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Accounting Internship

Organization Background 

Parks California is an organization working to ensure that our State Parks thrive. From redwood groves and desert springs to lighthouses and ghost towns, we are working with our partners to make California State parks more climate resilient and 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. We coalesce a diverse set of partners to make this vision a reality. We are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and our 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?

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 a 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: $17/ hour
  • Job Period: 2022-23 School Year
  • Remote position, however, the employee must live in California during the internship
  • Laptop provided
  • Up to 20 hours/week, Monday through Friday
  • Schedule is flexible; however, most hours will be during the first half of each month

General Responsibilities:

  • 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; ensure all transactions for the monthly period were accounted for
  • Prepare spreadsheets for import into accounting software
  • Organize and maintain folders in Shared drive
  • Collaborate with Finance Manager and rest of Parks California team as needed
  • Work on small projects as needed
  • Participate in workflow improvements

Required Skills:

  • Honest and transparent, with high integrity
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively from a remote workspace
  • 2-3 courses in accounting and finance or equivalent experience in accounting field
  • Ability to pick up new software skills with ease
  • Proficient with MS office/365 (Excel, SharePoint, etc.)

What you will Learn:

  • General accounting skills that will be applicable in both for-profit and nonprofit entities, such as accounts payable and journal entry transactions
  • Nonprofit accounting skills related to donation, grant and contract transactions
  • Oracle NetSuite accounting software
  • A variety of Saas, including Expensify, MS 365, Stripe, PayPal, etc.
  • Overview of nonprofit operations
  • Opportunities to attend park related events 

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 August 10, 2022 for priority consideration.


Application review will begin August 10, 2022. Application submitted after August 10th 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. We believe that our overall 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.