Currently Searching for Interns for Spring 2023!

The American River Parkway Foundation is a convener focused on conservation of the Parkway and development of the Parkway into one of the nation’s premier urban natural parks. We connect visitors, volunteers, donors, local businesses and the community to nurture, improve and provide a voice for this natural resource. The American River Parkway spans 4,800 acres and stretches over 23 miles from Folsom to Old Sacramento. It is the home to a host of wildlife and provides open recreational opportunities to all.


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.

Environmental Intern


  • Background in science/recreation (internship dependent)
  • Must be able to lift 25lbs
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors
  • Be willing to complete live scan fingerprinting (if they are an intern at the campfire site)
  • 90 hours over the Spring semester primarily during business hours. Limited weekend options available.


  • College Credit available
  • Oak Grove Maintenance
  • Invasive Plant Removal
  • Trail Maintenance
  • River Clean-Ups
  • Data collection
  • Assist with ARPF events as needed
  • Work with stewards to target problem areas along the parkway

Internship Fast Facts:

  • ARPF internships are unpaid positions – High school and college credit is available.
  • Interns get hands-on experience in the environmental science field, and need to have a background/interest in environmental science or natural resources.
  • Previous interns have worked with invasive plant management, wildfire restoration, trail maintenance, GIS mapping and other projects.
  • ARPF Interns dedicate at minimum of 120 hours over internship. Interns must be comfortable working independently and outdoors in all conditions.

Marketing Intern


  • Must be able to work independently
    Possess ability to write creatively
    Understand social media


The Marketing and Development Intern will assist ARPF staff with outreach, development, and special events.

Skills Gained:

The intern will gain valuable skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Social media marketing
  • Creative writing
  • Cultivating donors
  • Donor and grant research


Social Media

  • Assist in development of social media marketing content for ARPF programs and events, including creation of user-generated content
  • Curate and update ongoing social media and newsletter calendars


  • Provide support for program marketing
  • Conduct prospect research on individual, foundation, and corporate donors
  • Assist with tracking and evaluating all development efforts

Special Events

  • Assist with the Summer Solstice silent auction – brainstorm packages, design package displays
  • Assist with marketing and logistics for fundraising events
  • Serve as day-of assistant for special events, including checking in, placing vendors and other miscellaneous tasks

Miscellaneous Tasks as Assigned

  • Perform other miscellaneous tasks to assist the ARPF as needed

Additional Information:

Interns commit to working a minimum of 90 hours over a mutually agreed upon time period. Occasional weekend and evening work will be available but the bulk of the internship will be completed during standard business hours. The internship is an unpaid volunteer position although academic credit can be arranged dependent on school. Interns must notify and arrange for academic credit before starting the internship.

Download, fill-out and email to the Internship Application if interested.