Native Plant Nursery Education and Volunteer Management Intern
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Full-time, 11 months, Housing + Stipend

Are you passionate about working with diverse youth, building community, and habitat restoration?

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program is looking for a Nursery Education Intern! 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 (Primary internship site)
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.

Volunteer and Education Programs (80%): Intern assists with all aspects of managing education, volunteer, and community programs. Training includes how to: support and co-lead volunteer and curriculum-based education programs; educate new volunteers and students in nursery practices and plant identification; give outdoor presentations for a variety of audiences; deliver in-classroom presentations to students; recruit, coordinate, and retain volunteers; record and enter program records into a database; coordinate and perform outreach; take and organize digital images; and supervise a summer youth intern.

Garden and Nursery Tasks (20%): Intern assists with all aspects of native plant production and garden upkeep, which includes seed collection, propagation, care of native plants for restoration, and maintenance of paths and beds in our 1.5-acre habitat demonstration garden. Training includes how to: perform routine maintenance such as watering, weeding, pruning, and fertilizing; conduct facility maintenance, repair, cleaning, and improvements; identify and collect native plant materials in the field; process and store seeds; sow, germinate, and transplant seedlings; maintain garden trails and beds; and follow best management practices for nursery sanitation.


•    Committed to treating all people with respect, regardless of background, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or viewpoints.
•    Enthusiasm for working with youth and community members
•    Interest in environmental education, ecological restoration, or community stewardship, and/or experience in environmental studies, education, 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.
•    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 and walking, with limited 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: 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 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.

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 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.

Contact Information

Desmond Murray