During the school year and summer, high school/college students can gain valuable experience and develop new skills as interns with Friends of the Urban Forest. Interns work closely with both our outreach and tree care departments, commit to a regular schedule for a set period of time, and work on projects that best suit their skills. At the end of a semester, our interns will be well-grounded in all aspects of our work.

FUF has 4 internship cycles per year, when applying, be sure to note which term/year you are interested in:

  • Summer (June-August)
  • Fall (September-December)
  • January Semester (January, short session)
  • Spring (February-May)



Our well-rounded Urban Forestry Internship will include nearly all aspects of our work:

  • Planting
  • Pruning
  • Landscaping
  • Outreach
  • Administration
  • Planning
  • Communications
  • Arborist training

Each week you will focus on a different aspect of the urban forest in San Francisco. Topics range from tree identification to fruit tree pruning to volunteer leadership.  You will also be required to design and execute a capstone project tailored to your area of interest. This project can pull from any area of our work, and you are encouraged to find something that inspires you to take an active role in your learning. We also have a comprehensive education system that will enable you to deepen your knowledge of urban forestry and will set you up with a great foundation for future jobs/projects.


  • Must be able to commit to the entire internship period, and to follow a schedule that we agree upon.
  • Must work outdoors at times in inclement weather.
  • Individuals with a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record will be preferred
  • Understand that this is a non-paying internship designed to be educational

To Apply

Along with your current resume, please send us a brief cover letter highlighting why you are interested in the program and if you are seeking school credit. Be sure to indicate the term(s)/year(s) you are interested in applying for. We will take applications on a rolling basis and will contact candidates about follow-up steps around 1-month prior to each session.

Email resume and cover letter to, with “[Your Name] Internship Application” in the subject line.


Call Blake at 415-268-0774 or email him using our contact form.

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