Job Posting: Hamilton Nursery Environmental Intern

State Coastal Conservancy

Hamilton Nursery Environmental Intern

$2,345.00 - $3,126.00

Final Filing Date: 5/30/2019

Job Description and Duties

“Love the California coast and the environment?  This might be the job for you!”

The position is located in Novato, CA

The Environmental Services Intern is a nine-month position at the Coastal Conservancy.  The incumbent will assist with native plant propagation, planting, monitoring, and invasive species management at the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project in Novato. The internship provides entry-level experience in the wetland restoration field, with a specific focus on tidal wetlands and seasonal wetlands of San Francisco Bay. Additional tasks include environmental education, interpretation, volunteer coordination, and outreach associated with Hamilton Wetlands, monitoring of public use at Hamilton Wetlands, and general assistance with monitoring other Coastal Conservancy projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specific tasks include the following:


Hamilton Native Plant Program Support:  Support staff and volunteers in the propagation, planting, and monitoring of native plants at the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project, which includes the former Hamilton Airfield and the Bel Marin Keys Unit V properties. Propagation occurs in a standard nursery shadehouse environment and in-ground beds. Manage invasive plant species via mechanical and cultural methods, including monitoring experimental trials.


Public Outreach: Support the Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, the Hamilton Nursery Manager, and others with efforts to provide environmental education, interpretation, guided walks, and other public outreach activities at Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys, in order to increase public engagement in the wetland restoration effort, recruit volunteers, and increase understanding and support for this large-scale wetland restoration effort.


Property Monitoring:

Monitor public use of the Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys properties and report activities and any concerns to the Hamilton Nursery Manager and Coastal Conservancy Project Manager. Monitor impacts of public access on the wetlands and wildlife. Assist with efforts to educate the public about guidelines for trail use.


Support for Maintenance Agreement:

Assist the Coastal Conservancy Project Manager with management of an agreement with Marin County Parks for trail maintenance work. Assist with invoicing, workplans, and communication with Marin County Parks staff. Ensure timely and effective management of invasive plant species along the trail.


Project Monitoring:

Visit completed public access or habitat restoration projects that have been funded by the Coastal Conservancy in the San Francisco Bay Area to assess whether they are still meeting their goals. Complete the monitoring forms and project database entries and follow up with the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Manager regarding issues that need to be addressed with grantees.

Working Conditions

Able to work in outdoor, natural settings. A significant amount of work is outdoors, in a muddy, wet setting, with uneven surfaces and limited or no protection from the elements.

Additional work is in a concrete building used for native plant propagation, with no heat or air-conditioning. Willing to travel within California, sometimes staying overnight. Willing to work weekends and evenings as needed for public outreach events. 

In order to be considered for the pay range "B " you must: 
Possession of a master's or two years of graduate work towards a Doctorate Degree in Urban, Regional or Environmental Planning, Economics, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, Geography, Earth or Natural Science, Engineering, Architecture, Law, or a related field or possession of another advanced degree with significant graduate course work in these fields. Relevant, environmentally-related work experience may be substituted for the graduate work on a year-for-year basis.

In order to be considered for the pay range "C" you must meet the qualifications of range B out-lined above and have twelve (12) months of related environmental work experience.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Hamilton Nursery Environmental Intern
$2,345.00 - $2,631.00 A
$2,554.00 - $2,863.00 B
$2,780.00 - $3,126.00 C
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Marin County
Job Type:

Department Information

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that undertakes and supports projects to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources; to promote resilience to climate change impacts; and to increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. The Conservancy awards and oversees grants to local governments, other state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and tribes, using various types of funding, including bond funds, federal funds, and mitigation fees. The Conservancy is a small agency of 64 dedicated, experienced employees who work collaboratively and creatively to achieve the Conservancy’s mission.  The Conservancy is located in Oakland, California, near BART.

Department Website:

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/30/2019

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

State Coastal Conservancy
Attn: Ashlee Sentman
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Ashlee Sentman
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Degree and/or School Transcripts
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
The internship offers the opportunity for the incumbent to pursue their interests within our organization over the course of 9 months.  The ideal candidate will bring a background in environmental science or a related field, and an interest in project management and working outdoors. They should be able to work collaboratively as well as individually, be flexible and creative in their approach to work, and enjoy detailed-oriented processes.

General concepts and principals involved in tidal and seasonal wetland restoration in coastal environments, principles of native plant propagation and planting, general knowledge of botany, experimental design.


Reason logically; establish and maintain effective working relationships; draw sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; communicate clearly with others; work with a diverse community of volunteers.


There are many benefits to joining our team!  You will earn 7 hours of vacation credit per month, 8 hours of sick leave credit per month, two paid Professional Development Days, Pre-tax Parking Fee Program, monthly $65 transportation voucher, Bicycle Commuter Program, plus many more. 

Please see the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) website at for further information on employee benefits. We highly encourage applicants to review this information when considering this position as it contains important details regarding benefits and their implications to take-home pay (including a standardized 8% monthly retirement withdrawal).

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Johanna Collins
(510) 286-4340

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
Amy Hutzel
(510) 286-4180
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Additional Information

Once a significant candidate pool is received, an internal cutoff period will be established and interviews will be scheduled, and only the most qualified candidates will be invited to the interview.

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.

If you do not hear from us in 4-6 weeks from the final file date, you may assume the position has been filled by another applicant. Please note that all additional vacancies that become available may be added to this advertisement.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail