Environmental Education Intern (LOCAL CANDIDATE Preferred)

Expected Dates
June 24, 2019 to September 29, 2019
San Francisco Dept. of Recreation and Parks
Position ID
LOCAL ONLY-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 Opens 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 established YSP curriculum to meet teacher’s 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, demonstration garden and Alemany Farms.

Support Occasional Greenager and large volunteer workdays

Weekly/Monthly SCA/AmeriCorps reporting/logs/phone conferences 


Desired Qualifications:

Enjoys working with diverse intergenerational crowds, and 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 willing to learn independently and through experience

B.A. or B.S. in 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

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

Must be able to commit fully to 40 hours per week and total 1700 hours; 10 month commitment.


Interns will receive hands-on trainings as well as formal workshop style trainings over the course of a year in San Francisco natural history and ecology, youth leadership techniques, restoration skills, and program coordination, special event planning and general operation trainings.

Occasional SCA/AmeriCorps trainings

Overnight team, building/training trips will be mandatory-Dates to be determined. 

Internship Term: A full 45-week term required (October 1, 2017 -August 10, 2018)



Time Commitment: 40 hours per week /or a total of 1700 hours per term


Two positions: Monday-Friday (40 hours/wk)

Two positions: Tues-Saturday (40 hours/wk)



$285 weekly stipend, paid bi-weekly

Eligibility for $5,900 AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of 1700 hours and position end date (subject to award availability)

$1,000 month housing allowance


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.      

  • Within the City of San Francisco
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Community Engagement
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision