Volunteer In Parks (VIP) Internships

Open On A Rolling Basis Throughout The Year

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Choose from internships in community outreach, media & communications, ecoglogical restoration, historic landscape stewardship, education & youth programs, historical interpretation, park administration, and more!

Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP) Internship Program Details

  • VIP Internships open on a rolling basis throughout the year
  • Receive a $30 per day stipend plus park housing or a $55 per day stipend without park housing (check internship position description)
  • Part-time or full time positions are available
  • Positions are typically 6 months to one year
  • Work in San Francisco, Marin, and San Mateo counties
  • Contribute to meaningful projects with a network of people who love their jobs
  • Check out volunteer.gov and the list of current openings (below)
  • See the VIP Internships Timeline (below) to find out when internships begin and end
  • Apply to individual internships when they open

To comply with federal and state laws all interns must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to receive the taxable internship stipend. The process to obtain a SSN or ITIN can be very lengthy so please plan accordingly. You may find more information here:

Please also note that stipends are a taxable event. Taxes are not withheld from stipends. Stipends are a per diem to cover costs associated with the internship (such as commuting expenses).

Contact Elizabeth Lindner; Manager, Park Internship Programs at 415-561-3017 or elindner@parksconservancy.org.

Current Internships

A group of interns pose together outside of a building while smiling at the camera
Our Work
Are you interested in maps and being outside? Do you like the idea of translating real world park features into graphics and databases? What about developing high quality cartography and web maps? We are looking for a Cartography and GIS intern who is excited about working with maps and spatial data; cultural, natural and visitor resources!
A group of interns pose together outside of a building while smiling at the camera
Our Work
Are you interested in maps and being outside? Do you like the idea of translating real world park features into graphics and databases? What about developing high quality cartography and web maps? We are looking for a Cartography and GIS intern who is excited about working with maps and spatial data; cultural, natural and visitor resources!
Interns explore the gardens of Alcatraz
Our Work
Is a day outdoors your idea of the perfect job? Are you passionate about gardening? Would you like to speak with park visitors from all over the world? Come help us steward the award-winning gardens of this National Historic Landmark.
2018 GGRO Interns
Our Work
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is seeking passionate biology or environmental science students who enjoy learning about birds and interacting with many different and multifaceted people in team settings.
Golden Gate Maintenance Volunteers
Our Work
The mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Facilities Management Division is to maintain the park’s buildings and landscaped areas for the use and enjoyment of park staff and visitors.
An intern works next to volunteers in the nursery shadehouse.
Our Work
We are looking for 6 year-long interns to join the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program! Come help us restore the parks, grow plants, and work with the community.

YOU CAN ENSURE THAT OUR PARKS WILL ALWAYS WELCOME ALL

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