The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Mendocino Land Trust: Paul Siegel Salmon Restoration Internship

man wearing waders standing in creek taking notes

The mission of the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) is to conserve and restore important natural resources of Mendocino County including working farmlands and forests, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic vistas, watersheds, and to facilitate public access. The Paul Siegel Salmon Restoration Internship is a ten-week full time internship at the Mendocino Land Trust made possible by Reed alumnus, Paul Siegel. The internship comes with a $5,000 award. The Center for Life Beyond Reed manages this internship in partnership with the Mendocino Land Trust.


The intern will conduct field and office research, collect and analyze field data and document a variety of projects supporting salmon restoration activities and forest health in Mendocino County. The intern will also work with staff and volunteers to maintain MLT’s coastal trails and properties, as well as carry out various administrative duties including grant and permit preparation. The position will report to the Director of Conservation.

This year there will be two internships available in two related tracks. The first track will remain focused on land conservation and salmon restoration. The second track will still work on land conservation and salmon restoration, but it will have a focus on conservation easements and fee-land acquisitions. There is only one application for both tracks, but please note in your cover letter which track interests you most.

Tentative start and end dates for summer 2021 will be from June 14th to August 20th.


  • Collect scientific field data, pre and post habitat restoration activities
  • Stewardship of coastal trails and properties
  • Research and prepare grant and permit documents
  • Assist staff with documentation of restoration activities
  • Conduct field and office research to support restoration projects
  • Produce or assist with mapping activities
  • Assist with report writing, as needed
  • Volunteer coordination

Note on transportation: Having a vehicle is a requirement of this internship. Housing is remote and rural, about a 30-minute drive from Fort Bragg, and interns may be working on different projects, requiring them to go to different locations. MLT will reimburse interns for mileage at the state rate of $0.56/mile.

Note on Housing: Free housing is provided by the Mendocino Land Trust with the exception that the interns will be responsible for paying for electricity. The home where interns will live for the summer is in Albion and it should be known that it is a little rustic, but surrounded by towering redwoods and out of the coastal fog. The home belonged to the famous beat poet, ruth weiss. She loved trees and wanted to make sure her redwoods were never cut. She left the property to MLT and they're placing a conservation easement over it to make sure that never happens. The two interns from Reed will stay here along with at least one other non-Reed intern.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Prefer GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Reed student in good standing.
  • Passion for natural resource protection and restoration, desire to learn and a preference for taking initiative.
  • Interest in living and working along the rugged California North Coast.
  • Ability and desire to work indoors in an office setting.
  • Ability, understanding, desire and preparedness to spend full days working outside in the field, occasionally hiking in rugged conditions, sometimes wading in streams.
  • Travel to office in Ft. Bragg from the intern's place of housing will be by the intern’s personal transportation. 
  • Intern should have the clothing and personal gear necessary to work outside.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021, at 12PM noon PST

Application instructions

Apply in Handshake
  • Application documents consist of a cover letter and resume. Supplementary materials may be submitted by email to CLBR fellowships if relevant to the application.  
  • Please save your resume and cover letter as pdfs, and make sure that each document you submit is identified with your name and the name of the document.
  • Address your cover letter to Nicolet Houtz, Conservation Project Manager, Mendocino Land Trust, and apply with your materials in Handshake.
  • Please note in your cover letter which of the two tracks interests you most. Since there is only one position in each track, you may be offered a position in either track.

Qualified applicants may be contacted by the Mendocino Land Trust for a phone or video interview.

Awardees must agree to the following:

  • Participate in the required Center for Life Beyond Reed summer reflection process as outlined to you by CLBR.
  • To attend a Fall debrief or presentation and be prepared to speak with Reed supporters about the experience.
  • To send a personal letter of thanks to internship sponsor, Paul Siegel.
  • To create a LinkedIn profile if you do not already have one.


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