Development & Special Events Intern

Golden Gate National Parks; San Francisco

Part-Time, March – October 2017


The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both local and international visitors. With over 15 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country. As the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s mission is to preserve the GGNRA, enhance the park visitor experience and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

The Development and Events department of the Parks Conservancy works diligently to create and execute events, strengthen relationships and provide unique experiences in the GGNRA for donors, members, staff, volunteers, partners and the general community.


Are you passionate about engaging people in the national parks? Do you want to learn about fundraising, event planning and communications in the context of increasing support for the Golden Gate National Parks? Are you interested in getting experience in nonprofit development, donor relations and special events?

Under the supervision of the Senior Events Coordinator, the Development & Special Events Intern will work in a highly collaborative team to support a variety of activities related to events in the parks, the Trails Forever initiative and Friends of the Golden Gate (FOGG – young professionals group). The primary activities will include event planning and production, supporting our annual fundraising Trails Forever Dinner and assisting with FOGG Trail Mixer events. This intern will also gain exposure to unique experiences in the national parks and work within a dynamic and innovative partnership with fantastic networking potential.


As the Development & Special Events Intern, you will support the planning and coordination of a variety of outdoor and indoor events. These events may include the annual Trails Forever Dinner, auction package events, Parks Conservancy Leaders Circle (PCLC) donor events, Friends of the Golden Gate (FOGG) monthly Trail Mixers, FOGG Fest, and staff and volunteer events.

  • Assist with on-site event execution which include set-up, registration and breakdown

  • Support administration and communications around event management including but not limited to guest lists, data input, calendars, evaluations and expense reports

  • Work with the Events team, Development team and key volunteers to help coordinate event planning and logistics

  • Assist with donor acknowledgement letters, invitations and mailings using Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Word and Excel and other appropriate programs

  • Attend committee planning meetings and take meeting notes

  • Research sources for event vendors, equipment, programs and attendees of events

  • Organize and maintain Event department files and event supplies

  • Attend occasional events industry networking and educational events

  • Complete special projects as needed


  • Gain new experience in event planning and production

  • Gain insight in the special events industry

  • Work on meaningful projects that support your local National Park

  • Opportunity to take personal/professional development days to pursue an interest, including training and education opportunities in various departments within the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

  • Opportunity to attend Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics including resume building and interview skills, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, mapping and monitoring, computer skills, and much more

  • Opportunities to work with the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy and Presidio Trust staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in our parks

  • Make new friends and learn from the Parks Conservancy, a highly regarded non-profit

  • Fifty-five Dollar ($55.00) per day taxable stipend available

  • Understand inner workings of a nonprofit organization that encourages creative thinking, innovation and collaboration


  • Must be 21 years or older

  • Must be available 2-3 days a week including:

    • First Thursday of every month FOGG Trail Mixers

    • May 7th Family Campfire

    • July 4th Leaders Circle Fireworks

    • September 18-24th Trails Forever Dinner set up and event

    • October 21st FOGG Fest

    • Some nights and weekends for events

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record

  • Strong interpersonal, verbal (including phone work) and written communication skills

  • Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, and Google Docs

  • Strong interest in the national parks and love of being outdoors

  • Creative, energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and a sense of humor

  • A positive, “can do” attitude and enthusiasm to learn and research

  • Desire to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints

  • Ability to work independently and to learn new skills as needed

  • Spanish language skills are a PLUS


  • Must enjoy working inside, outside and in cold, windy environments

  • Frequent walking, standing, reaching and lifting

  • Must be able to lift and carry equipment up to 50 lbs.


  • Desired Time Frame: March 6 – October 21, 2017

  • Schedule and length: 2-3 days per week, some nights and weekends for events, may reach up to 5-6 days a week (during Trails Forever only)

  • Fifty-five dollar ($55.00) per day taxable stipend available

  • Intern must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to receive stipend


Email your resume and cover letter to by February 22, 2017.

The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service seek to increase diversity in the workplace and reflect the demographics of our Bay Area community. People of color and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.