SEE Putah Creek

Learning by Leading Program


andrew-fulks-croppedStaff Mentor
Andrew Fulks
Assistant Director
(530) 752-0763

Student Coordinator


Now Recruiting! Applications Due September 24, 2017.

Our S.E.E. (Steward, Engage, Explore) Putah Creek interns will gain experience in the management and stewardship of natural lands which will provide them with a deeper connection and understanding of the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve and the riparian and upland ecosystems within it.

Through engaging in the ongoing stewardship of the Reserve, the interns will use observational skills to understand the cause and effect of the changing environment within the creek corridor. They will work in teams to identify small projects (such as trail repair, revegetation, visitor amenities, art installations) that they would like to implement, and work with staff on completing them.

The internship provides valuable qualitative insights into the creek and the challenges faced in stewarding a system with human influence and interference, as well as creative leadership opportunities for identifying and addressing management concerns within natural areas.

Quarters: Fall, Winter, or Spring
Units: 1 unit

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