American river Parkway Foundation - Preserving the Sacramento, the Jewel of Sacramento, CA American River Parkway Foundation

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Internship Program

The mission of the American River Parkway Foundation Internship program is to work with ARPF staff to support the preservation, protection and enhancement and appreciation of the American River Parkway through environmental stewardship and parkway projects and programs.

ARPF has an active internship program. These unpaid positions give students hands on experience in the environmental science field. Internships focus on invasive plant management, restoration and the multi-use trail.

  • Background/interest in environmental science or natural resources
  • Must be able to lift 25lbs
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in all conditions
  • Work with volunteers, Sacramento county parks staff, and all others in a professional manor while representing ARPF.
  • Must be able to dedicate 10-30 hours per week

Invasive Plant Management

The invasive plant management intern (IPMI) will assist APRF staff in the management and control of specified invasive plant species along the American River Parkway. Work will take place between Hazel Avenue and the confluence of the Sacramento/American rivers near Interstate 5. Work will be completed >80% outdoors.

Restoration Intern

The Restoration Intern will assist ARPF staff and volunteers to maintain ARPF restoration sites along the American River Parkway. These sites consist of 25 – 200 young native trees and shrubs which are helping to increase native wildlife habitat and add diversity to the American River Parkway.

Multi-Use Trail Intern

The Multi-use trail intern will be completing maintenance work along 23 miles of unpaved hiking, running, and equestrian trails. The trails intern will be maintaining the proper width and height for passage and use of the multi-use trails within the American River Parkway. Interns will be required to properly identify sensitive vegetation and understand the proper procedure to avoid harm to sensitive plants and parkway features.

If you are interested in becoming an intern or getting more information about the program please contact

Application Form

American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) | 5700 Arden Way Carmichael, CA 95608 | T: (916) 486-2773 | F: (916) 486-2779 | Email
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