Applications for the LINC Summer Program Now Live (click here)

Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for an adventure and willing to try new things?

Linking Individuals to their Natural Community (LINC) is a summer internship program for high school students based in the Golden Gate National Parks. During this six week long program, students assist with service projects, gain career and leadership skills, and take field trips to special park sites such as Alcatraz and Muir Woods. Projects and activities vary by week and include trail work, plant propagation, and habitat restoration. In addition, students will get the opportunity to learn more about ecology and science. The 2017 summer will begin with a 4-day camping trip to Yosemite National Park, during which participants will support a service project, engage in team building, explore the sites, and take an 8 mile hike.

Questions and Information

Is this program the right fit for me?
Do you enjoy being outside? Are you looking for an adventure and willing to try new things? The LINC summer high school program is ideal for students who are open to new experiences, eager to learn new skills, and enjoy working outside. No previous experience is necessary—just an ample supply of enthusiasm.

How old do I have to be to participate?
All applicants must be currently enrolled in high school. Current high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all welcome to apply to the program.

How will the program be organized?
The LINC program consists of two teams, one in the north (LINC: Tam) and one in the south (LINC: Golden Gate). Each session will consist of a team of 17-18 students who will meet each morning at our park offices. LINC: Tam participants meet at the MMWD headquarters in Corte Madera, and LINC: Golden Gate participants meet each morning at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Students will work 8 hour days, 4 days per week for a total of 6 weeks.

What are the dates of the program?
LINC: Golden Gate will start on Monday, June 19th, and LINC: Tam will begin on Monday, June 26th. Each program is six weeks long.

Is transportation provided?
Once students arrive at the office, all transportation to the field sites is provided. The LINC: Golden Gate team provides a morning carpool from the Civic Center Bart Station to our office at Fort Mason. For LINC: Tam, there is a Golden Gate transit bus stop within walking distance of the MMWD headquarters.

What kinds of service projects are involved?
LINC interns provide a wide variety of service for the parklands and local open space. Past projects have included maintaining trails, growing plants at our native plant nurseries, creating habitat for endangered species, restoring historic sailing ships, and building fences to protect sensitive park sites. These service projects vary each year depending on park priorities and project availability.

What kinds of field trips and workshops are provided?
Field trips and workshops vary can from year to year depending on scheduling opportunities. Students in years past have gone on ropes courses and taken behind-the-scenes tours at Alcatraz. Through workshops, LINC participants will get the chance to develop personal resumes, learn medicinal uses of California native plants, and more!

Will there be an opportunity to backpack?
Maybe. Some of the teams have organized a short backpacking trip to Point Reyes towards the end of the program. Each team will help to organize a final adventure after the program begins.

Does the program cost anything?
The LINC program does not cost anything. Youth who complete the LINC program will receive an educational award of $1000. All gear and meals will be provided for the overnight backpacking trips. Limited funding is available to offset commute expenses for those who qualify.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2018 summer program will go live on February 1st. Thank you for your interest and please check back at that time.

What is the best way to prepare for the interview?

Read this FAQ for tips on how to prepare for the interview.

For more information, please contact Youth Programs Manager Elsa Calvillo at

Contact Information

Elsa Calvillo