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Paul Siegel Salmon Restoration Internship

Mendocino Land Trust: The Paul Siegel Salmon Restoration Internship

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The mission of the Mendocino Land Trust 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.

Description: 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 carry out various administrative duties including grant and permit preparation.  The position will report to the Director of Conservation.


  •      Collect scientific field data, pre and post restoration activities
  •      Develop a project statement with desired outcomes.
  •      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.

Note on transportation: Having a vehicle is a requirement of this internship.

Note on Housing: Acquiring housing is the responsibility of the intern. However, the Mendocino Land Trust may be able to provide rent-free housing, when available, in the form of a cabin in the forest, through our California State Park partner. In this case, there will be a $500 utility charge to pay for 10 weeks of electricity and propane. The Mendocino Land Trust will assist the intern with other suggestions for possible housing, if desired by the 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 instructions

  • Deadline Friday March 30, 2018, noon.
  • Application documents consist of a cover letter and resume.  Supplementary materials may be submitted if relevant to the application.  
  • Please save your resume and coverletter as pdfs, and make sure that each document you submit is identified with your name and the name of the document.
  • Address your coverletter to Doug Kern, Director of Conservation, Mendocino Land Trust, and email your materials to Michelle Johnson (

Recipients of the Siegel Internship must agree to the following:

  • To complete two blog posts with photos during the internship at roughly the middle and end, and email them to Michelle Johnson at appropriate intervals.
  • 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.


Michelle Johnson, Fellowships Adviser

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Express Advising and Drop-In Hours are on hiatus for the summer and will return for fall semester. CLBR is open all summer and you can schedule appointments with an advisor.


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