Youth Programs Internship, Park Stewardship Program

Full-time Internship


Youth Programs Internship, Park Stewardship Program

Are you passionate about working with youth, building community, and restoring open spaces?

We are looking for an individual who is excited about engaging local youth in service, learning, experiential education and leadership experiences in the Golden Gate National Parks.

The Park Stewardship Program actively engages Bay Area youth with service learning opportunities in the Golden Gate National Parks. We are looking for a Youth Stewardship Program Intern who is excited to work with a broad range of young people in the Golden Gate National Parks through a variety of service and learning opportunities.

Description of Duties
Working directly under the Youth Programs Manager, the Youth Programs Intern will

  • Plan, organize, and lead weekly and monthly service-learning programs for K-12 youth in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin County.
    • Collaborate with Park ecologists to organize service projects for youth volunteers
    • Organize and lead outdoor trips and service projects for youth
    • Perform outreach and build partnerships with local schools and youth organizations
    • Learn to develop and deliver culturally relevant outdoor programs
  • Co-lead the LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natural Community) program during the summer
    • Outreach to local high school students, especially those from underserved communities
    • Lead youth in cultural and natural resource conservation projects
    • Work with youth to enhance their leadership, teamwork, and professional skills
  • Assist with all aspects of managing an outdoor youth program
    • Build partnerships with and perform outreach to Bay Area communities
    • Maintain detailed data collection and track key program statistics
    • Capture, edit, and share digital media to promote the program
  • Support other stewardship efforts by leading habitat restoration volunteer events, removing invasive plants, planting native plants, working in native plant nurseries, and maintaining trails

Desired Knowledge and Skills

  • Interested in habitat restoration, ecology, and natural resource management
  • Attracted to outdoor and experiential education
  • Passionate about youth development and social justice
  • Experience with youth of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds
  • Loves nature, working outdoors, and getting your hands dirty
  • Confident speaking in front of groups
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Values teamwork and leadership development; can give and receive constructive feedback
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and Google products (docs and sheets)
  • Valid Driver's License with a clean record is required

Physical Requirements and Work Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office setting 1-2 days per week and outdoors 3-4 days per week
  • Ability to obtain a California Class C Commercial Driver’s License with a Passenger Endorsement. Intern will drive a 12-15 passenger van on windy roads for up to 4 hours at a time.
  • Work outdoors up to 6 hours per day in inclement weather, on steep slopes, and in areas with poison oak and ticks
  • Lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds and hike up to 10 miles over uneven terrain

Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation includes a taxable stipend of $375/week OR a taxable stipend of $225/week with dorm housing. Applicant must be at least 21 years old to live in dorms. Dorm amenities include:
    • Private single room
    • In-unit washer/dryer
    • Free Wi-Fi and utilities
    • Daily commute shuttle
    • Communal kitchen and living spaces
    • Easy access to the nation’s premier urban National Park
  • Receive training in AED/CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and Commercial Class C Drivers License
  • Special access to Park Academy classes 


  • Desired Start Date: October 1, 2019
  • Length of Position: 1 year
  • Schedule: 40 hours per week with regular early, late, or overnight days. Tuesday to Saturday during the school year and Monday to Friday during the summer months.
  • Youth Programs Intern reports directly to Youth Programs Manager

To Apply

  • Please email a resume and cover letter to Elsa Calvillo at with the position titile in the subject line.
  • We are accepting applications until the end July. Interviews will be scheduled for early/mid August.

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.

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