Sutro Stewards

San Francisco’s Favorite Outdoor Volunteer Program



The Sutro Stewards is a San Francisco non-profit organization dedicated to creating urban recreational opportunities while practicing sustainable habitat conservation through stewardship. We conserve and restore wildlife habitat, connect people of all ages to our natural world, educate and engage urban residents in the protection of our shared, local environment.

Our program offers the opportunity to constructively contribute to the planning and execution of habitat conservation and restoration in San Francisco through our propagation nursery, demonstration garden, and restoration sites. The intern will be guided by staff and work both on teams and independently.

This internship provides the following opportunities:

  • Learn to identify, propagate, and collect seed from local native plants.
  • Gain experience with propagation techniques, including seed germination treatments, cuttings, and divisions.
  • Hands-on operation and nursery management
  • Field work ranging from restoration site stewardship to seed collection.
  • Receive training and learn how to lead and work with volunteers
  • Establish a schedule that works for you
  • Plant what you grow in one of our many restoration and demonstration sites

Commitment: We are looking for an individual to complete a minimum of one semester/quarter, or 4 months of work. The intern will be expected to contribute five hours per week.

Compensation: Sutro Stewards will offer recommendations and/or school credit, if pre-arranged through your faculty advisor, at completion.

Volunteers Wanted:

In addition to our internships we are also seeking support with our Social Media outreach and our Service Learning program development. If you have a few extra hours a week and would like to support our environmental stewardship program from home please let us know.


To apply, contact Craig Dawson atCraig@SutroStewards.orgif you are interested in the internship. Please include a cover letter and list of completed courses related to this field. Your cover letter should include your professional and/or personal experience and why you're interested in this internship.



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Sutro Forest - Conservation Gem or Lost Opportunity?

Published April 8, 2014 in Golden Gate Birder: Birding News & Inspiration from Golden Gate Audubon, by Patricia Greene


People who live outside of San Francisco are often unaware of the existence of this small open space preserve in the middle of San Francisco.

Mount Sutro is the northernmost forested peak of the San Francisco Central Highlands that continue south through Twin Peaks and Mount Davidson, all with summits in the 900-foot range. The south-east saddle between Mount Sutro and Twin Peaks sports the big red and white TV tower that is sometimes the only thing visible above the summer fog. The north slope of Mount Sutro is home to the Parnassus Campus of the UCSF Medical School–and 61 acres surrounding the summit contains Mount Sutro Open Space Preserve. Together with the contiguous San Francisco Interior Greenbelt, this parcel represents the largest remaining fragment of a massive forest planted beginning in 1886 by Adolf Sutro.

Today, blue gum eucalyptus trees of differing ages cover most of the preserve, along with scattered cypress and pine trees. Fog caught by the canopy drips into the…


Posted by Patricia Greene on April 10, 2014 at 9:00am


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