Alcatraz & Black Point Historic Gardens Internship

Full-time Internship, February 2020 - January 2021


Interns explore the gardens of Alcatraz

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a destination for both locals and international visitors with its sweeping vistas, immense biological diversity, and unique cultural resources. With over 19 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country.  Alcatraz receives 5000 visitors a day, many of whom wish to see the restored historic gardens.

We are looking for an intern interested in all aspects of horticulture, maintenance of the gardens, visitor engagement, and volunteer program management. Working as part of a team, the intern will work under the direction of the Program Managers. The intern will also work alongside and supervise garden volunteers. The intern will also be involved with beginning phases of garden restoration at a historic garden at Fort Mason.

Most importantly, you will be an integral part of a diverse and fun Park Stewardship team, and will obtain an in-depth understanding of the values of the park system through shared experiences, workshops, and ongoing dialogue.

Description of Duties


Garden Maintenance

  • Care for all garden areas, using the proper techniques and practices of horticulture; this includes weeding, efficient irrigation, fertilizing, planting, composting, and pruning. Reprt any needed insect/disease control.

  • Assist with all aspects of propogation and greenhouse management.

  • Maintain a clean and orderly storage area. Care for tools and equipment. Report any necessary replacement and repairs.


Volunteer Management & Outreach



  • Learn how and then be able to train and supervise volunteers and lead volunteer groups in planned activities and safe garden practices.

  • Communicate with visitors about park issues.

  • Learn how and then be able to lead interpretive garden walks for visitors.

  • Create, edit, and  produce educational and outreach materials such as a monthly newsletter and a blog posting.

  • Engage with diverse audiences.

  • Learn data entry to track volunteer hours and work performed.

Desired Knowledge and Skills

  • Love of the outdoors and horticulture
  • Desire to learn garden maintenance and become knowledgable about plants
  • Energetic and self-motivated, ability to work independently once provided direction
  • Good communication skills, respect for others
  • Ability to work with a diversity of people with different backgrounds, ethnicity, races, genders, sexualities, ages, and viewpoints
  • Reliable and punctual
  • Ability to learn basic computer skills

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

  • Desire and ability to work outdoors and in inclement weather. This is a physically strenuous job - most days will require walking up steep hills
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Intern will work both indoors and outdoors


  • Taxable per diem stipend of $45/day ($225/week) is provided with dorm-style housingi intern's permanent address is 50 miles or more from San Francisco OR $75 ($375/week) without housing
  • Gain professional development skills such as public speaking, time management, organization and horticultural expertise and experience working in award-winning gardens
  • Opportunity to take six professional development days to attend classes offered by Park Academy
  • Opportunity to obtain CPR certification, wilderness first aid qualifications, and NPS interpretive training
  • Opportunity to live in and enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular National Park working alongside staff and volunters from diverse backgrounds


  • Desired start date: February 1, 2020 or until filled
  • Length of internship: February 1, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Schedule: 4-5 days per week, Tuesday through Saturday
  • Intern must have U.S. Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number required to receive stipend

To Apply

  • Please email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter  to
  • Position will be posted until filled
  • No phone calls please

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy strives to engage a workforce reflective of the community it serves. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, national or ethnic origin religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability. We will consider qualified candidates with criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Application Dates

February 1, 2019-January 1, 2021

Job Type


More than ever, we need public lands where communities can come together.