STRAW's Community College Conservation Summer Volunteer Program
Point Blue Conservation Science is a non-profit organization headquartered in Petaluma, CA with over 160 scientists working to develop nature-based solutions to climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental threats to benefit wildlife and people. The educational component of Point Blue is led by the Students & Teachers Restoring a Watershed (STRAW) team, a program that works with over 50 schools throughout the academic year all over the San Francisco Bay area, immersing K-12 students to active restoration sites to experience professional restoration technician work while learning about the importance of conservation, restoration, and community.

Our STRAW team is excited to pilot a program this summer where we work with older, motivated local community college students! STRAW’s Community College Conservation Summer Volunteer Program is an opportunity for community college students to be part of local conservation efforts, and learn more about environmental career pathways through an 8 week program. We will meet twice a week beginning June 17, 2019 through August 9, 2019. Each week will include one Field Day and one Seminar Day.

Please submit the information below. This application will close at 11:59 p.m. Sunday June 9th, 2019. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an e-mail by Alba Estrada López to schedule an interview to better understand your interests in our program.

For any questions or needed clarifications, please contact STRAW Conservation Educator, Alba Estrada López at On behalf of the STRAW team, thank you for your interest and we look forward to working and learning with you this summer!
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Seminar and Field Days
During Field Days, volunteers will be immersed in first-hand experiences in conservation and habitat restoration through opportunities with non-profit, private, and government sectors. Field Days will include learning restoration techniques and methodology and then applying that knowledge to active restoration sites with the guidance of professional restoration technicians; additionally, field days can include field trips to other conservation sites such as conservation easements, plant nurseries, and public lands. Field Days are predicted to be 8 a.m. - 2 p.m, give or take an hour and will be held in different conservation sites throughout the northern San Francisco Bay Area. Transportation will be provided to the sites and we will meet in Point Blue's headquarters in Petaluma, CA.

Seminar Days will focus on learning different environmental field career pathways such as environmental education, conservation biology, restoration science, urban planning, wildlife monitoring and conservation and much more. Seminar days will also emphasize creating tools and structures for students to envision and accomplish their academic and professional goals; taking time to learn about topics such as resume building, transferring to four year institutions, and navigating internship, undergraduate and graduate programs. A portion of the weekly seminar will be used to prepare and orient volunteers for their upcoming field day. Seminar Days are predicted to be from 9 am - 12:30 pm in Point Blue’s headquarters in Petaluma, CA.

In order to best accommodate as many summer schedules as possible, select below the best weekdays for you to volunteer. Please select all availability as possibles and not solely preference.
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Short Answer Questions
There are no wrong answers to the questions below, please share your responses in 1-4 sentences.
What is your current relationship with nature and the environment?
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What is your interest in the environmental field?
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What skills or knowledge do you hope to gain from this volunteering experience?
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If known, please share your academic and professional goal(s).
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Have you had other internship or volunteering experiences in the environmental field? If any, please list and share a brief description.
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