Youth Stewardship Intern (LOCAL CANDIDATES PREFERRED) (PO-00735548)

Youth Stewardship Program Intern (LOCAL APPLICANTS PREFERRED):  

Internship Term: A full 42-week term is required (November 6, 2023 – August 25, 2024) 
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday (40 hours/wk) (occasionally work Saturdays for special events) 

Primary Area of Focus: Youth Stewardship Program, a free environmental service learning program.  YSP’s full program includes 1 in-class visit and 5 field trips.  Each trip consists of environmental education activities and habitat restoration work.

  • Coordinate, schedule, and co-lead in-class presentations and thematic field trips to San Francisco’s city parks and natural areas for grades 2nd -12th grade.
  • Utilize environmental education curriculum and resources to create meaningful lesson plans
  • Communicate and coordinate with the Parks and Open Space Division to design and implement intentional age-appropriate habitat restoration projects.
  • Have an ongoing dialogue with teachers and educators to schedule field trips and modify the established YSP curriculum to meet teachers’ needs when necessary.
  • Maintain thorough data collection and records including creating and conducting surveys, capturing media documentation, creating reports etc., to meet grant deliverables.
  • Support and coordinate with Volunteer Operation staff to prepare and lead Volunteer projects, meetings, outreach, and special events.
  • Lead Urban Ag-focused trips in the youth Stewardship Program, a demonstration garden, and Alemany Farms.
  • Support Occasional Greenager and large volunteer workdays


  • $700 weekly stipend, paid bi-weekly
  • $ 900-month housing allowance 
  • Health Insurance if required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enjoys working with diverse intergenerational crowds, and has a strong interest in working with youth
  • Interest and experience in Urban Agriculture and Urban Parks
  • Experience leading/facilitating youth through structured activities
  • Able to engage and comfortable managing groups of youth  and/or adults for 2+ hours
  • Works well in a team setting and similarly, is self-motivated  and can work independently
  • Passion for the environment and working outdoors
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate; MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Internet
  • Previous related experience or background in biology, environmental studies, or other related subjects or strong interest and willingness to learn independently and through experience
  • B.A. or B.S. in a related subject (preferred not required)
  • Multi-lingual, ideally in Spanish and/or Cantonese
  • Comfortable driving large trucks or willing to learn
  • Ideally Bay Area resident
  • Passion for the environment and working outdoors and genuine interest in connecting youth to nature 
  • Previous related experience or background in biology, environmental studies, or other related subjects or strong interest and willing to learn independently and through experience 
  • B.A. or B.S. in related subject  
  • Comfortable driving large trucks or willing to learn 
  • Ideally a current Bay Area resident 

Required Qualifications:

  • Willing to work occasional off hours and outdoors in inclement weather
  • California State Drivers’ License with a good driving record
  • Experience working with youth is a must

Interns will receive hands-on training as well as formal workshop-style training over the course of a year in San Francisco's natural history and ecology, youth leadership techniques, restoration skills, program coordination, special event planning, and general operation training. Interns will also learn key aspects of program, and project management through hands-on work, and inter-departmental and cross-agency collaborations. 


  • A high commitment to learning about San Francisco Parks and Open Spaces.  
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence and self-awareness, inspires confidence and trust, and welcomes feedback. 
  • Highly collaborative team player able to motivate and work with staff and partners and work cross-functionally between SFRPD departments 
  • Able to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities, while exercising good judgment and staying focused on overarching goals.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Computer literate; MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, and Google. 
  • Willingness to work occasional off hours and outdoors in inclement weather. 
  • Experience leading/facilitating youth through structured activities independently. 
  • Comfortable working with small and large intergenerational crowds. 
  • Must possess a valid California State Drivers’ License  
  • Willingness to submit a copy of driving record if hired 
  • Commit to 40 hours per week and total of 1700 hours; 10-month commitment 
  • Must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by the start of the position 

To Apply:

 Select Conservation Intern & Corps for your program of interest on the preliminary application. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and three references.


Position ID: PO-00735548

Expected Dates: November 6, 2023 - August 25, 2024

501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Not needed

Housing or Stipend Provided?
C.Partner will pay the SCA to provide housing allowance for the member.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association