Pachamama Alliance is a unique non-profit organization. We have been allies and partners with the indigenous Nations of Ecuador for 24 years empowering them to protect and defend their home in the Amazon rainforest. With what we have learned from them, we have created a suite of transformative educational programs having a global impact. The common purpose is to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on our planet by shifting the paradigm, the world view of our culture. Our work connects these issues and this internship combines your desire to make a difference in the world with a practical and memorable experience that you will be proud to put on your resume.

We offer internship positions that will provide our Interns an experience of working in a unique office environment. We are a team of focused, aligned, self-managed, departmental, non-hierarchical teams working in a legacy building in a national park. We have an environment of plants, natural light and shared commitment. We work hard and play funny, while always being present to our mission and the deep-hearted experience of doing meaningful work. Each Internship is offered by the Team that trains and mentors the intern who joins us.

The Volunteer Coordinator Intern will provide crucial support to the Pachamama Alliance Volunteer and Internship program.  This is a hands-on learning position and and a deep dive into Pachamama Alliance. You will gain experience at a non-profit in volunteer program coordination, event production, and project or volunteer management. This internship will immerse you in the world of online volunteer recruiting, managing volunteer attendance, project management, and event production. It will provide excellent on-the-job training for a career in the non-profit sector. You will work directly with Lindsay Dyson, the Volunteer Program Manager.

Job Responsibilities and skills you will learn:

  • Pachamama Alliance’s story, mission and current activities so that you can interact with volunteer’s questions effectively
  • Calling prior volunteers to thank them for their participation
  • Where and how to post Intern and volunteer opportunities to online websites
  • Why our programs are unique and effective for participants
  • How to work in our database and maintain all our volunteer information
  • How we recruit and confirm a roster of 150 volunteers in preparation for our Fall Fundraising Luncheons.
  • How we schedule our volunteers by email and phone
  • Taking a supporting role in event production and attending donor events throughout our fundraising season

Your effectiveness in this position will require:

  • Proficiency with computers and internet communications
  • A desire to learn Volunteer Recruitment and Program Coordination job skills
  • An ability and willingness to take initiative and work independently while training
  • Flexibility in your schedule and the availability to commit to stay on the job until November 22, 2019
  • Interacting and working with inspired, active, and passionate people: our Team and our volunteers

What’s In It for You? You will:

  • Learn successful online recruitment practices for volunteers and interns
  • Participate in volunteer management of a large (1,500 people) Fundraising event
  • Train directly with the Program Manager
  • Improve your communication and people skills
  • Have access to trainings, events and talks from thought leaders, our indigenous partners and partnered organizations when they visit our office.
  • Learn more about indigenous peoples of the Amazon, the Amazon rainforest, the sustainability movement, social justice and personal transformation
  • Work with a diverse group of individuals of all ages and cultures in a positive and professional manner
  • Learn new time management, organization, and decision-making skills


  • Internship to be fulfilled August-November – dates are flexible
  • Work will be performed at our office in The Presidio, San Francisco.
  • 15-20 hours per week
  • 2- 3 days per week
  • During the final 2 weeks of recruiting for our Fundraising event, you may be asked to spend more time in the office.
  • This is an unpaid internship. Stipends are available for qualified commutes.
  • Some remote work is possible after training.  Having your own laptop will facilitate this. (We will provide one if you do not.)

How to Apply:

We require an Internship Application form to be submitted along with your resume and a cover letter. Please download the Internship Application form or email Lindsay Dyson to request a form. Please submit your documents, the Internship Application Form, your resume, and cover letter by email.  In your cover letter, write about why you are drawn to Pachamama Alliance; what you would like us to know about you and how you might create value from an internship here. Start date will be your earliest convenience August/September 2017 so please let us know details of your available dates, days, times. We welcome diversity! You may call Lindsay Dyson at 415-561-4522 ext. 101 if you have any questions prior to submitting the application via email You will be contacted to arrange for an on-site interview after we have received your application form and documents. Out of area applicants may be interviewed with a zoom or skype call.