Native Plant Nursery Internship | Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)
Full-time, 10-11 months

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the world's largest national parks in an urban area, encompassing 80,000 acres of California coastal landscape north and south of the Golden Gate. The mission of the GGNRA nursery system is to provide native plants for Park restoration efforts, to be a community & educational resource, and to inspire community land stewardship. The Marin Headlands Nursery, located in Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, seeks an intern to assist in native plant production, volunteer outreach, and youth education. The nursery offers modern horticultural facilities overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Rodeo Beach, as well as the opportunity to participate in ecological restoration projects and community-based programming. The nursery is one of six in the GGNRA nursery system, which combined, is one of the largest producers of native plants in the area.

In this unique opportunity, the intern will gain skills in almost every facet of operating and maintaining a restoration nursery including plant propagation, seed collection, pest and disease control, volunteer management, youth education, land stewardship, and facility management & improvement. The intern will work closely with the Nursery Manager and Nursery Assistant, and will also have ample opportunities to work with other park staff and interns. The intern will have great opportunities to learn the flora of the GGNRA, aspects of community-based land stewardship, and fundamental nursery and restoration skills through Park Academy, a dedicated intern-training program. The intern will develop and complete a long-term, independent project based on the nursery’s needs and the intern’s interests.


Duties vary greatly by season. Primary duties include:

• Support plant propagation and plant maintenance (seed sowing, transplanting, pruning, weeding, daily monitoring, watering, fertilizing, pest control, etc.)

• Support the collection, processing, and storage of seed for propagation

• Co-lead community and group volunteer programs, generally 2 – 3 times per week

• Coordinate and lead nursery-based education programs

• Coordinate and facilitate volunteer outreach efforts

• Maintain accurate records and complete nursery database entry

• Perform tasks related to facility improvements, repair, and maintenance


• Enthusiasm for and working knowledge of CA native plants and ecological communities and/or AA/AS degree or higher in botany, environmental studies, natural sciences, horticulture or related field

• Self-starter, able to work independently in an organized and motivated manner

• Ability to work both in groups and independently with little supervision

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

• Ability to work with adults and children of diverse backgrounds

• An active interest in community outreach and education

• Ability to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Word and Excel)

• Excellent oral and written communication skills

• A valid Driver’s License in good standing, with ability to drive a truck on both unpaved roads and city streets

• Ability to lift 30 pounds

• Willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather, often on steep slopes, off-trail, and in proximity to poison oak


Application Deadline: January 3, 2015

Anticipated start Date: February 3, 2015

Length of Position: 10 – 11 month commitment

Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tuesday – Saturday schedule

Stipend: Interns who choose to live in provided housing will receive a $150/week taxable stipend, paid bi-weekly. Interns who do not live in Park housing are given $275/week taxable stipend.

Housing: Housing is provided in a dormitory-style building in the Marin Headlands with basic accommodations including a furnished private room, shared kitchen, and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract and are responsible for household chores.

To apply: Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter no later than Saturday, January 3rd to Annette Russell, Nursery Manager, at

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy endeavors to build a staff which reflects the diversity of our Bay Area community. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.