Jobs & Internships

Executive Director


Conservation and Nursery Internships

Executive Director


December 2019



The mission of Sutro Stewards is to build community, connect people with nature, and protect and enhance Mount Sutro, one of the city’s wildest and most beautiful green spaces. We do this by working with volunteers to develop and maintain multi-use trails while conserving habitat for locally native plants and wildlife. 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 expand access to and protect this hidden gem. Sutro Stewards is a fiscally sponsored project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation.



The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing operations, fundraising, programs, and strategic planning for Sutro Stewards. Other key duties include partnership-building and community outreach. The position reports to the Sutro Stewards Advisory Board and San Francisco Parks Alliance.



Operations and Fundraising

  • Ability to track and manage organization and project budgets

  • Ability to secure funding for mission-focused priorities, including donor outreach and researching and preparing grant applications

  • Skills to drive organizational strategic planning with support from the Advisory Board

  • Ability to oversee trails, conservation, nursery, and education programs and to ensure field safety

  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to create effective systems to track progress and evaluate programs


Partnerships and Advocacy

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

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive relationships with community groups, partners, and other stakeholders; ability to be a successful liaison with UCSF, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and the Advisory Board

  • Ability to ensure that Sutro Stewards can successfully advocate for its conservation and trails priorities, including playing a role in citywide advocacy

  • Ability to develop, maintain, and support a strong Advisory Board

  • Drive to create an organizational environment and promotes positive community building


Additional Skills & Qualifications

  • Significant nonprofit management experience

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively and professionally in collaboration with economically, racially, and culturally diverse groups of people

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and mentor staff, interns, and volunteers

  • Experience with successful meeting facilitation and conflict resolution

  • Experience working collaboratively using Google Suite

  • Experience with conservation/restoration/trails fieldwork preferred



This role pays $35 to $45 per hour commensurate with experience and skills, negotiable. It is a part-time position requiring an average of 20 hours per week. The position allows a very flexible work schedule with administrative hours worked remotely from a home office (personal computer needed). Some evenings and weekends are required. Monthly staff meetings, quarterly Advisory Board meetings, committee meetings, and occasional community meetings will be scheduled on weekday evenings. The Executive Director will also need to participate in some of the stewardship and educational programming that takes place during weekends. With additional fundraising, this role could become a full-time, salaried position with benefits. 



Please submit a resume and cover letter to with your full name and the position title in the subject line. Position open until filled, and applications will be reviewed as received. Anticipated start date as early as January 2020.



Conservation and Nursery Internships



Sutro Stewards is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to creating urban

recreational opportunities while practicing sustainable habitat conservation.

Through a successful volunteer program, we continuously connect people to their

local environment and empower recreational users to conserve, maintain, and

enhance the spaces they enjoy. We have two openings: Nursery and Conservation

& Habitat Restoration.


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 local plant species as well as gain experience working in a nursery. Wednesday morning availability 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 morning or 1st & 3rd Saturday availability required.


This is an unpaid position. Interns gain hands-on knowledge and experience, receive training to support volunteer activities, and are assigned special projects that relate to their educational or personal goals. 


Please submit resume and 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.


© 2018 Sutro Stewards

Sutro Stewards is a project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)3 California nonprofit public benefit corporation.