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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



The Clarendon Corridor Habitat Conservation and Nursery Interns



The Clarendon Corridor internship employs two young adults leading volunteers to steward and expand the Clarendon Corridor on Mount Sutro via the Quarry Trail Connection, a brand new site to add to our network. The Habitat Conservation Intern will assist in our monitoring of rare plants and survivorship in the Corridor and on Mount Sutro. The Nursery Intern will assist in the propagation of native plants for the Corridor and the Quarry Trail Connection. Both interns will work on habitat expansion along the Corridor through the propagation and planting of locally native plants. To celebrate their work, working with staff, the interns will outreach to and lead free public workshops or walks for those who historically have less access to nature and to Mount Sutro, on the Rare Plants of Mount Sutro, native plant propagation, and the importance of habitat connectivity and restoration in a warming world. 

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




Habitat Conservation Intern

  • Assist in rare plant conservation through monitoring and tracking of rare plants on Mount Sutro

  • 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 habitat restoration activities and plant monitoring, 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, nursery work, or green infrastructure is needed!



This position is performed primarily outdoors and involves regular, vigorous 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.


  • 12 hours per week, temporary position for approximately 10 months, September 2022 through July 2023. The workweek is Monday - Friday with occasional Saturdays. 

  • The schedule is flexible with Wednesday and Thursday morning availability required.

  • Compensation $17.90/hour. This position is not eligible for benefits.


Applications are now closed for 2022.

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.

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