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Seasonal Internships
seasonal internships
Internship Alumni, Suchanuch Kerdsinchai, collects wetted habitat data on a Trimble handheld device

The Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program recruits interns three times each year to assist with field work. This is an excellent way for individuals interested in pursuing a career in the sciences to gain hands-on experience collecting scientific data for fish and environmental monitoring efforts.

We encourage applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, female, first-generation college students, veterans and LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as those who have experienced and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths. 

The winter/spring season runs from January through May, the summer season from June through mid-August, and the fall season from mid-August through early-November. Specific field tasks vary by season. A commitment of two to four fulls days per week (depending on season) is required and interns receive a stipend. Total hours and stipend amount vary by season. College credit is available, but it is not necessary to be enrolled in college to participate. See the link above for more information and application instructions. 

This slideshow offers an overview of Russian River salmonids, our program objectives, primary findings and field monitoring activities for prospective interns and anyone else who is interested. 



Intern Tyson Cummings measures a juvenile salmonid.
Streamside landowner participation
Clockwise from left: Helping to release fish into the stream, Palmer Creek, a landowner helps to stock coho salmon, coho salmon young-of-the-year

The support of the community is critical to salmon and steelhead recovery, and we rely on permission from private landowners to access all of our monitoring streams. Streamside landowners can find FAQs and download entry permits on this page.  For more information, please email or call 707-687-0996.

Streamside Landowners are Key to Salmon and Steelhead Recovery

Check out this webinar recording to learn more about our monitoring work and outcomes

The support of private landowners is critical to salmon and steelhead recovery, and we rely on permission from landowners to access all of our monitoring streams. If you are among the hundreds of landowners who have granted us access in the past, we are truly grateful to you! This program would not be possible without your cooperation. 

See our most recent Community Update for highlights from the past year and visit us on social media!

We are currently renewing our agreements with thousands of streamside landowners throughout the watershed. The following letters and permits explain the nature of our monitoring and our access requests including Frequently Asked Questions: 


In local news: Coho salmon recovery programs seek help from local landowners

Watershed Stewards Program

Our program partners with the California Conservation Corps Watershed Stewards Program. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in gaining valuable experience working in watershed restoration and salmonid recovery. Placement sites include a variety of natural resource agencies and organizations throughout central and northern California. See WSP's recruitment page for more information.