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

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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.
Aurora Perez.
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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!
Stewardship Intern at Work
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The Golden Gate National Parks Division of Natural Resources is looking for a full-time intern! Assist with field monitoring duties at wetland and coastal sites in the Golden Gate National Parks, primarily in Marin County.
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Trail Construction and Maintenance Interns work with a diverse and inclusive National Park Service trail crew and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff by assisting in the construction and maintenance of park trails in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Stewardship Program, Youth Programs Internship
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The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Park Stewardship Program Youth Team is looking for a full-time Intern! Come help us steward the restoration sites within the Golden Gate National Parks.
Interns and staff in the Marin Headlands in 2018.
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Coastal Trail Trailhead at Fort Cronkhite
Marin County
Oakwood Valley Trail Trailhead
Muir Beach Overlook
Redwood Trailhead
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Park Stewardship Program is looking for a full-time Intern! Come help us steward the restoration sites within the Golden Gate National Parks.

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