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Community Engagement Paid Internship

Organization Background 

Parks California is an ambitious new 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 will harness 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 will stimulate and support 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 will attract new public and private funding, and provide 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 will coalesce a diverse set of partners to make this vision a reality. Parks California is committed to supporting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and its programs.

Position Overview

Do you have a passion for nature and sharing its benefits with others? 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 equitable access to parks?

We are seeking an ambitious intern to start in our unique, remote 12-month internship program.

Through our internship, you will learn how a non-profit operates and designs programs that provide equitable access to state parks. You will begin with an orientation week, followed by supporting the Community Engagement and Communications team. You will have administrative duties in helping to develop and manage a community grants program and supporting communication strategies. Through this opportunity you will gain exposure to various parts of a non-profit, including community engagement, marketing, communications, and social media.

We are dazzled by people who genuinely want to improve park access and who have the growth mindset and chops to make it happen!

Internship Terms:

Job Period: July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022

Part-time; working days are Monday through Friday

Compensation: $15 p/ hour

General Responsibilities:

  • Learn, understand, and participate in developing process and procedures in support of the grants program.
  • Support the Route to Parks grant review committee included but not limited to coordinate committee meetings, correspond with committee members, attend and participate in meetings, capture notes and learnings for program enhancements.
  • Organize and maintain grant score cards and database.
  • Collaborate with program lead to provide resources and tools to grantees.
  • Capture and coordinate content stories for Parks California.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • ‪Strong organizational skills ‪
  • Must be efficient with SharePoint, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Ability to work independently and in a remote workspace
  • Be honest, transparent and have high integrity
  • An interest in increasing access to state parks for all who live in California

What you will Learn:

  • Communication skills
  • Social media
  • Non-Profit Operations
  • Culturally relevant community engagement
  • Operational structures that support community programs

To Apply 

Interested candidates should apply via email by sending a cover letter describing their qualifications that match the position criteria and what they will bring to the role, along with a resume, to Teresa Evans at with the subject line “Parks California, Community Engagement Internship.”

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.