Campus Internships


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    UCSC Arboretum

    Contact: Brett Hall, (831)212-4853

     Topics in Botany and Horticulture Interns will participate in the ongoing care and development of the collections, gardens and programs in the UCSC Arboretum.  The gardens and collections include California natives and the extensive southern hemisphere gardens and several other important botanical and horticultural collections. The internship work will involve planting, propagating, maintenance, grounds preparation, research on collections involving readings and short essay writings, biogeography and horticultural discussions, and optional field trips. For more information visit the Arboretum website.

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    Interactive Ecology

    Listing also found in the Conservation tab. 

    Contact Person: Brett Hall (please put Interactive Ecology in the subject line), (831)212-4853

    Interactive Ecology interns will work primarily within the California Native Plant Conservation Program in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. Physical activities will include building plant collections through seed germination, propagation, nursery work, planting, garden work and invasive weed control. We will take field trips to local wild areas to learn local plant communities and techniques involved in vegetation mapping, classification, habitat assessment and surveys. For more info, visit their website!

  • Campus Natural Reserve

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    Various Internships

    Contact: Alex Jones, (831)459-4971

    The UCSC Campus Natural Reserve provides numerous opportunities for internships and student projects involving plants, animals, forest ecology, restoration and stewardship. These offerrings include: FERP, Stewardship assistant, Phenology Litter Traps, Tomography, Herpatology, or even an opportunity to create your own internship. 

  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

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    Farm Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants and Summer tabs. 

    Contact: Damian Parr, 

    CASFS is offering a lower division production internship focused on field-scale harvesting and orchard care, as well as general market garden-scale cover cropping, bed tillage, composting, and propagation.  The internship will include a cohort of approximately 15 interns, working as a team. There is a possibility that interested students might be invited to continue interning in future quarters. We are most interested in students who can commit to two quarters of interning with us, during your time at UCSC, though the quarters interned do not need to be back-to-back. Each year, a number of paid student staff positions are available to graduates of our internship program.

  • Chadwick Garden

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    Chadwick Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab.

    Contact: Damian Parr,

    The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system. On the UCSC campus, the Center operates the 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden and the 25-acre Farm. Both sites are managed using organic production methods and serve as research, teaching, and training facilities for students, staff, and faculty. The Farm-to-College project at UC Santa Cruz links the Center’s Farm on the UCSC campus with other local organic farms and with UCSC campus organizations to bring organic produce to the campus dining halls and restaurants, while bringing students to the Farm for sustainable food systems education.

    The focus of this internship is learning ecological farming and gardening practices and principles.  Participants work side by side with Center staff and apprentices in hands on activities, and engage with curriculum from the apprenticeship in ecological horticulture. 

  • Demeter Seed Library

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    Demeter Seed Library

    Contact: Margaret Bishop

    The Demeter Seed Library is a student-led organization under CASFS that is dedicated to preserving and breeding locally adapted cultivars and open pollinated seed varieties in California’s Central Coast. We aim to demonstrate a society that is not reliant on large seed companies and multinational corporations that control the global food system. Through seed saving and seedswapping we hope to contribute towards a more sustainable food system. Interns will help with organizing inventory, conducting germination tests, tabling at events, and distributing seeds to the community. 


  • Education for Sustainable Living Program

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    Education for Sustainable Living Program

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab.
    The Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) is a collaborative space, focused on reshaping the way we learn within academia, embracing student agency, and providing opportunities to engage in issues of social and environmental justice. By using models of horizontal learning and critical pedagogies, ESLP supports student-facilitated Action Research Teams and a Spring Series. ESLP fosters a space where individuals can internalize sustainability & social justice and apply it to academia and greater society. Our program is guided by the Blueprint for a Sustainable Campus for the University of California, Santa Cruz - created by Enviroslug.
    Outside of your internship duties, you would be responsible for attending a minimum of two weekly meetings, plus a quarterly retreat and meeting for evaluation. Typically, an organizer position is a year long commitment with the possibility of a stipend. 
    Please check out for more information, and reach out to with any questions or to set up an interview.

  • FoCAN

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    Cultivating a Daily Revolution Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab.


    This internship is a student-based & facilitated program designed to engage, provide experience, and educate participating students in various topics pertaining to communities on and around our campus. This internship will strive to foster a student community that is aware of the importance of gender, economic, and social justice issues within our food and commodity chains. The 2-unit internship will be hosted by the Friends of the Community AgroEcology Network (FoCAN), an on-campus student organization that promotes campus and communal involvement in food awareness, social justice, fair trade, agroecological approaches, and more.

  • Food Systems Working Group

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    Produce Pop-Up Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants tab.

    Contact: Margaret Bishop 

    The Food Systems Working Group, anchored within the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) is looking for two driven individuals to assist with our academic year organic Produce Pop-Up, which takes place once a week at the Quarry Plaza. In efforts to improve issues of food access and healthy food purchasing on campus, the Produce Pop-Up provides a space for students to purchase affordable produce sourced from the CASFS Farm and local Santa Cruz farmers’ markets.

  • Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP)

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    Forest Ecology Research Plot

    Contact Person: Greg Gilbert

    Help with the expansion and 5-year re-census of the 6-ha Forest Ecology Research Plot (FERP) on the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve. The Ferp is a living laboratory designed to study forest dynamics and species interactions in the mixed-evergreen forest, and is a resource for teaching and student research in ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences at UCSC. For more information visit FERP Website.

  • Kapucinski-Sarker Lab

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    Ecological Aquaculture Research Internship

    Contact: Anne Kapuscinski, Devin Fitzgerald 

    Interns will assist the team to set-up and carry out experiments to assess suitability of novel feed ingredients for potential inclusion into diets (nutritionally complete pellets) for farmed fish. We are also interested to use water from our recirculating aquaculture systems to provide nutrient-beneficial water for crop irrigation on the CASFS farm.

  • Kresge Garden

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    Kresge Garden Internship

    Also Under Agroecology & Plants


    The Kresge Garden co-op, a non-hierarchical organization run by queer femme student workers, is offering a 2-unit internship focused on hand-scale garden cultivation. The Kresge Garden is the oldest student run garden on campus as well as the only campus garden that is run by a co-op. Throughout the year the garden is filled with squashes, greens, flowers and more to fill the bellies and hearts of those who work, volunteer, and wander in the garden. The 2-unit internship that the Kresge Garden co-op offers is an introduction to the space and consensus based decision making as well as permacultural and french biointensive methods such as cover cropping, bed digging and soil cultivation, crop diversity, and composting. Interns are required to come to a three hour work day on Sundays as well as attend one other gardening session during the week in order to complete the six hours per week required for the internship. To apply for the internship e-mail Check out their website!

  • KZSC Radio

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    KZSC Radio Internship

    Contact: Keith Rozendal,

    We will train you in all aspects related to broadcast and online audio reporting on local environmental issues. You will report on issues affecting the natural environment around the Monterey Bay for “This Just In from Outdoors,” KZSC’s weekly environmental news report broadcasting every Friday evening since 2014. We produce news and profiles of Monterey Bay environmentalists, scientists, natural wonders and natural hazards. We also produce audio nature walks! We cover scientific studies of our special natural surroundings, we also cover the food system and agriculture, local land use, and positive solutions to local environmental issues.

  • Life Lab

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    School Garden Internships

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Cara-Alexandra Sundell,

    We teach you to work with kids on farms and gardens! Sign up now for winter Life Lab Internships. Interns teach garden-based science and sustainable agriculture concepts to local school groups, preschool through 6th grade. Interns receive training in: Garden-based science education, working with children in an outdoor setting, organic gardening, environmental education, games, activities, and much more! 2 and 5 unit internships are available at the Life Lab Blooming Classroom, in our new beautiful site in Watsonville, as well as in the Life Lab Garden Classroom, on the UCSC Organic farm. 

    Training begins the first week of classes, on your chosen day. 

  • Natural Reserve Management

  • Natural Reserve Management Internship

    Contact: Kristen Heady,

    Did you know that UC Santa Cruz is going through a planning process to determine future growth for the next 20 years?

    The UC Santa Cruz Campus is composed of over 2000 acres and is located in a truly unique natural setting. These natural lands provide areas for research, teaching, and conservation. As UCSC grows we have to make decisions about tradeoffs that are associated with growth. The proposed Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) for 2040 will increase the area of campus reserve and maintain a large portion of campus as natural space. Over the past decade there has been a tremendous amount of growth in recreational use (primarily mountain biking) that, while providing a valued outdoor activity, is having an impact on habitat within natural lands of the campus. During the Natural Resource Management Laboratory Practicum, you will gain real-world experience in understanding how land is managed and processes that go into stewarding these areas. This 2 unit course/internship can be taken all three quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring) as each quarter will build off of the last one. You will tasked with evaluating plans, leading habitat and species mapping efforts, implementing on-the- ground surveys, and creating a recreational land management plan by the end of spring quarter. We will meet on Tuesdays and you will work with group members on Thursday to complete your project. During this class you will meet with various stakeholders such as UC Reserve managers, professors who use the living laboratory of campus, recreational users (e.g. mountain bikers, equestrians, State Parks, etc.), and administrators who are involved in LRDP planning efforts. Through monitoring and GIS mapping, you will help to create a recreational land use plan that will balance trail use with natural resource protection. This class will require you to work independently as well as with a small group and is open to all majors.

  • Norris Center for Natural History

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    Norris Center Internships

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab.

    Contact Person: Chris Lay,  (831)459-4763

    The Norris Center welcomes students who are interested in natural history and want to get hands-on experience with a natural history collection in a meaningful way. 2-unit and 5-unit internships are available to students interested in creating their own projects or continuing long term projects. Past projects have included taxidermy, creation of exhibits, cataloging various collections, creating online natural history resources, teaching classes, leading hikes for campus groups, and writing natural history based books/curriculum. We have a diverse collection including an herbarium, and collections of birds, herps, fish, skulls, mammals, insects, etc. at your disposal to work with. Successful interns will have an interest in natural history and enthusiasm for learning.

  • Norris Center Taxidermy Internship

    Contact: Alex Krohn,, (831) 459-4763

    The taxidermy intern will be crucial in helping add to, and maintain, our current collections. The intern will be trained in how to skin, dry, document and properly preserve bird, and possibly mammal, specimens over the course of the quarter. According to a detailed protocol, the intern will work to create scientific specimens from previously collected animals to add to the museum’s collections.

  • UC Natural Reserve Resurvey internship

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Alex Krohn,, (831) 459-4763

    Want to learn more about field methods and biodiversity? Want to go camping over Spring Break? Join the Norris Center for a new 2-unit internship surveying the biodiversity of Fort Ord Natural Reserve! Students will join teams to survey insects, vascular plants, reptiles/amphibians, mammals, or birds. No experience required, all majors are welcome. Must be able to attend the 21-23 March 2020 camping trip at Fort Ord. Camping gear will be provided if needed. Contact for more information. 

  • Organic Farm Research

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    Agroecology Research Intern

    Listing also found in Research tab.

    Contact: Carol Shennan,     

    The Shennan Lab is base at the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz We work closely with teh Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). In the Shennan Lab research group, we study agricultural sustainability using participatory approaches in high input, capital-intensive vegetable/strawberry production in California. Sustainability issues in California include reliance on controversial toxic soil fumigants and issues releated to inefficient and overuse of inputs that result in on-point source pollution. Our work targets the development of alternatives to soil fumigants for soil-borne disease management, strategies for improved nutrients use and disease suppression in high-intensity organic strawberry/vegetable rotation systems and the potential for landscape diversification to enhance biological control of arthropod pests. Under supervision, interns will learn and experience scientifitic methods and research processes by working along with other undergraduate students for ongoing research projects. 

    For more information, visit our website 


  • PICA

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    Program in Community & Agroecology

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab. 

    Contact: Damian Parr at

    The Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) is a educational and residential program focused on experiential learning, sustainability and food systems. All UCSC students are welcome to participate in the garden workdays and workshops offered. PICA residents have the opportunity to grow their own food together, share meals together, and explore ways to live more sustainably. PICA is located at the entrance to the Village at the UCSC campus, right across from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

  • Puma Project

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    Puma Project

    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Anna Nisi, 

    We have studied mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 2008. Our goals are to understand how mountain lions survive in an area that is highly-impacted by people, develop new research technologies, and educate the public. You can gain resume-building experience conducting cutting-edge research with large carnivores. We need interns who are proactive, independent, self-motivated, and communicate clearly. There are 2 options:

    • On-campus Option: On-campus intern positions are time-flexible and ideal for the intern who only has partial days available between classes. These interns will label photographs of animals, utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and help with data entry using on-campus computers. These interns must be computer-literate (able to learn to use Picasa and other software). Motivated interns may also spend up to 20% of their time in the field if they are interested and have an occasional full day free (this could be on the weekend). Fieldwork is optional for on-campus interns.
    • Off-campus Option: Off-campus interns accompany experienced project personnel in-the-field to investigate GPS locations where pumas may have made kills, check trail camera stations. These interns must 1) dedicate one full day at a time on a regular day each week, 2) be in good physical condition to hike canyons off-trail through brush, 3) exhibit the ability to make common-sense choices, and 4) tolerate poison oak, ticks, and other field hazards.

  • Rachel Carson College Garden

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    RCC Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab.

    Contact: Margaret Bishop, 

    The Rachel Carson College Garden, a program within the Food Systems Working Group, provides 2 and 5 unit internship opportunities centered around basic garden care and stewardship--from seed to fruit. This internship will also focus on the intersections of society, green spaces and food justice through engaging with CRSN 90 and other hands on experience. Interested students will need to complete a casual interview before participating. Looking for students to intern for 2 quarters to develop experience with multiple seasons. Paid student staff positions will be available for students who previously committed to 2 quarters at the garden.

  • Right Livelihood College

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    Right Livelihood College

    Contact: David Shaw,

    Listing also found on Environmental Justice tab.

    This program links faculty & students with 'Alternative Noble Prize' winners for research and education about proven solutions to the world's most pressing global problems. 

    2- and 5- unit interns, and senior project interns, will work in a team to support events, research projects, and awareness raising campaigns.

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  • Site Stewardship

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    Site Stewardship

    Contact: Bill Reid,, (831)459-4680

    The Site Stewardship Program organizes a team of interns and volunteers to take on ecological restoration and guardianship for sensitive natural areas within the UCSC campus. The program seeks to alleviate the impact that university growth is having on the landscape of the campus. The result of past natural resource extraction and university build-out has caused habitat destruction, invasion of non-native species, and soil erosion. Please visit their website for more information! 

  • Small Mammal Undergraduate Research in Forests

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    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Alex Jones,

    The SMURF program is a collaboration between graduate students, the Natural History Museum, and the UC Natural Reserve System that monitors long-term small mammal population dynamics in the UCSC Natural Reserves. SMURF interns trap small mammals every quarter and use the data to examine environmental and ecological questions. We offer 2-unit and 5-unit internship. All first-time interns must take the 2-unit course, which is an introduction to small mammal surveying and handling, data entry and management, and project organization. After completing the 2-unit course, interns can advance to the 5-unit course for the following quarter. The 5-unit course focuses on designing and conducting a research project, data analysis, scientific writing, and public speaking in addition to the further development of field skills. 
    Requirements for all interns:
     • Capable of working outdoors during hot or cold weather
    Comfortable handling rodents
    Willingness to be exposed to poison oak and ticks
    Capable of lifting and carrying ~20lbs of weight
    Excellent communication and team work skills
    Must be available to attend all trapping sessions on 2 or 3 weekends (dates TBD)

  • Stevenson Garden

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    Stevenson Garden Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab. 

    Contact: Anne Friewald,

    The Stevenson Garden aims to create a safe space for all people to explore, grow, and learn as well as to educate our community about the role food systems play into sustainability, food justice, and nutrition. 

    The role of the intern will have two parts: 1. to assist the garden crew in general maintenance of the garden on a weekly basis: attend weekly workday hours, do independent garden shifts.

    2. to independently facilitate a garden project that a) enhances the garden and

    b) educates community members on social justice and sustainability concepts; e.g. plant a strawberry bed & do a workshop on environmental justice issues in the strawberry industry.


  • Storm Water Management Program

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    UCSC Storm Water Management Program

    Contact: Storm Water Manager; (831)459-4520

    Any students interested in environmental issues and would like to get involved on campus are encouraged to apply! Help UCSC manage the quality of campus storm water! Looking for: Writers, artists, web gurus, marketing specialists, photographers, students interested in environmental issues, & people able to network easily to work on storm water issues to enhance the overall campus environment!

    Please visit their website for more information. 

  • Student Environmental Center

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    Fiscal Position

    Contact:Liane Bauer, 

    The Student Environmental Center (SEC) is a student-run, student lead activist  organization on campus dedicated to institutionalizing sustainability and environmental justice here at UCSC through projects and events that educate and empower students. Interning and working with the SEC is an excellent opportunity  to gain hands-on skills like leadership, facilitation, project planning, critical thinking, etc., which employers will be looking for after graduation. Interns will also be able to create meaningful and lasting change on campus all while learning  outside of the lecture hall and earning college credits! Expected duties for the fiscal interns include keeping track of all financial transactions, helping others navigate the fiscal suystem of UCSC, and ensuring funds are accessible for events. 
  • Blueprint Organizer

    Contact: Liane Bauer, 

    Expected duties of the Blueprint Organizer include coordinating events and projects, tracking finances for the blueprint budget, and being an advocate for environmental justice. 

  • Personnel Position

    Contact: Liane Bauer,

    Expected duties of the personnel intern include handling logistics such as collecting documentation of time sheets and goals from students, sheduling meetings for large group discussions, evaluating peers and keeping track of deadlines, sending out reminders of peers for documents, communication with sister orgs such as ESLP and CSC, and planning quarterly retreats. 

  • Media and Outreach Intern

    Contact: Liane Bauer,

    Expected duties of the media and outreach intern include advertising events and projects, working with outisde organizations to build coalition, and educating and empowering students through social media.  

  • UCSC Sustainability Office Internship

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    Sustainability Internship

    Contact: Shauna Casey, 

    The Sustainability Office is looking for talented individuals with a passion for people and the environment to join one of our teams: Green Office Certification program, Carbon Neutrality Fellows, Zero Waste Team or Education & Outreach Teams. If you are interested in gaining professional experience in a fun and rewarding environment, send your resume and a cover letter of interest to Opportunities are available for paid, unpaid and academic credit. We actively recruit interns in Spring quarter for the following school and generally hire only students who are able to make a year-long commitment to their internship, but don't that stop you from getting in touch! We occasionally have additional opportunities. To view our current job openings visit our website!

  • Paid Sustainability Internships

    Contact: Shauna Casey, 

    Note: Jobs will be updated on the ER System asap. Please check back for active links.

    Jobs offered through the UCSC Sustainability Office including program coordinator, sustainability project manager, and graphic designer/website student assistant.

    Apply Now!

  • Wilmers Lab

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    Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Santa Cruz Mountain

    Contact: Dr. Justin Suraci

    Listing also found in the Conservation tab.

    Interns will assist with a large-scale field experiment examining the trade-offs
    that local wildlife face between avoiding risk from humans and taking advantage of
    anthropogenic resources. Work will include setting up and maintaining experimental sites
    around the Santa Cruz Mountains

  • The World Cafe

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    The World Cafe

    Contact: Michaela Sieh 

    The World Cafe is an organization that hosts meaningful conversations on pressing topics such as environmental activism, social justice, and climate change. An intern with our organization will help host these events as well as aid in the expansion of our community.

  • Younger Lagoon Reserve Habitat Resoration Field Crew

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    Younger Lagoon Reserve Habitat Resoration Field Crew

    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Vaughan Williams (831)502-7250

    The UCSC Natural Reserves Office manages five natural reserves that are set aside for teaching, research and public education. We sponsor interns every quarter, including summer, to work at Younger Lagoon Reserve on our Habitat Restoration Field Crew.  Student interns work outside among herons, hawks, and coyotes and pull invasive weeds, collect native seeds, propagate and plant native seedlings, maintain existing restoration sites, cut back trails, and conduct ecological monitoring throughout the year.