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Accounting Internship

 Organization Background

Parks California is an ambitious three-year-old organization working to ensure that our state’s parks thrive. From redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses and ghost towns, we’re working with our partners to make California parks more welcoming, accessible, and relevant to all visitors.

Managing these assets for nearly 40 million residents and millions more annual visitors takes collective work. Park managers cannot do it alone. Parks California harnesses skills and resources—and California’s renowned ingenuity—to help our state, regional, and local parks thrive and evolve.

Formed after extensive consultation with hundreds of stakeholders, park executives, and philanthropic leaders, Parks California stimulates and supports innovative public-private partnerships that raise the visibility of California’s parks and their partners, inspire passionate support for public lands and set trends for the future of parks. Parks California attracts new public and private funding and provides expertise and entrepreneurial approaches to high-priority projects and programs developed and implemented in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation (Department) and other park districts across the state. Parks California coalesces a diverse set of partners to make this vision a reality. Parks California is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and its programs.

Position Overview

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and the desire to support a top-notch team of professionals? Ever wonder what it would be like to be able to get in at the ground level working at a nonprofit with a keen lens for climate resilience and equitable access to parks?

We are seeking an ambitious intern to participate in our newly created internship program. Through our internship, you will work in our operations department doing accounting work that supports our world-class team. You will work with the Finance Manager processing monthly accounting transactions including month-end processes. Through this opportunity, you will gain exposure to nonprofit accounting, California State Parks initiatives and various parts of non-profit accounting and operations.

We love working with people who are driven by a curiosity for how we can steward climate-resilient landscapes for future generations, advance equity in park access, and who have the growth mindset and chops to learn more!

Internship Terms

Compensation: $16.50 / hour

Job Period: Thru June 30, 2022, with possible extension.

Remote position.

Up to 20 hours/week, Monday through Friday.

Schedule is flexible; however, heavier workload tends to be during the first half of each month.

General Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Finance Manager and rest of Parks California team as needed
  • Process accounting transactions in NetSuite accounting software, such as entering accounts payable, receivables, donations, and journal entries, including attachment of backup documentation
  • Help with month-end close
  • Prepare spreadsheets for import into accounting software
  • Organize and maintain folders in a shared drive
  • Work on mall projects as needed
  • Participate in workflow improvements

Required Skills

  • Honest and transparent, with high integrity
  • 2-3 courses in accounting and finance or equivalent experience in the accounting field
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Proficient with MS Office/365, SharePoint, and Zoom and ability to pick up new software skills with
  • High proficiency with MS Excel
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively from a remote workspace
  • Excellent verbal and communication skills; comfortable answering questions and following up with Parks California team members as needed
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

What you will Learn

  • Nonprofit accounting entries, and transaction processing
  • NetSuite accounting software
  • A variety of Saas, including Expensify
  • Overview of nonprofit operations

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing how their qualifications and experience have prepared them for this position and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to with the subject line “Parks California, Accounting Internship.” Please submit your application by November 28th, 2021 for priority consideration.


Application review will begin on November 28th, 2021. Applications submitted after November 28th will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Additional Information

More information on Parks California can be found at

Parks California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our effectiveness is enhanced when equity and inclusiveness are practiced and protected throughout our organizational governance, culture, and staffing. We are committed to leadership in and serving as a catalyst for promoting equity and inclusion in parks communities. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at Parks California. The organization does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, military, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship, or any other basis prohibited by law in any of its policies, programs, or operations.