Employment & Internships

Thanks for your interest in working for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. All job openings and internship positions are posted on this page, as well as on the County of Sonoma employment website.

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Advisory Committee Youth Member
Land Stewardship Intern

Advisory Committee Youth Member

Ag + Open Space is currently recruiting one youth member to join its Advisory Committee – a citizens’ advisory committee that reviews and advises on real property transactions, provides broad-based citizen input on District operations, and acts as ambassadors for the District within the community. The committee includes representatives from each of the supervisorial districts, the Mayors’ and Councilmembers’ Association, as well as individuals representing agriculture, the environment, real estate, and business.

What are the responsibilities and qualifications required of the youth members?
Young people interested in being an official youth member should:

  • Live or attend school in Sonoma County and be between the ages of 16 and 24
  • Serve a one-year term from August 2018 through June 2019
  • Participate in a new member orientation during the summer 2018
  • Attend regular meetings – the fourth Thursday of the month from 5-7pm
  • Contribute your input and perspective and vote on action items
  • Work closely with an adult ally that is a current group member
  • Share news and information with your school and community
  • Optional: Participate on a subcommittee
  • Optional: Complete a project educating your peers about district issues

What are some of the benefits and incentives for participating?
This is a great opportunity if you want to make a difference. Other benefits could include:

  • Earn community service credit required by many high schools and colleges
  • Develop your leadership skills and get involved in Sonoma County government
  • Explore new career opportunities
  • Learn about issues affecting your community and how you can take action
  • Develop strong peer relationships with adults, including working with an adult ally
  • Meet new people while having fun!

How do interested young people apply?
Ag + Open Space is participating in a County-wide recruitment led by the Department of Health Services (DHS). Please download the DHS application (PDF) here and indicate your interest in the "Ag and Open Space District."

Applications for the 2018-2019 youth member positions are due by 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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Land Stewardship Intern

Compensation: $13.61 - $16.54 Hourly
Opening date: April 9, 2018
Closing date: April 30, 2018

Ag + Open Space is currently seeks a motivated Undergraduate Land Stewarship Intern to join its Stewardship program.

The Stewardship program ensures protection and enhancement of conservation values for protected lands. In support of the program, the Land Stewardship Intern will support the following tasks, both in the field and at the office:

  • Field work on District-protected properties, including easements and District-owned properties.
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS) data collection and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data maintenance.
  • Property information research using public records.
  • Organization and maintenance of Stewardship Program files and database.
  • Research of land management best practices and other technical subjects, and summarization of findings.

The ideal candidate will be a high school graduate, currently enrolled in a natural resources or environmental science academic or vocational program, who possesses:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office and GIS programs. Detail-oriented, able to manage data with precision and accuracy.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted online here or visit www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org.

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Ag + Open Space offers student internship opportunities for academic credit through Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College on a limited basis. Interns are usually recruited through the Environmental Studies and/or Natural Resources Management Departments prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. For more information, email openspace@sonoma-county.org.

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