Stipend Positions


Nature in the City volunteer stipend positions may be available and require a minimum one-year time committment. If you are interested in joining our team, please email: info[at]natureinthecity.org


Photo of Sarah McConnico by Troy Dean

Photo of Sarah McConnico by Troy Dean

Position Title: Backyard Natives Nursery Managers, Sarah McConnico and Ildiko Polony

Position Description: The position of Backyard Natives Nursery Manager is a shared position and supports Nature in the City's goal of restoring the natural landscapes, biodiversity, watersheds, and local ecological processes of San Francisco through the engagement of residents by insuring the raising and distribution of native plants used in local projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate Google Group
  • Mange inventory of backyard nursery members to include
    • Members
    • Species being grown by nursery members
    • Number of plants being grown by nursery members
    • Date plants were started by nursery members
  • Coordinate getting plants to planting sites for the fall/winter planting season
  • Coordinate seed collection three times a year in early, mid, and late summer
  • Coordinate with Executive Director the quarterly family friendly volunteer days at the White Crane Springs Community Gardens (first is 14 Feb 2015)
  • Coordinate the picking of up pastries for volunteers from the Arizmendi Bakery for volunteer days
  • Attend quarterly evening meetings with volunteers and Nature in the City staff
  • Track time and tasks

Length of Appointment: 18 months

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a week varies according to season

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with how Google Groups works
  • Basic inventory skills
  • Nursery experience preferred or gardening skills
  • Able to identify native plants and seeds for collection purposes

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are a vital team to insure that Nature in the City has the native plants ready and available to complete its projects
  • Work experience
  • Free refreshments!
  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support

Position Title: Habitat Restoration Coordinator 

Position Description: The position of Volunteer Workday Coordinator critically supports the monthly Nature in the City workdays at our two primary project sites, the Green Hairstreak Corridor and the Adah Bakalinsky Steps by insuring these projects have the necessary volunteers and tools available.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the two volunteer work days a month which occur on the 3rd Saturday and 3rd Sunday of each month
  • Coordinate additional workdays when needed
  • Coordinate and communicate with volunteers via Meetup.com
  • Coordinate bringing tools and gloves onsite and storage between events
  • Manage post workday glove washing
  • Coordinate with DPW Street Parks Manager for weed and debris removal
    • Green Hairstreak Corridor (Sunset District)
    • Adah Bakalinsky Steps (Buena Vista Park neighborhood)

Length of Appointment: 18 months

Time Commitment: Four hours per workday and a couple of other hours per month

Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with or ability to learn how to use Meetup.com
  • Ability to communicate effectively with community members
  • Basic inventory skills
  • Track time and tasks

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are a vital team to insure that Nature in the City has the tools and volunteers ready and available to complete its projects
  • Work experience
  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support

Position Title: Director of Public Advocacy, Zahra Kelly

Position Description: The position of Public Advocacy Coordinator is essential to the continued success of Nature in the City. The Public Advocacy Coordinator will be the face of the organization to the San Francisco city government. You will be the one to translate the needs of local nature across to the city government and help us obtain critical support for funding and projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Know Nature in the City speaking points
  • Be the spokesperson for Nature in the City
  • Attend city meetings and meet with city officials and the public
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications person on strategy and short public announcements of dates and times of public meetings
  • Drafting sound bites for Executive Director and Board Members
  • Track time and tasks

Length of Appointment: 18 months

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per month

Qualifications:

  • An interest and commitment to the programs, goals, and objectives of Nature in the City
  • Breadth of understanding and tolerance of viewpoints from others
  • Demonstrated energy and enthusiasm for Nature in the City programs
  • Demonstrates solid verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with community members

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are the voice of Nature in the City to the city government of San Francisco
  • Work experience
  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support  

Position Title: Newsletter Editor, Judy Harter

Position Description: The newsletter editor coordinates our ongoing effort to keep our growing community of nature-enthusiasts informed regarding upcoming events, workdays, walks, and more, and contributes to design and layout.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To compile and organize dates and locations of local nature news, monthly workdays, walks, citywide events, and more
  • Work closely with Executive Director Amber Hasselbring to determine which events to include in each newsletter, the order of events and their descriptions, photo editing, etc. 

Length of Appointment: Ongoing

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month

Qualifications:

  • Computer savvy, with ability to learn new formatting techniques specific to our editing program
  • Ability to work closely with others
  • Willing to produce multiple drafts to achieve the best possible end product
  • An eye for design

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are part of a vital team to ensure that Nature in the City transmits a professional newsletter that is easy to read, inspirational, and integrated with other nature-focused San Francisco events

Work experience

  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support

Position Title: Media and Communications Director, Ariel Wang

Position Description: The Marketing and Communications Person works with the Advisory Board and staff to develop and implement the communications plan for Nature in the City. This position is crucial for bringing public attention and thus volunteers and donations to Nature in the City, enabling the organization to celebrate the projects it's already committed to and continue its growth to the next level.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Write press releases for Nature in the City events
    • Volunteer work days
    • White Crane Springs Community Garden 
    • Green Hairstreak Corridor (Sunset District)
    • Adah Bakalinsky Steps (Buena Vista Park neighborhood)
    • Science Saturdays public walk series
  • Send press releases to news sources such as:
    • Funcheap SF
    • SFGATE
    • SF Weekly
    • Other blog and news sources
  • Coordinate and manage social media postings
  • Increase the public profile of Nature in the City
  • Coordinate with Director of Public Advocacy on communications strategy
  • Track time and tasks

Length of Appointment: 18 months

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per month

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates solid written communication skills
  • Ability to work with the press and bloggers

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are vital to insuring that knowledge of Nature in the City communications are accurate, widespread, and well-known
  • Work experience
  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support

Position Title: Public Outreach and Tabling Coordinator, Samantha Pollak

Position Description: The Public Outreach and Tabling Coordinator position is integral to the success of Nature in the City. This person will often be the lead face for the organization to the general public and thus will be the person who insures the growth of our member and volunteer base. This will be accomplished by making sure that tables at events are adequately supplied and staffed, with enthusiastic and excited volunteers to provide information to the public about Nature in the City and its projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Transporting materials to and from events
  • Schedule and oversee volunteers at events
  • Coordinate public and volunteers for hands-on activities that address local nature themes
  • Coordinate manning of tables at local Bay Area events:
    • Sunday Streets
    • Cal Academy NightLife
    • Other public events
  • Track inventory and sales of Nature in the City merchandise
  • Manage, control and track cash from sales of Nature in the City merchandise
  • Perform outreach at events to add new names to our mailing list

Length of Appointment: 18 months

Time Commitment: 3-6 hours per event and 10-20 hours per month

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and confidence in public speaking
  • A vehicle for transporting materials
  • Basic inventory and bookkeeping skills
  • Ability to motivate, lead, and communicate effectively with community members

Benefits:

  • Knowledge that you are vital to insuring that Nature in the City continues its excellent work and continues to grow
  • Work experience
  • Networking opportunities with other dedicated volunteers
  • Job commendations, recommendations, and letters of support