Volunteer Coordination and Engagement Internship

Full-time Internship


Interns explore the gardens of Alcatraz

Do you like working with people, building community, and preserving open space?


We are looking for a Volunteer Coordination and Engagement Intern that is excited to work with a broad range of audiences and engage individuals and groups in the Golden Gate National Parks through a variety of volunteer opportunities. With over 27,000 volunteers contributing 500,000 hours of service annually, the Golden Gate National Parks has the largest volunteer program of any national park site in the country, accounting for over 10% of the hours nationwide. This internship plays a valuable role in supporting our communities and volunteer managers through this programming. maintaining this programming.


The Service & Volunteer Resources Department at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy works collaboratively with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and One Tam to engage and educate our community through parkwide volunteer programs, focusing on our regularly scheduled weekly programs, group opportunities and special events. The volunteer opportunities coordinated through the Parks Conservancy primarily support our park conservation efforts, including habitat restoration, native plant nurseries, trail maintenance, beach cleanups, historic landscaping, gardening, and cultural resource preservation.


Position Overview

The Volunteer Coordination and Engagement Intern will primarily focus on coordination of individuals and groups with our park-wide volunteer programs. They will also conduct outreach and recruitment efforts in order to engage a wide range of community members in the park. The intern will learn the fundamentals of high quality volunteer programming, as well as manage the behind the scenes aspects of event planning and preparation. Opportunities for personal growth and development such as attending classes, trainings, and networking are provided and encouraged.



  • Collaborate with our program managers in all aspects of our programs, including, but not limited to, individual and group volunteer placement, logistics, communication and documentation, facilitation of necessary resources, identifying site needs, etc.

  • Coordinate and communicate effectively by phone and email with volunteers and parkwide volunteer program managers.

  • Spearhead the Internship Spotlight Series, a program that provides peer learning and skill building opportunities for over 150 park interns.

  • Assist with organizing and preparing for special events, field projects, volunteer fairs, ongoing programs, and Park Academy classes.

  • Serve as on-the-ground program support and leadership assistance to program managers as needed.

  • Navigate database built on Salesforce platform, enter & report programmatic data, and support database admin team on projects, as assigned.

  • Use and maintain other record-keeping systems and support website updates.

  • Attend department and program-related meetings and projects.

Learning Opportunities & Benefits

  • Gain volunteer management and event planning experience at a highly regarded non-profit organization with a model partnership with two Federal agencies.

  • Gain experience with the Salesforce platform, database structure, and management of a large volume of programmatic data.

  • Become proficient in Outlook and other widely used software applications.

  • Personal/professional development days to pursue an interest outside of internship (attend a Park Academy class, attend a local conference, shadow a park professional in another field, etc.).

  • Opportunity to attend trainings and education opportunities in various departments. This includes Park Academy Classes on a variety of topics such as CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, park orientation and history, flora and fauna, program and field techniques, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion discussions, and much more!

  • Enjoy and learn about the history, scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of a spectacular national park.

  • Work with staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds that share a common interest in preserving and protecting our natural and cultural resources while building community.

  • Experience a variety of community and group programs as well as large events across the park including MLK Day of Service, Coastal Cleanup Day, and many more.

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to the value of volunteerism, as well as open space preservation and the environment.

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills; treats others with respect; speaks and writes clearly and effectively.

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and juggle several projects at once; open to new ideas and learning new tasks.

  • Energetic, flexible, resourceful, self-motivated, and a sense of humor.

  • Works well in a team; pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed while balancing team and individual responsibilities.

  • Completes tasks on time; takes responsibility for own actions; can be relied upon.

  • Demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness.

  • Must be competent in Google Docs, Word, and Excel. Experience with Outlook and database operations a plus.

  • High School Diploma required and current driver’s license with good driving record strongly preferred.

Physical Requirements and Work Environments

  • This is an office-based position with a couple of outdoor project days a month. Must be willing to work at a desk and computer for up to 8 hours and work outside in various weather conditions.

  • The office is based in Fort Mason, San Francisco.

  • Ability to lift, carry and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds.



Application deadline: Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Desired start date: Mid-July, 2019

Length of position: 10 – 12 month commitment

Schedule: 5 full days per week, primarily Tuesday - Saturday schedule.


*Compensation and Housing Options:

  • **Stipend with housing: Daily taxable stipend of $45/day with free housing. Housing consists of dormitory-style buildings in the Marin Headlands (just north of the Golden Gate Bridge). Basic accommodations include a furnished private room and shared bathroom, kitchen, and living 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: Daily taxable stipend of $75/day (no housing).

*Intern must have Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to receive stipend.

**To be eligible for housing, the intern’s permanent residence must be more than 50 miles from San Francisco.


To Apply: Please email a resume and a thoughtful cover letter detailing your reasons for interest in this position to volunteer@parksconservancy.org. Please indicate the position title in your email subject line. No phone calls or email follow-up please.


Visit the Volunteer section of our website for more background information (www.parksconservancy.org/volunteer).


The Parks Conservancy is committed to diversity in the workplace and reflecting the demographics of our Bay Area community. People from all ethnicities and from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


Application Dates

May 14, 2019-June 15, 2019

Job Type

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