Native Plant Nursery Intern

Native Plant Nursery Intern

Native Plant Nursery Intern

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Full-time, 11 months, Housing + Stipend

Are you interested in native plants, working outdoors, and learning about ecological restoration? Are you excited to work with a wide range of audiences through native plant propagation and community-based volunteer programs?

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program is looking for five year-long interns! The four nurseries of the Parks Conservancy are hubs of vibrant community and education programming in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Park Nurseries support the mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by providing native plants for restoration efforts, serving as an educational resource, and inspiring community land stewardship. As a team and as a public-serving program, we are committed to equity and inclusion.


THE PRESIDIO NURSERY: 2 internship positions available

The Presidio Native Plant Nursery attracts many Bay Area visitors and is operated through a partnership of three agencies. This nursery facility is the largest and sits in the heart of a former military base, walking distance to the Golden Gate Bridge.

THE MARIN HEADLANDS NURSERY: 1 internship position available

Nestled in scenic and remote parklands north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands Nursery has the second largest growing capacity and is surrounded by hiking trails overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

THE FORT FUNSTON AND OCEANA NURSERIES: 1 internship position available

The Fort Funston Nursery sits atop picturesque sea bluffs loved by local San Francisco residents. This nursery houses the the longest running program in which some volunteers have been participating for over 20 years. Further south, the Oceana High School Nursery is a student-focused program emphasizing the stewardship of adjacent parklands in Pacifica, CA.


Plant Propagation: Interns assist with all aspects of native plant production including seed collection, propagation, and care of native plants for restoration. Training includes how to: identify and collect native plant materials in the field; process and store seeds; sow, germinate, and transplant seedlings; perform routine maintenance like watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilizing; conduct facility maintenance, repair, cleaning, and improvements; keep accurate records and use a specialized database; and follow best management practices for nursery sanitation.

Community Programs: Interns assist with all aspects of managing a volunteer program and coordinating outreach. Training includes how to: support and co-lead weekly volunteer and education programs; educate new volunteers and students in nursery practices and plant identification; give outdoor presentations for a variety of audiences, including youth; recruit, coordinate, and retain volunteers; record and enter volunteer program records into a database; and take and organize digital images.


  • Committed to treating all people with respect regardless of background, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or viewpoints.

  • Interested in horticulture or native plants, and/or experience in botany, environmental studies, natural sciences, or another related field.

  • Enjoys working outside while maintaining a positive attitude.

  • Able to work in a motivated manner both independently and on a team.

  • Interested in supervising, training, and inspiring volunteers and youth groups.

  • Able to accurately record information and data, and to self-check work.

  • Interested in learning plant identification and using taxonomic keys.

  • Committed to the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities.

  • Able to use basic computer programs (Microsoft Suite). Willing to learn and use other applications and nursery database systems.

  • Clearance to drive company vehicles. Internship requires a valid driver’s license and successful DMV record check.


  • Work is primarily performed outdoors with some indoor office work. The position requires periods of standing, walking, and hiking, including potential exposure to ticks and poison oak.

  • Work requires the ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

  • This position receives training and personal protective equipment for the safe use of chemicals, sharp tools, and power tools.


Application Deadline: October 30, 2017

Internship Start: mid-January 2018

Length of Position: 11-month commitment through December 2018

Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday schedule

Paid vacation and sick time provided

Compensation and Housing Options:

  • Stipend with housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $150/week is provided with no-cost housing. Housing is provided in a single-occupancy, dormitory-style building in the Marin Headlands or Presidio. Basic accommodations include a furnished private room, shared kitchen, and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract, abide by the residential rules, and contribute to the maintenance of the household. Unfortunately, housing does not accommodate partners, family members, or pets.

  • Stipend without housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $275/week is provided without housing. Eligibility for this option is limited; please inquire if interested.


Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume including personal and professional experience that is relevant to this position. Please specify special skills, personal background, and unique perspectives you would bring to the position (e.g., previous experience with equity and inclusion work, multilingual abilities, cultural competency, or technical skills like GIS, photography, art, etc.)

Send your application as a single document to PDF format is preferred, but Microsoft Word versions are acceptable.

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.