During the school year and summer, individuals looking to enter the environmental field can gain valuable experience and develop new skills as interns with Friends of the Urban Forest. Interns work closely with our outreach department, commit to a regular schedule for a set period of time, and work on projects that best suit their skills. This is an unpaid internship with a requirement of 200 hours completed by the end of the program. There is a small travel stipend to account for travel costs to get to our offices in the Presidio. At the end of a semester, our interns can put a start-to-finish neighborhood organizing project on their resumes.

FUF has three internship cycles per year; when applying be sure to note which term/year you’re interested in:

  • Summer (June-August) —— Application deadline: April 20
  • Fall (September-December)
  • Spring (Jan/February-May)


This 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.  This position is 80% field work.


Interns are expected to complete their 200 hour requirement by the end of each session by participating in 2-3 days per week or about 15-20 hours. Our schedule can very from week to week for special projects but will generally be as follows:

Monday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday 8:00 am – 1:30 pm (only two per month)


  • 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.

To Apply

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

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


Call Atalanta at 415-268-0772 or email her at