Visitor Survey Research Assistant

San Francisco, California
Jul 13, 2018
Jul 27, 2018
Position Type
Temporary / Seasonal
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
Not willing to travel
Experience Level

Visitor Survey Research Assistant (Seasonal)
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the Presidio of San Francisco is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, abundant recreational opportunities, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 19 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the most visited
urban national park in the country.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

Do you want to learn more about how social science can help park officials better manage parks and visitor experiences? Are you interested in park or public land management? Would you like learn about strategies for working with the public? We are looking for passionate organized, friendly people with a strong interest in learning more about parks, park management, social science research and good communications skills.

Visitor survey assistants will provide an important contribution to helping the park learn about it’s visitors and identify ways to improve park visitor experiences, make the park more accessible and explore new ways to protect natural and cultural resources. The interns will work in the field to contact park visitors and ask them to complete a survey. At other times the intern may count visitors, compile survey data and answer visitor questions about the park. Excellent training will be provided.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: Research assistants will work in the field with other assistants and survey managers and will have a variety of duties including:

  • Contacting park visitors at assigned times and locations in the GGNRA and the Presidio
  • Conducting a brief structured interview and asking visitors to complete a survey about their visit and personal characteristics
  • Count visitors exiting a park site and record observational data
  • Working with project managers organize and compile basic data
  • Respond to visitor questions about the park
  • Receive extensive training in survey methods and park features

  • Learn about GGNRA/Presidio, its resources, events and visitors
  • Develop a solid understanding of survey research methods in parks
  • Achieve extensive experience conducting interviews with park visitors
  • Assist in basic data compilation
  • Improve public speaking skills and learn about managing visitor interactions
  • Assist in park stewardship
  • Learn about how and why parks conduct visitor research
  • Gain extensive insights into park visitor behaviors and characteristics
  • Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna identification, grant writing, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more
  • Opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park
  • Opportunity to work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting national park lands and engaging the public in that vision
  • Parking and travel reimbursement for travel within the park that is conducted as part of job responsibilities

  • A strong interest in parks and their visitors
  • Organized and detail oriented to complete assigned tasks
  • Able to work independently
  • Possessing good verbal communications skills
  • Enrolled in or earned a college degree program in recreation, parks, social science or public relations, marketing or related fields is highly desired
  • Interest in building public speaking skills
  • Full time availability for the entire survey period is highly desired. We have shifts available 7 days a week so there is some ability to meet individual scheduling needs related to specific days
  • Verbal fluency in Spanish or Cantonese as well as English a plus

  • Ability to work outdoors for four to 8 hours at a time in variable weather conditions (fog, sunshine, temperatures ranging from 45-85 degrees, winds 5-25mph) and maintain a sense of humor
  • Ability to hike up to 2 miles in rocky terrain (for Rancho Coral de Tierra site)
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • This job is in the national park and public transit access can be tricky.  Reliable personal transportation is a plus

  • TERMS:
  • Availability during the following shifts: 7:00 AM- 11:00 AM; 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM; or 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Intern must be able to work in half-day or full day increments
  • Intern must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
  • Full or Part-time, Seasonal
  •   Applications accepted until position is filled.  No phone calls please.   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.

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