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Sutro Stewards

Mount Sutro is one of San Francisco's wildest and most beautiful green spaces. The Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, owned by UCSF, is a remarkable refuge in the heart of San Francisco, with over four miles of trails for hiking, biking, and enjoying this extraordinary place. Since 2006, Sutro Stewards has worked with thousands of volunteers to develop and maintain the multi-use trails while conserving habitat for locally native plants and wildlife and expanding access to this hidden gem. Sutro Stewards’ mission is to build community, connect people with nature, and protect and enhance the natural habitat of the mountain. Sutro Stewards is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation. Please check out our current openings below!

Jobs & Internships - seed collection at the Mount Sutro Native Plant Nursery

Full-time Positions

Health in Nature Program Manager


One of Sutro Stewards’ core principles is that experiencing nature, wildness, and adventure is critical to healthy, meaningful, and joyful lives--and that everyone should be able to benefit from access to wild nature. More and more research indicates that access to nature can reduce rates of chronic illnesses through relieving stress, strengthening social connections, and encouraging physical activity.1 Through the Health in Nature program, Sutro Stewards and UCSF are uniquely poised to leverage our expertise in the ecology of Mount Sutro, and in human health, respectively, in a partnership to prescribe nature immersion for positive health outcomes. It is a goal of this program to provide these experiences to those who have unequal access to nature due to institutionalized racism and systems that perpetuate poverty. 

The vision for a Mt. Sutro Health in Nature Program, which began in 2014, is to utilize Mt. Sutro Open Space and Sutro Stewards’ firsthand knowledge as ecological guides to: 

● Provide guided access to nature and wilderness across diverse populations of children and adults in San Francisco 

● Demonstrate the significance of UCSF mission of "Advancing Health" through community partnerships for health equity 

● Foster a partnership with UCSF clinical faculty and graduate students to develop programming within the Mt. Sutro Health in Nature Program to improve the health and well-being of patients and families

● Establish outdoor educational immersion programs which will address the complex issues of Nature Deficit Disorder and Physical Inactivity Syndrome found disproportionately in our low-income communities of color 

● Meet the needs of these uncertain times by providing Nature access to those who need it most 


The Health in Nature Program Manager will be a key lead in the development and implementation of the Health in Nature Program while working closely with the Executive Director and Sutro Stewards team. A pilot program was launched in 2022, and will continue to serve 3-5 community partners from UCSF, Bayview Hunters Point, and SFUSD. The program manager will be responsible for fundraising for this program beyond the 2025-2026 program year. 


Communication, Management, and Outreach

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to collaborate well with diverse teams and to oversee staff, interns, and volunteers, while providing clear guidance and maintaining inclusive, positive and professional communication

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong partnerships and foster open communication

  • Experience with public outreach

  • Ability to lead engaging, nature experiences for groups

  • Experience working with and building relationships of trust with underserved communities in the outdoor setting

  • Experience with giving public presentations, event planning, and grant writing

  • Experience with data collection and tracking via surveys, interviews and other means


Additional Skills and Qualifications

  • Creative, self-starter with the desire to be part of building programming from scratch

  • Positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills across a wide range of stakeholders and participants 

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, adapt to new challenges, and creatively solve problems

  • Ability to manage time and resources effectively

  • Fluent in google drive applications

  • Ability to work outside in inclement weather

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs

  • Ability to walk in steep, uneven terrain for up to 3 hours

  • Ability to spend up to 8 hours per day sitting and working on a computer


Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local ecology and native plants

  • Commitment to the mission of Sutro Stewards

  • Personal relationship with nature and extensive experience in the outdoors

  • Experience in a healing setting (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual)

  • Strong self-care practices and familiarity with Trauma-Informed Practices, Mindfulness, or other practices of presence and care


This position is 35 hours/week, $32 - $37/hour commensurate with experience. The position allows a flexible work schedule. There is currently no organizational office space. Office work is conducted from home and meetings are primarily done over zoom. The position will start primarily from a home office. Health in Nature programs are facilitated on Mount Sutro.

Applications are now closed. Thank you for your interest!


Urban Ecology Internship


Sutro Stewards Urban Ecology Internship Program instills an urban ecological ethic in participants, through hands-on education towards the fulfillment of Sutro Stewards mission. Intern positions have their own programmatic focus which can include native plant propagation and nursery maintenance; conservation, habitat restoration and monitoring; as well as support for our Health in Nature Program. As a volunteer focused, community building organization, Interns perform in-person and social media outreach, lead volunteers, support the execution of environmental education and nature immersion experiences, and work with people from diverse backgrounds and from children to elders. Internships are temporary and timeframes vary depending on the program they are supporting. 

Sutro Stewards Urban Ecology Internship seeks to fill two positions for a 9 month internship. The Conservation Intern will assist in our monitoring of rare plants and survivorship on Mount Sutro. The Nursery Intern will assist in the propagation and seed collection of native plants as well as nursery facilities maintenance. This is an unpaid internship with $1600 monthly stipends provided to cover living expenses.





Habitat Conservation Intern

  • Assist in conservation through hands on urban restoration

  • Assist in biannual and weekly vegetation monitoring projects

  • Assist in leading nursery and habitat restoration volunteer activities every Wednesday and Thursday mornings

  • Keep detailed records of plant monitoring and data entry into online databases


Nursery Intern

  • Assist in the propagation and care of healthy nursery plants (e.g. seed sowing, transplanting, watering, pruning, etc.)

  • Perform facilities maintenance duties of the nursery (e.g. cleaning, weeding, sanitizing, etc.)

  • Assist in leading nursery and habitat restoration volunteer activities every Wednesday and Thursday mornings

  • Keep detailed records of nursery activities and plant inventory, data entry into online databases


No previous experience in land conservation or nursery work is needed!



This position is performed primarily outdoors and involves regular rigorous physical activity, including, digging, lifting up to 50 lbs, hiking up steep terrain, bending, squatting for long periods of time and carrying tools and equipment to restoration sites. Exposure to poison oak, weather extremes, and other conditions can be expected.


Primary work location is the Sutro Native Plant Nursery, 476 Johnstone Dr. San Francisco, CA 94131.


  • 20 hours per week, temporary position for approximately 10 months, September 2023 to June 30, 2024. 

  • Work schedule is Tuesday through Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday morning availability required.

  • This is an unpaid internship with a $1600 monthly stipend provided to cover living expenses.


Application for 2023 are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Nursery & Conservation Internships for College Students

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The Nursery Intern will work with Sutro Stewards staff assisting with Native Plant Nursery operations. The intern will participate in plant propagation, seed collection, seed processing, pre-germination treatments, transplanting, as well as general maintenance. The intern will also assist with leading volunteer activities, inventory, and record keeping. This is a great opportunity to learn about local plant species as well as gain experience working in a nursery. Wednesday and/or Thursday morning availability is required.



The Conservation & Habitat Restoration Intern will work on conservation and habitat restoration projects including weeding and planting, seasonal planning, and site monitoring projects throughout Mount Sutro, with guidance from the Conservation Program Manager. The Conservation & Habitat Restoration Intern will also provide leadership to volunteers carrying out stewardship projects on event days. The ideal candidate will have an interest in local conservation and habitat restoration, and some experience with plant identification. Wednesday and/or Thursday morning is required.



This is an unpaid position. Interns gain hands-on knowledge and experience, receive training to support volunteer activities, and fulfills college internship requirements. Interns are assigned a capstone project that relates to their educational or personal goals. 


Please submit a resume and a brief letter of interest outlining your qualifications to with the internship title in the subject line. Internships are typically filled quarterly, but applications are accepted year-round, with a high demand in the Fall and Spring.


Sutro Stewards continuously strives to foster an inclusive and welcoming work culture and environment for staff, volunteers, advisory board members and the broader community. We value supporting each other and lifting each other up so that we can offer our best selves towards our organizational mission and the health of Mount Sutro. We value consistency, honesty, open communication, personal accountability and a diligent work ethic, while at the same time supporting personal time and community health. 

We believe that marginalized communities must be centered in the work we do, including people of color, disabled people, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities. Sutro Stewards, through the San Francisco Parks Alliance, is an equal opportunity employer, complies with ADA regulations as applicable and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and life experiences. 

Due to its work with the public, Sutro Stewards through SFPA has implemented a mandatory COVID19 vaccination policy.

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