1150 Carroll Avenue
San Francisco
United States


Everyone has a role in a sustainable future! Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is looking for passionate and motivated individuals to apply for our Summer internship position with our Native Plant Nursery & Restoration team (June 5th to September 1st). We offer our interns a unique experience combining both the technical elements of ecological restoration and also the human elements pertaining to public health & wellness, community engagement, and eco-literacy. Individuals who want to engage with environmental restoration on an urban ecology level please apply as we are looking for help ASAP! No degree/college necessary, and while we would love someone full-time we are happy to have someone who has school/work scheduling needs on our team.


  • Supporting nursery/restoration team in collecting, processing, and propagating 30-40 native plant species; this includes traveling with staff to natural areas for seed collection/scouting, processing the seed at the nursery using diverse problem-solving techniques, and growing and monitoring the plants in our greenhouse facility
  • Monitoring plant health; learning and applying plant care knowledge to help prioritize work needs, learning and applying proper watering, pruning and fertilizing techniques to maximize plant health
  • Supporting nursery/restoration team at restoration sites; this includes but is not limited to planting, invasive species removal, salvaging plants, and mulching.
  • Nursery facilities maintenance; This pertains to both the Candlestick Point Native Plant Nursery, and our new Yerba Buena Island/Treasure Island Nursery. This may include designing and/or constructing things as we expand our facilities; installation and repairs throughout nursery facilities
  • Leading, co-leading, and supporting volunteer and educational programs effectively and professionally; but most importantly helping make them fun!
  • Research and data entry
  • If desired, interns are heavily encouraged to take on personal projects during their time with us that align with their own interests and gives them professional ownership experience


  • Education, experience, and/or interest with growing plants, especially in a greenhouse setting
  • Education, experience, and/or interest in horticulture, biology, natural resource management, or equivalent.
  • Education, experience, and/or interest in botany, plant morphology, taxonomy, and plant identification; especially pertaining to the SF Bay Area/California.
  • Education, experience, and/or interest in volunteer engagement, especially working with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability and/or desire to work in a close team environment while also being self-motivated and able to work alone
  • Ability and/or desire to work outdoors, with plants, and with people


  • Must be able to work in an outdoor setting, rain or shine
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time, often over uneven terrain
  • Work often requires squatting and kneeling
  • Must be able to lift and carry 35 lbs


  • San Francisco/California local history and ecology, especially pertaining to environmental justice issues in our neighborhood community
  • Collecting, processing, and growing plants; Subscribing to the sustainable collection parameters followed by organizations associated with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, SF Natural Areas, etc. for California native plants
  • Plant care in a nursery setting; How to identify issues, and execute problem solving techniques; Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques
  • Volunteer management and engagement; how to inspire and teach through service learning, how to be more comfortable directing students, other interns, volunteers
  • Leadership and teamwork skills; both internally with LEJ staff and with outside groups
  • San Francisco/California native plant identification, use of a dichotomous key to identify plants, botanical terminology, plant families
  • Safe & effective tool usage; this includes power tools & hand tools
  • Time management, work pacing, and skills for being productive
  • Invasive species identification and removal techniques
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Many other professional skills pertaining to the Nursery, Natural Resource, and Outdoor Education field.


  • Nursery team operates from Tuesday-Saturday (8:30am-4:30pm), with Saturdays typically being volunteer program days. Full-time interns will work 4-5 days, and Part-time interns will work 2-3 days.
  • 3 month minimum commitment, with possibility of extension up to 1-year


If you are interested, please send all inquiries to Ildiko Polony (LEJ Nursery & Stewardship manager) at You can apply by sending Ildiko your resume and a short, thoughtful coverletter; start dates are flexible but we are looking to fill the position as soon as possible!


● $75 per day of work

● Academic credit where applicable

● $75/month travel stipend

How To Apply