Internship, Restoration Nursery & Community Programs

Full-time Internship


An intern works next to volunteers in the nursery shadehouse.

Below is the basic description of the internship. For additional details, click here.

Are you interested in native plants, working outdoors, and growing plants for restoration? Are you excited to work with a wide range of audiences including community volunteers and youth?

We are looking for 6 year-long interns to join the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program! The Park Nurseries support the mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by providing native plants for restoration efforts, serving as outdoor classrooms, and encouraging community volunteers. As a team and as a public-serving program, we are committed to equity and inclusion.


Plant and Nursery Work: Interns assist with plant production including seed collection, propagation, and care of native plants for restoration. With training and ample hands-on practice, interns will: identify and collect seeds and cuttings in the field; process and store seeds; sow 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.

Volunteer and Education Programs: Interns assist with managing education, volunteer, and community programs. With training and ample hands-on practice, interns will: co-lead volunteer and curriculum-based education programs; educate new volunteers and students in nursery practices and plant identification; give presentations for a variety of audiences; recruit, coordinate, and retain volunteers; record and enter program records into a database; coordinate and perform outreach; take and organize digital images; and support summer youth interns.


  • Interest in plants and restoration: Supports the preservation and protection of native plant and wildlife communities. Knowledge of or interest in native plants, nursery work, restoration, environmental studies, or another related field. Wants to learn plant identification and how to use taxonomic keys.
  • Interest in education and volunteer programs: Interested in leading, teaching, and encouraging volunteers and youth groups. Committed to treating all people with respect regardless of background, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or viewpoints.
  • Work ethic: Wants to work outside while maintaining a positive attitude. Able to work in a focused manner, whether alone or in a team. After initial guidance and training, can work on projects independently.
  • Record keeping: Able to accurately record information and data. Can self-check work and use computer programs (Microsoft Office/Excel or Google Docs). Willing to use other applications and nursery database systems.
  • Driving: A valid driver’s license and willingness to drive a pickup truck. If selected, needs a successful DMV record check and clearance to drive company vehicles.


  • Interns work primarily at one of three program sites (Marin Headlands, Presidio, or Fort Funston/Oceana).
  • Work is performed mainly outdoors. Exposure to ticks, poison oak, weather extremes, and other conditions can be expected. There is additional work indoors and operating computers.
  • Work requires the ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • This position receives training and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safe use of disinfectants and tools.


Internship Start: January 14, 2020

Length of Position: 11-month commitment through December 2020

Schedule: 40 hours per week, Tuesday - Saturday schedule

Vacation and sick time provided

Compensation and Housing Options:

  • Stipend with housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $225/week and free housing. Housing is a single-occupancy, dormitory-style building in the Presidio or in the Marin Headlands. Basic accommodations include a furnished private room, shared kitchen, and common areas. Interns must sign a housing contract, abide by residential rules, and help maintain the household. Housing does not accommodate partners, family members, or pets.
  • Stipend without housing: Weekly taxable per diem stipend of $375/week (no housing). Eligibility for this option is limited; please inquire if interested.


Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume including relevant personal and professional experience.

Apply by October 14 by sending your application (in PDF format) to


For more details—on training provided, typical work schedule, housing, work locations, what to include in your application, and more—visit our Internship Information page.


The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy strives to include staff and interns from a wide range of backgrounds to better serve the many communities of the Bay Area. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply.


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