Environmental Education Internships

Wilderness Survival School with Adventure Out 


    Adventure Out

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    Adventure Out

    Listing also found in For-Profit tab.

    Contact: Cliff Hodges, info@adventureout.com adventureout.com (800)509-3954

    Adventure Out is an outdoor guide service and instructional school based in Santa Cruz, CA. Our programs include Surf Camps, Rock Climbing, Backpacking Trips, Wilderness Survival Skills Classes, and several other multi-activity Adventure Trips. Internship duties take of a wide range of tasks from program instruction assistants, to office work, to marketing and advertising projects. Interns will have the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with company principals as well as in the field with a wide range of guides. Though some of the work is mandated, interns at Adventure Out do have a great deal of freedom in what tasks they perform as well as designing their own term projects. Before beginning the internship, students will work with their supervisor to design a detailed outline and schedule for the term. Check out the website!


  • Adventure Sports Journal

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    Magazine Internship

    Listing also found in Policy tab. 

    Contact: Cathy Chesson, cathy@adventuresportsjournal.com

    Adventure Sports Journal is California's original outdoor sports magazine, and it was founded right here in Santa Cruz. We cover all human powered sports and believe that getting people to enjoy nature through outdoor sports is a great way to create future environmental stewards. We are always in the need for help with data entry, web updates, working ASJ events, social media posts and video blogs are also needed. There are also opportunities to get published on our website and possibly in the pages of our magazine. Check out their website!


  • Bag Speak & Bagito

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    Bag Speak & Bagito

    Listing also found in the Public Policy tab.

    Contact: Mitch Barlas mitch@bagspeak.org, Taylor McLoughlin tsmcloug@gmail.com 

    BagSpeak internship duties may include: 

    • Research on relevant environmental issues for K-12 students (centering on environmental stewardship, sustainability, and personal responsibility for our planet). 
    • Creating lessons and activities on environmental topics for K-12 teachers.
    • Assisting with outreach, communication and marketing (i.e. contacting schools to gauge interest, answering questions and assiting participating teachers, writing blog and press release postings).
    • Reaching out to potential corporate and business partners to inquire about collaboration opportunities and sponsorship/grant interests, and grant writing.

    Bagito reusable shopping bags were created by Power2Sustain to help provide funding for its programs. Bagitos are full-sized, micro-stuffable shopping bags designed to hang on a key ring. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of Bagitos go to the Power2Sustain project.  

    Bagito internship duties may include: 

    • Sales lead generation, contact acquisition, initial outreach and follow-up.
    • Promotional event tabling, including the Wednesday downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market.
    • Marketing and public relations; accounting data entry, analysis and report building.
    • Business modeling and forecasting; exploring partnership opportunities with other companies.
    • General office tasks.

    For more information please visit here!


  • Bird School Project

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    Education Internship

    Contact: Darrow Feldstein, & Kevin Condon, info@birdschoolproject.org 

    The Bird School Project is an environmental education program that sends naturalists into 5th-8th grade classrooms to take students on bird walks. During the bird walks, students learn life science lessons that are on par with curriculum standards from both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core standards. An internship with the Bird School Project is an opportunity for students to get experience teaching environmental education in classrooms and receive mentorship from Bird School staff. In addition to assisting in teaching a class for the quarter, interns will get the experience of being a part of a small team of high functioning and communicative young naturalists working to design and maintain a successful program.


  • Calabasas Garden - affiliated with C9/10

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    Calabasas Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology tab

    Contact: Flora Lu, floralu@ucsc.edu

    This internship affiliated with College 9/10 seeks UCSC students who want the opportunity to work with youth, facilitate agroecological knowledge acquisition, promote locally grown, healthy food, and raise awareness of social and environmental justice issues. Interns will travel to Calabasas Elementary once or twice a week (transportation provided or gas money reimbursed) to undertake the after-school program, helping to design and implement environmental, garden-based curricula with children ranging from first graders to sixth graders. Interns will also assist with the upkeep of the Discovery Garden: weeding, planting, watering, pruning, etc.


  • California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

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    California Marine Sanctuary Foundation

    Listing also found in the Water and Marine tab. 

    Contact: CMSF@CaliforniaMSF.org 

    The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation is excited to announce openings for internship positions. We’re seeking applicants with an interest in ocean education and outreach with an emphasis on generating greater awareness of and support for California’s marine protected  areas. Ideal candidates will be self;motivated and will work closely, but independently, with Sanctuary Foundation staff on one or more projects. Applications will be considered from currently enrolled undergraduate students as well as
    students who have recently graduated from an undergraduate program. While this position is unpaid, our Foundation maintains close collaborations with several organizations throughout California who often seek highly qualified job applicants. Upon successful completion of this program, we will be glad to point you towards potential employers and write letters of recommendatioon your behalf.


  • California State Parks, Henry Cowell Redwoods

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    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Interpretation Internship

    Listing also found in Conservation Biology tab

    Contact: Steve Ellmore, steven.ellmore@parks.ca.gov 

    California State Parks mission statement is to provide health, inspiration, and education of the
    people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting
    its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor
    recreation. The role of the intern at HCRSP will serve to fulfill this mission through learning to present high quality interpretative programs for both school groups and the general public. Specific objectives to attain this goal will be to receive in depth training in which the intern will develop skills and techniques to effectively interpret both the natural and cultural history of HCRSP to park visitors. Tasks to be performed will be to research, develop, and present natural and cultural programs of about one hour in length in an old growth redwood ecosystem. The intern will also learn about other aspects of interpretation including roving interpretation and interpretive writing. For more information visit their website.


  • Coastal Watershed Council

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    Environmental Education Intern

    Listing also found in Public Policy tab

    Contact: Mollie Behn, mbehn@coastal-watershed.org

    The Coastal Watershed Council works in public elementary, middle and high schools throughout Santa Cruz County to involve teachers and students in sustainability education. Education Program Inters will support the Education Coordinator in developing and teaching lessons to K-12 students about 1) watersheds 2) human activity impacting the health of our watersheds such as stormwater runoff, trash disposal, pollution, among other 3) water quality monitoring 4) sources of water and water conservation 5) sustainable practices such as reducing/reusing/recycling/repairing and composting and 6) climate change. Training and support are offered on the lessons and activities, working with students, group management and teaching techniques. There is both school/field time and office time for this internship.


  • Ecology Action

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    Bike Smart

    Listing also found in Public Policy tab.

    Contact: Kira Ticus, kticus@ecoact.org (831)515-1338

    Bike Smart! Youth Bicycle Safety Program conducts bicycle safety trainings for Santa Cruz and Monterey County youth. We offer classroom Presentations, hands on bicycle skills Obstacle Courses (aka "Rodeos") and Community Rides (on street training), as well as bicycle safety Education Outreach Booths. Our programs are carried out at schools, community centers and events. Bike Smart! is a Safe Routes to School program of Ecology Action, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and providing sustainable transportation services to Santa Cruz County residents and businesses. Its other programs include: Bike to Work/School, Bike Week, Active4Me, Walk Smart and Zero Interest Bike Loan Program. Check out the website.

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    Sustainable Transportation

    Listing also found in the Public Policy tab. 

    Contact Person: Emily Gomez, egomez@ecoact.org (831)515-1328

    Ecology Action is a Santa Cruz based non-profit who has been a leader for over 40 years in empowering individuals, businesses, and communities to take actions today that achieve environmental and economic sustainability. Ecology Action’s Bike Programs team runs numerous well-known community programs including Bike To Work, which is one of Santa Cruz County’s largest environmental events with over 10,000 participants. We are currently looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join our fun and dynamic team!

    We are looking for dedicated individuals who are interested in assisting with event coordination and community outreach. We have a number of opportunities and ways for you to plug-in to our programs depending on your interests (youth focus, community outreach focus, research, etc). Check out our website to learn more about the programs that we provide. If you have an interest in working on programs that have a positive impact in the community and provide solutions to some of the more pressing environmental issues of our time, including climate change, than Ecology Action’s Bike Programs Internship is the right fit for you.


  • Education for Sustainable Living Program

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    Education for Sustainable Living Program

    Listing also found in Campus tab
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    ESLP is a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to reshape the way we learn, effectively mentor students, and engage in projects that support the sustainable development of the University of California at Santa Cruz community. Join other ESLP organizers in the planning and designing our entireley student-designed Spring Monday Night Lecture series! As an intern, you will work within one of our three spheres: the Heart sphere (finding speakers for the lecture series), the Academic sphere (designing curriculum), or the Collaboration & Networking Sphere (outreach). Outside of your internship duties, you would be responsible for attending a minimum of two weekly meetings: your sphere meeting and our Core (full group) meeting, plus a quarterly retreat and an evaluations meeting. Typically, an organizer position is a year long commitment with the possibility of a stipend. 
    Please check out eslp.enviroslug.org for more information, and reach out to eslp@ucsc.edu with any questions or to set up an interview.

  • Farm Discovery at Live EarthFarm

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    Educational Docent / Agroecology Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology tab.

    Contact: Hayley Reitman, Education Coordinator; education@farmdiscovery.org

    Farm Discovery at Live Earth is a nonprofit organization working in to empower youth and families in the Pajaro Valley community to build and sustain healthy food, farming, social and natural systems. Our home, Live Earth Farm, is a 150-acre patchwork of working organic farm, riparian corridor, oak and redwood forest. Farm Discovery offers educational programs that inspire youth and families to transform their relationship to food, farming and nature.

    We are looking for interns that can help engage children and lead them in our curriculum during farm experiences. During the Spring and Fall, we host a variety of educational programs approximately 3x a week, with grades kindergarten-5th. Interns must be available in the morning. If interested in agroecology, fieldwork is available in addition to becoming an educational farm docent.

    All interns must be reliable for the duration of the quarter and have transportation, as we are located remotely!


  • Global Student Embassy

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    GSE Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology tab

    Contact person: Tessa Janicke, tjanicke@globalstudentembassy.org (530) 395-21234

    Global Student Embassy works in three global communities engaging local students in year-round environmental action and cultural exchange programs. Reciprocal exchanges connect our students’ sustainable garden and reforestation projects run in Nicaragua, Ecuador and Northern California, while organic school gardens serve as our outdoor classrooms to develop students’ environmental project management skills.


  • IDEASS-DROPS

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    IDEASS-DROPS Internship

    Contact: Tamara Ball, tball@ucsc.edu 831-459-2138 (office)DROPS at Bay View Elementary: A

    Project-based internships including:

    Drought Response Outreach Program
    Get Involved:
    Students interested in hydrology, urban planning, policy, education or film will learn how DROPS is pushing the envelope on decentralized water management. Implement rainwater catchment systems, stormwater mitigation and groundwater recharge (e.g. bioswales) at Bay View Elementary. Priorities for the project include native plant propagation, piloting original Life Lab curriculum, monitoring on and off-site impacts, installing an irrigation system, producing material for an original feature film and showcasing the project at community events.

    2018-2019 Highlights!!

    • Work directly with local experts and professionals (architects, city staff, and mechanical engineers)
    • Redesign blueprints for a new Bay View elementary Life Lab space to accommodate two rainwater tanks a greenhouse and irrigation system and garden beds
    • Develop and test a hands on curriculum to feature system components aligned with Next Generation Science Stands and inspired by Life Lab pedaology.
    • Install rainwater catchment systems and LID landscape features (rain gardens, bioswales) to mitigate the impacts of stormwater runoff
    • Sample stormwater runoff and partner with staff at the water treatment plant to perform lab tests to monitor toxicity and pollution

    And many more!

     


  • Joshua Tree Symbiotic Interactions Curriculum Development

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    Education Research Internship

    Contact Person: Juniper Harrower, jharrower@ucsc.edu

    Joshua trees are threatened by climate change and may be locally extinct from Joshua Tree National Park within a 100 years. My research focuses on the symbiotic interactions (soil fungi and pollinators) that are key for its survival. Additionally, I am an artist and use that research to guide the creation of multimedia art exhibits. I am seeking an intern to take my research findings and to create lesson plans for K-12 public schools or National Park guides. You will be researching other lesson plans across fields to find strong research proven examples to guide the development of original lessons. This is a very creative project that has a huge potential for outreach! 


  • Life Lab

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    School Garden Classroom

    Listing also found in Campus Internships tab.

    Contact: Amy, amy@lifelab.org 459-4035

    2-unit internships -Come enjoy teaching garden-based science and getting kids connected with the outdoors, and get school credit! Interns receive training in garden-based science education, working with children in an outdoor setting, concepts in organic farming/gardening, environmental education, games, activities, and much more!
    - Spring Science Exploration field trips for 1st-5th graders happen on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout spring quarter 9:00-1:45. (Interns pick one of these days to teach all quarter)
    - Seeds of Wonder Pre & K field trips happen Wednesdays, 8:30-1:45
    Steps to Intern with Us!
    1. Get the paperwork to sign up for credit --  Most interns get credit through ENVS. Stop by the Env Studies Internship Office (491 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, UCSC; Chris Krohn, Internship Coordinator; (831) 459-2104 to get the paperwork and find out what you need to do to register for the internship.  (You are also welcome to do this internship for no credit and volunteer). 
    2. Once you have your paperwork, make an appointment with the contact listed for your internship of interest. - We'll sign your paperwork and ask you to fill out an info form for us. Please do make an appointment first to make sure we'll be at our office.
     Find us here.  
    3. Training - Training starts the first week of classes, on your regular day.
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    Bay View Elementary

    Contact person: Jeanée Natov, jnatov@sccs.net 

    Bay View Elementary School has a school-wide Life Lab/Garden Science Program. In the garden, students learn garden science and nutrition. Over the school year, students will experience all aspects of gardening including sowing seeds, planting, harvesting, and composting. Students learn about soil, nutrient cycling, life cycles, photosynthesis and other science standards. Our goal is to spark an interest in gardening, science, and healthy food through fun, hands-on activities. The Bay View Life Lab internship involves maintaining the school garden and assisting with garden-based science classes for students grades K-5. We are looking for 2-3 interns to help maintain the school garden, initiate garden projects and assist with outdoor education. We work around the schedule of the elementary school, so the days and times of Life Lab will be Monday through Friday, ending by 4:00pm.

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    Happy Valley Elementary

    Contact: Deb McArthur, muddebz@yahoo.com & Lori Janney, pja1010@aol.com (831) 431-3423 (Deb)

    The Intern(s) works in the Happy Valley Elementary School garden during school hours (2 days/week, 3 hours each = 6 hours/week, ideally Wednesdays 11am-2pm and Friday 12-3pm but flexible)

    Intern will help maintain garden through watering, weeding, planting, mulching. Student will help with school Life Lab program – managing compost and helping students collect data. Intern will be available in the garden during student recess periods to work with the elementary students on art and planting projects.

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    Parajo Valley Blooming Classroom

    Contact: Cara, cara@lifelab.org, (831)459-4035

    Come enjoy harvest season in the garden, and get school credit. Interns teach garden-based science and sustainable agriculture concepts to local school groups, 2nd through 5th 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! Tuesday afternoons, 1:30 pm to 6pm OR Fridays during the school day, 8:30am to 2pm.
    Interns meet at the Life Lab Garden, on the UCSC campus, and carpool down to the Blooming Classroom. 

    Steps to Intern with Us!
    1. Get the paperwork to sign up for credit --  Most interns get credit through ENVS. Stop by the Env Studies Internship Office (491 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, UCSC; Chris Krohn, Internship Coordinator; (831) 459-2104 to get the paperwork and find out what you need to do to register for the internship.  (You are also welcome to do this internship for no credit and volunteer). 
    2. Once you have your paperwork, make an appointment with the contact listed for your internship of interest. - We'll sign your paperwork and ask you to fill out an info form for us. Please do make an appointment first to make sure we'll be at our office.
     Find us here.  
    3. Training - Training starts the first week of classes, on your regular day.

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    Watsonville School Garden Corps

    Contact: Aisling Mitchel, aisling@lifelab.org or 831-854-7786

    2-unit & 5-unit internships available - Transportation provided from UCSC Farm - Seeking Spanish speakers. Work in School Gardens in Watsonville! Gain gardening skills, learn how to install vegetable garden irrigation systems, create interpretive displays, and work with kids in school gardens. 
    Available spots on Wednesday 9:30-2:00.
    For information and to apply, go to http://www.lifelab.org/classroom/pajaro/school-garden-crew/

    Steps to Intern with Us!
    1. Get the paperwork to sign up for credit --  Most interns get credit through ENVS. Stop by the Env Studies Internship Office (491 Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, UCSC; Chris Krohn, Internship Coordinator; (831) 459-2104 to get the paperwork and find out what you need to do to register for the internship.  (You are also welcome to do this internship for no credit and volunteer). 
    2. Once you have your paperwork, make an appointment with the contact listed for your internship of interest. - We'll sign your paperwork and ask you to fill out an info form for us. Please do make an appointment first to make sure we'll be at our office.
     Find us here.  
    3. Training - Training starts the first week of classes, on your regular day.

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    Delaveaga Elementary School

    Contact: Lidia Tropeano, Life Lab Coordinator ltropeano@sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us

    The Delaveaga Life Lab internship involves maintaining the school garden and assisting with garden-based science classes for students grades K-5. An intern can choose to focus his/her time on outdoor education, garden projects, or
    both. We work around the schedule of the elementary school, so the days and times of Life Lab will be Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00am - 3:00pm. The internship times are flexible as long as the intern completes his/
    her hours. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in outdoor education and/or sustainable agriculture. Interns will have the opportunity to learn effective teaching techniques for an outdoor classroom and gain experience developing a sustainable school vegetable garden.
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    Gault Elementary School

    Contact:  Susan Dahlgren, sgd@baymoon.com (831)429-3856  

    The Life Lab Program at Gault School is a K-5 hands-on science and nutrition program held outdoors in the school garden. All students visit the garden throughout the school year.  Garden includes a greenhouse, greywater recycling, outdoor kitchen, solar ovens, native plants and a pond. 

    - Interns needed -
    Mondays 8:30 – 2:45 p.m.
    Tuesdays 8:30 – 2:45 p.m.
    Thursdays 8:30 – 2:45 p.m.


  • Los Gatos High School Agroecology Class

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    Agroecology Education Internship

    Contact: Philip Rosenblum, philip.rosenblum@gmail.com

    The Los Gatos High School Agroecology class is comprised of Juniors and Seniors age 15-18. Each class has about 24 students, more than half of whom are special education students having either an IEP or 504 plan. Each student is assigned a 5’x10’ garden plot of their own to work on and experiment with throughout the school year. The class focuses on the cultivation of annual edible and ornamental plants. As each plant goes through its complete life cycle, students have the opportunity to observe and document all of its life stages. The primary responsibility of the intern would be helping students to stay on task both in the classroom and in the garden, as students sow seeds, transplant seedlings, water, weed, install drip systems, take care of the garden rabbits and chickens, and complete written journal and classroom assignments. A secondary responsibility would be to add to the course curriculum by designing, teaching, and reflecting upon an engaging hands-on lesson or lessons related to the topic of Agroecology.


  • Marin County Outdoor School

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    Walker Creek Ranch PAID Internship

    Contact: Abbey Gordon, agordon@marinschools.org

    This is a ten month paid internship in which Interns are responsible for leading hikes, teambuilding, and lessons for groups of approximately twenty students from a variety of cultural, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. Interns receive paid training and continuing mentorship throughout the school year.  Create a safe learning environment for students to have a positive outdoor experience.  Plan and teach hands-on Environmental Science curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.  Lead activities in various habitats, including bay-oak woodlands, pond, creek, tide pools, and ranch garden. Model and encourage environmentally responsible behavior.  Applicants should be physically able to work long hours and participate in strenuous activity.  Position requires flexibility and the ability to work as part of a team. Responsibilities also include working two evening programs a week.

    Compensation: $88.00/day (Based on 8 hour work day at $11/hr).   Room and board provided. 


  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    Coastal Ecology Class Mentor

    Contact: Athena Barrios, 831-647-6809 www.montereybayaquarium.org

    During the school year, a select group of Aptos, Pajaro Valley and Watsonville High School students will be enrolled in a Coastal Ecology science class where they will learn about environmental issues related to local watersheds. The class is taught by a PVUSD teacher, Greg McBride, Gary Martindale and Satina Ciandro, respectively, in collaboration with instructors from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The WATCH program is based on a student driven, project-based learning model. Their goal isto create positive environmental impacts through encouraging behavior change in their community. In the course of the project, we pair the students up with adults with different areas of expertise to help the students in the process. Because the students choose the topics of their project, your role is focused on aiding the students in the scientific process rather than being a content expert. 


  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

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    Preschool Storytime Internship

    Contact: Chelsea Prindle, Chelsea.Prindle@noaa.gov

    The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is looking for Docent Training Intern who will assist in the coordination and delivery of our Docent Training program. Duties will include:
    1. Assist in the coordination of a weekly preschool activity time at the Sanctuary Exploration Center
    2. Help set up and lead weekly crafts and show-and-tell demonstrations.
    3. Assist in program advertizing
    3. Work in the gift shop and front desk when needed
    4. Assist with public events

    Check out the website for more details!

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    Docent Training Program

    Contact: Chelsea Prindle, Chelsea.Prindle@noaa.gov

    The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is looking for one intern to assist with the Docent Training Program. The Docent Training Intern will have the primary role of assisting with the preparation and coordination of the docent training program. Duties include: edit and modify docent training manual, create content and update the docent training website, assist in advertising for the docent training program, print and prepare materials for each course, assist in the set up and break down of every course, track participant attendance and homework assignments.


  • Natural Bridges State Beach

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    Natural Bridges State Beach

    Contact: Martha Nitzberg, mnitzberg@parks.ca.gov (831) 423-4609


    Have you ever imagined yourself as an environmental educator? In such a role, you can become a bridge between people and place and a facilitator of connective experiences in nature. At Natural Bridges we have a Fall internship that offers training in environmental interpretation and environmental education. In particular, you will learn to lead morning school group tours of the monarch butterfly preserve. Your help is also much appreciated in running our Welcome Back Monarchs Festival in mid-October. We look forward to meeting you!


  • Norris Center for Natural History

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    Norris Center Internships

    Listing can also be found in the Campus Internships tab.

    Contact: Chris Lay, cml@ucsc.edu  (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.

     


  • Ocean Seed Project

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    Ocean Seed Project

    Listing also found in the Water & Marine tab. 

    Contact: Dominic P. Renda, buzz@oceanseedproject.org (831) 325-7048 

    Oceanseed Project is a science-based, results-oriented, environmental non-profit providing access, insight, inspiration, developmental empowerment and new possibilities to at-risk youth. Oceanseed Project transforms our natural world by providing vulnerable children access to the oceans, beaches, estuaries and watersheds accompanied with mentorship and a student-centered curriculum in the humanities and sciences that compliment Common Core education standards. In establishing their direct connection with nature, our children discover a world of new possibilities; forever improving the trajectory of their lives and that of our world. An Oceanseed Project internship provides participant student team members with the opportunity for direct hands on access, experience and professional business education in environmental entrepreneurism, conservation and education including; federal and state regulations, finance, marketing, programs, operations and field work. Oceanseed Project interns are provided guidance and supervision in strategic areas in support of our mission, yet given the freedom and encouragement to truly make it their own. 


  • Pie Ranch

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    Agroecology Education Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology tab

    Contact: 

    Pamela Nell, programs@pieranch.org

    Pie Ranch is an educational farm. We work to change our local and regional food system, to make it more just, by providing farmer training (we have 9 month, live-on, farm apprenticeship), Youth empowerment/education (we host day field trips with culinary and farm activities and tour (all-ages), week-long trips and summer paid internships with our partner high schools: Mission High, Oceana High, Pescadero Schools and Castlemont High). Offering spring, summer, and fall internships.


  • Ramblin' Adventure Club

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    Ramblin' Adventure Club

    Contact: Courtney Castaños, ramblinadventureclub@gmail.com (831)291-3711

    Ramblin' Adventure Club is more than an after school day care or child care facility. We are an after school and homeschool hiking club for kids, grades K-5th. Kids spend quality time in the wild areas of Santa Cruz County where they learn, play, build relationships and discover the outdoors for themselves. We are a fully insured after school program, and provide camps year round.

    We are currently looking for interns who are interested in learning from seasoned outdoor educators or getting more experience working with children in the field. Interns will help lead hikes, facilitate activities, and work with school aged children or middle schoolers. To learn more visit their website.


  • RIEKES Center for Human Enhancement

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    RIEKES Center for Human Enhancement

    Contact:  Laura Stein, lstein@riekes.org 

    609-226-1802  Fax: 650-261-6006

    We have a weekly kids nature awareness program for homeschool kids that runs from September thru May. Kids meet weekly at the UCSC Arboretum from 9 am to 3 pm with staff meeting 8:30 am to 3:30pm. We are looking for interns to assist with our mentoring programs on a weekly basis. We are looking for interns who are highly inspired to work with youth in nature and have an interest in furthering their own journey in connecting with nature. Interns must also be comfortable being in nature in all types of weather (we go out with kids rain or shine). We will mentor the interns in the following core routines of nature awareness: hazards, games, journaling, tracking, sit spot, wandering, ecological indicators, songs, sensory awareness, survival skills, and bird language. For more information visit their website....


  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education

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    Regional Occupational Program Internship

    Contact: ajernberg@santacruzcoe.org & apriljernberg@gmail.com

    The Regional Occupational Program of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education offers an Ag Production/Horticulture and Agronomy Course where 10-12th grade students learn about the basics of edible and ornamental plant production in both a farm space and greenhouse setting. There are two sites available for internships-one at Natural Bridges Green Career Center (Swift St.) and one at Renaissance High School (La Selva Beach). Both sites have a farm/garden space and greenhouse where vegetables, herbs flowers, fruit and ornamental plants are grown and propagate organically. 


  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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    Internship

    Contact: volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org (831)420-6115 #13

    Founded over 100 years ago, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is rooted in understanding and sharing a fascination of the natural world. Today, education remains at the core of the Museum's mission: to connect people to nature. All of the Museum's educational programs are designed to foster understanding and appreciation of Santa Cruz's rich natural and cultural history. Each year, the Museum provides quality school programming to thousands of youth. With its vast collection of local artifacts and
    one of a kind exhibits, the Museum offers unique learning opportunities for students to delve into natural and cultural history topics in ways they cannot in their classrooms.

    TO APPLY: Please read the Education Program Internship description and complete the Internship Application. Send any questions to volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org or (831)420-6115, #13. Visit the School Programs page on our website for more information about the Museum’s education programs.

  • Volunteer Opportunities


  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab

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    Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab: School Programs

    Listing also found in the Water & Marine tab. 

    Contact: Jen Cormier, volunteers@ucsc.edu (831) 459-3854

    The Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab is dedicated to educating people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world's oceans. Teaching & Project interns assist with team-teaching K-12 students through hands-on marine science learning activities in a classroom setting and leading tours to outdoor sites at the marine lab (marine mammal research overlook, blue whale skeleton, touch tank, etc.) Read descriptions of Discovery Lab programs on the Seymour Center website.

     


  • Sprout Up

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Contact: Jesse Weinstock, DirectorSC@SproutUp.org  

    Sprout Up provides free, youth-led environmental education programs to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in public schools throughout California. Our college student-instructors teach children vital concepts in environmental science and sustainability during the earliest stages of their educational development, cultivating the next generation of passionate caretakers of the earth. Through activities, experiments, and discussions, we get kids thinking in new ways about the world that surrounds them, inspiring them to bring the message of environmental stewardship home to their families and friends. In this way, we strive to promote sustainability throughout our many communities, from the youngest members of society up. For more information, please visit us at www.SproutUp.org


  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance

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    Youth in Wilderness Intern

    Contact: Toan Do, toan@ventanawild.org 831-423-3191 (office)

    Youth in Wilderness seeks experienced backpackers and enthusiastic naturalists to assist in the leading of Environmental Education and Service-Learning field outings- Our primary field season is January thru June. We also run a limited number of trips September to November. A positive attitude and a commitment to safety are required. Field Assistants would work closely with YiW Program Manager and YiW Leaders to coordinate and lead backpacking excursions in the Big Sur backcountry. A 2 unit internship--60 field hours-- entails joining 3 wilderness excursions in a quarter. Please inquire about trip schedule.

    For more information check out our website at http://www.ventanawild.org 


  • Wetlands Educator

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    Wetlands Educator

    Contact: Tami Stolzenthaler, tami.stolzenthaler@cityofwatsonville.org (831)768-3107 

    Internship with the City of Watsonville  School Program at the Wastewater Recycling Plant and Wetlands of Watsonville: Interns will provide hands-on education for small groups of Watsonville middle and elementary school classes at the Wastewater Recycling Plant and at the Wetlands of Watsonville trails. City of Watsonville Conservation Field Trips empower underserved, bilingual youth to interact with their local water utilities and wetlands.   Through this internship, college students develop knowledge of wastewater recycling technology and habitat restoration of the Watsonville wetlands. Inspire students to conserve and protect our water and prevent pollution. Realize the role of a City Public Works and Utilities Department in water conservation and watershed protection.  Training and ongoing support will be provided.  Position hours are 8:30 – 1:00 Fridays, some Thursdays and additional hours as arranged at the Wastewater Recycling Plant, 500 Clearwater Lane and Watsonville Nature Center at 30 Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville.