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

Restoration and Volunteer Internship, San Francisco
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Are you excited about working in the outdoors and learning about natural resources management? Are you interested in engaging communities in the Golden Gate National Parks through volunteer programs and land management projects? The Park Stewardship Program is looking for full-time interns! Come help us restore the parks and work with the surrounding communities.
Interns explore the gardens of Alcatraz
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The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program is looking for a full-time intern! Come help us restore the parks, grow plants, and work with the community.
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Fort Funston Native Plant Nursery and Volunteer Program
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Nursery Program is looking for a full-time intern! Come help us restore the parks, grow plants, and work with the community.
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Alcatraz Island - New Industries Building
The Parks Conservancy is looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for art, an interest in supporting those impacted by the prisons system, and a desire to share stories and raise awareness of the reentry process through the Future IDs at Alcatraz exhibition.
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The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Projects & Design Team is looking for two year-long Trails Forever interns to join our team!
Golden Gate Maintenance Volunteers
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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 17 million visitors annually and over 80,000 acres of land, the GGNRA is the largest urban national park in the country. 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. Facilities management involves many different activities carried out by staff and volunteers including maintaining roads and trails, planting native plants, vegetation management, maintaining an extensive irrigation system, and preserving native and historic landscapes. The Maintenance Division Volunteers-In-Parks Program engages the community in order to develop a sense of ownership and civic pride in our parks and foster protection of our cultural and natural resources.
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Are YOU excited to learn how build and maintain trails in the Golden Gate National Parks? If so, join the crew!

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