Community Science Program Assistant (Full-Time 1)

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



201 Fort Mason
San Francisco
United States


Community Science Program Assistant (Full-Time 1)

One Tam is a partnership made up of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and the Parks Conservancy. One Tam combines the expertise and resources of its partners to ensure the long-term health of Mt. Tamalpais by advancing efforts to restore ecosystems, improve trail corridors, enhance visitor services, expand education and stewardship programming, and inspire community support through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Position Overview: 

With an understanding that active engagement in the care of nature leads to a deeper appreciation of its value, the One Tam Community Science team connects people to the lands of Mount Tamalpais by providing opportunities to contribute to the conservation science efforts of partner agencies. The team supports the health of Mount Tamalpais through a variety of community (citizen) science activities that aim to address ecological data gaps, implement long-term monitoring, provide formal and informal science education, and promote curiosity and participation in a wide range of audiences. The current program includes mountain-wide monitoring of terrestrial mammals and insect pollinators as well as Bioblitz events in support of inventory and restoration efforts. The Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project (MWPIP) is a landscape-level study of wildlife using motion-activated cameras and is a central component of the current program. Over the next 5 years, community science offerings will expand to include support for regional monitoring of new indicators including seeps and springs and herpetofauna.

The Program Assistant supports the Community Science Program Manager in implementing established ecological monitoring protocols including data collection, data entry, and data management, with an initial focus on MWPIP. The Program Assistant also supports partnerships with schools, colleges, and community groups by delivering programs, facilitating training, and organizing volunteer participation related to MWPIP. The Program Assistant also works to increase public awareness, engage new communities, and increase volunteer support for emerging community science efforts.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Program Delivery

  • Delivers and facilitates regularly scheduled MWPIP volunteer programs.
  • Delivers and facilitates programs and outreach for middle schools, high schools, and community organizations.
  • Keeps WPI volunteer program documentation in good condition and up to date.
  • Engages park visitors on site; communicates with the public about park issues, programs and educational opportunities.
  • Contributes content to One Tam social media platforms.
  • Assists in training and mentorship of 1-2 full-time interns, seasonal academic interns, and seasonal high school interns.
  • Time allowing, supports other One Tam community outreach and engagement work, including habitat restoration and trail work events, youth programs, and special events.

Ecological monitoring

  • Maintains wildlife cameras in remote areas with Community Science team and agency partners.
  • Tracks MWPIP project progress on cloud-based databases.
  • Supports data management needs of current and new community science projects.
  • Assists with the preparation of documents and reports as needed.
  • Assists in development of new community science projects.
  • Time allowing, supports other One Tam work, including seasonal inventory and ecological monitoring efforts.


  • Responds and tracks volunteer inquiries; collects volunteer data; maintains volunteer database.
  • Supports Community Science Program Manager in maintaining up-to-date internal team communications and calendars.
  • Supports logistics associated with tools, equipment, training, and staffing to provide agency-appropriate community science programming and to provide learning opportunities for interns.
  • Maintains good communication and working relations with agency staff and other partners.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

  • Commitment and enthusiasm for fostering a community-based stewardship and community science programs and promoting inclusion and participation among diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of natural resources inventory and monitoring programs, to include basic understanding of scientific methods, sampling design development and data management.
  • Strong organizational skills; demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team on complex projects and programs.
  • Proficiency with public speaking, desired experience leading educational programs or outreach.
  • Can work directly with volunteers; treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the ecology and natural resources of the Bay Area.             
  • Desired experience with wildlife camera installation and maintenance.
  • Competent use of Google Drive, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS, mobile mapping technology, and general database applications.
  • Experience navigating varied terrain on foot and with 4WD vehicles and performing fieldwork in inclement weather.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or other language not required, but a plus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in an office operating a computer as well as an outdoor setting with potential for inclement weather and rugged terrain.
  • Work is primarily performed sitting, standing, or walking.
  • Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 40 pounds.


  • Applications due by: October 22, 2018
  • Schedule: Full-time (40hrs), generally Tuesday – Saturday, with occasional exceptions
  • Position is based out of San Rafael, CA

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement