archeology Program Point Reyes National Seashore to document and assess the condition of archaeological sites within the park. This work will consist of various aspects of archaeological field and laboratory work, database management, and report writing.


DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Archaeological Fieldwork

  • Assist in reconnaissance and intensive level archaeological surveys
  • Assist in documenting site boundaries, features, and exposed profiles of archaeological sites using both GPS and manual methods (tape and compass)
  • Assist in the establishment and recording of surface sample units
  • Assist in limited subsurface investigations
  • Complete infield site records, sketch maps, and feature/ artifact/ profile drawings

 

Laboratory Work

  • Processing of archaeological soils
  • Cleaning, sorting, and cataloging of archaeological materials
  • Computer data entry

 

Database Management

  • Enter site condition information into the Archeological Site Management Information System (ASMIS)
  • Transfer collected geospatial data into the Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS)


Report Writing

  • Contribute to the completion of draft and final technical reports documenting the findings of archaeological investigation

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a University of California undergraduate or have graduated from the University of California within six months of the projected start date
  • Experience in conducting archaeological field and laboratory work
  • Demonstrated knowledge of California prehistory/history
  • Experience in identifying and documenting material cultural associated with California prehistory/ history
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills with use of GPS for mapping archaeological sites and features
  • Demonstrated knowledge, experience, and skills with ArcGIS
  • Strong PC and Microsoft Office skills. Familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, and GoogleDocs software is desired
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and great attention to detail

 

No-cost dorm style housing may be available at the park. A personal vehicle may be required to transit from housing to office. Pay rate is $13.00 per hour. For more information on Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our website at: www.nps.gov/pore

UC Dune Restoration and Rare Plant Internship with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore


DATES

Flexible, beginning May or June 2017 and continuing for 11.5 weeks (462 hours).


DESCRIPTION 

This internship is an opportunity to get exposure to and experience working in Natural Resources Management within the National Park Service (NPS). Specifically, the intern will work under the technical guidance of the Vegetation Management Program of the Integrated Resources Division at Point Reyes National Seashore and assist in documenting and assessing the condition and management of native, non-native, and rare plant popultions within the park.


INTERN DUTIES

  • Vegetation monitoring of dune restoration efforts in the Seashore. These monitoring efforts are aimed at judging the effectiveness of restoration treatment efforts and the success in restoring dunes invaded by European beach grass and iceplant to more ntural systems that support at least 11 listed species
  • Assist in monitoring rare plants both in the dunes and in other vegetation communities (e.g. wetlands, grasslands)
  • Invasive plant removal, which will primarily involve manual removal, but may involve some spot herbicide treatment
  • Mapping efforts using GPA and data entry and validation using Excel

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a University of California undergraduate or have graduated from the University of California within six months of the projected start date
  • Some knowledge of how to use a GPS unit for both mapping features and to navigate to already established points and transects, an understanding of how to upload and download GPS data to the computer, and experience with data entry. Some knowledge of ArcGIS is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of California plant species, with knowledge of dune plant species a plus, as well as experience doing both plot- and transect-based monitoring.
  • Enjoy long days outdoors hiking and carrying field equipment
  • Detailed data collected and note-taking skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Safety conscious
  • Coursework in plant ecology and field sampling

 

No-cost dorm style housing may be available at the park. A personal vehicle may be required to transit from housing to office. Pay rate is $13.00 per hour. For more information on Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our website at: www.nps.gov/pore

UC Range/Vegetation Ecology Internship with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore


DATES

Flexible, beginning May or June 2017 and continuing for 11.5 weeks (462 hours).


DESCRIPTION 

This internship is an opportunity to get exposure to and experience working in Natural Resources Management within the National Park Service (NPS). The intern will work under the technical guidance of the Wildlife Program of the Integrated Resources Division at Point Reyes National Seashore and assist in documenting and assessing the condition of rangeland habitats within the park.


INTERN DUTIES

  • Vegetation monitoring in coastal grasslands
  • Native plant seed collection and maintenance/propagation of plants in on-site nursery
  • Rangeland resources mapping/monitoring, and maintenance (e.g. fences, water features, weeds, soil)
  • Data entry and data management related to the abov

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a University of California undergraduate or have graduated from the University of California within six months of the projected start date
  • Some prior field work experience desired
  • Enjoy long days outdoors hiking and carrying field equipment
  • Detailed data collected and note-taking skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Safety conscious
  • Coursework in plant ecology and field sampling

 

No-cost dorm style housing may be available at the park. A personal vehicle may be required to transit from housing to office. Pay rate is $13.00 per hour. For more information on Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our website at: www.nps.gov/pore

UC Wildlife Ecology Internship with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore


DATES

Flexible, beginning May or June 2017 and continuing for 11.5 weeks (462 hours).


DESCRIPTION 

This internship is an opportunity to get exposure to and experience working in Natural Resources Management within the National Park Service (NPS). The intern will work under the technical guidance of the Wildlife Program of the Integrated Resources Division at Point Reyes National Seashore and assist in documenting and assessing the condition of Wildlife populations within the park.


INTERN EXPERIENCES (may vary depending on intern skills and NPS needs)

  • The western snowy plover monitoring and protection program field work includes maintaining beach closure areas, surveying for nesting plovers, protecting plover nests from predators using wire exclosures, tracking plover nest success, and following plover fledgling success.
  • The Northern spotted owl monitoring program monitors occupancy and reproductive success at approximately 40 owl territories each year. The majority of nesting is complete by early June, but interns will have the opportunity to join NPS biologists on remaining surveys and in completing nest tree measurements.
  • The western pond turtle program is in its third year, with the goal of protecting turtle nests, collecting eggs, and ten hatching the eggs and rearing the juveniles at the San Francisco Zoo. Juvenile turtles will be re-introduced to ponds where turtles no longer exist in both Point Reyes and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Interns will join NPS biologists as they trap turtles for VHF radio tag deployment, track tagged turtles using telemetry, and monitor ponds for nesting activity.
  • Our tule elk program monitors elk location on park ranches, collects fecal samples for disease monitoring, and tracks collared animals.
  • The Marin Wildlife Picture Index Program maintains 30 wildlife cameras stationed on National Park Service lands. Interns will assist in the maintenance of these cameras and cataloguing photographs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a University of California undergraduate or have graduated from the University of California within six months of the projected start date
  • Some prior field work experience desired
  • Enjoy long days outdoors hiking and carrying field equipment
  • Detailed data collection and note-taking skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Safety conscious

 

No-cost dorm style housing may be available at the park. A personal vehicle may be required to transit from housing to office. Pay rate is $13.00 per hour. For more information on Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our website at: www.nps.gov/pore