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 Public 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!

  • Banana Slug String Band

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    Multimedia Intern

    Contact: Larry Graff, slugjoy@gmail.com 

    Have you ever wanted to be part of a Band!!!???? This Internship is with the most prominent Environmental Education Band in the World! The Banana Slug String Band has been performing for Children for 34 years. We have played for over 2 Million kids all over the U.S. We have release 12 CDs,
    and our music is used in Science and Environmental Educational Curriculum throughout the country.

    You will work closely with the Band members, and learn so much about the Music business and Environmental Advocacy. We are trying to change the World, one Kid at a time. Possible Duties include: Writing, Social Media, Marketing, Music Interface(Downloads, Uploads, Spotify, iTunes, etc..), Press Releases and Newsletters, Environmental Research and Writing, Video, Graphic Design

    For more information check out our website!! 

  • Beauregard Vineyards

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    Beauregard Vineyards

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab. 

    Contact: Ryan Beauregardryan@beauregardvineyards.com

    Beauregard Vineyards is offering interns a chance to work on one of the regions premier vineyards: Bald Mountain Vineyard which is located in Bonny Doon very close to UCSC.  For winter projects, we are now pruning the grape vines.  Interns will assist with this project and will learn the basics of pruning and grape vine disease maintenance.  Projects will be: assistance with pruning, gopher management, owl box monitoring.  We are also amidst a partial repant of the vineyard so interns will assist in removal of old vine trellising.  This job requires that the interns are able bodied because this is a physical farming job.  There will be no work when it is raining.  At Beauregard Vineyards, wine is made in the vineyard.  We look forward to sharing our passion for the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  • Big Basin State Park

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    Environmental Sustainability Intern

    Contact: Krystal Zamora and Will Klair, (707) 759.5297, kzamora@basecampmail.com 

    Basecamp Hospitality is a privately owned, award-winning park, resort, retail and event management company with operations in California, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming. Since 1975, Basecamp Hospitality has been providing our superior level of service and commitment as concessioners to our government partners in local, state and national agencies. At Big Basin State Park, our intern will help us achieve our Zero Waste Initiative for the Big Basin Café by creating a 5-year Waste Management Plan. Our intern will also have the opportunity to share their passion for the great outdoors with our guests through environmental education and the development of interpretive materials. The ideal intern will have particular interests in Corporate Social Responsibility models and sustainable supply chain management.


  • Bird School Project

  • Education Internship

    Contact: Kevin Condon, kevin@birdschoolproject.org

    Did you ever have an awesome outdoor experience that got you hooked on nature? Are you an excited naturalist willing to share your expertise with the next generation? Have you ever thought of getting into science education? The Bird School Project is an exciting outdoor education program focused on birdwatching in schoolyards throughout Santa Cruz County. We help students investigate the wild birds that live right outside their classroom door using binoculars and field guides. Birds are everywhere and we believe that you don't have to travel far to develop a formative connection with nature! Interning with the Bird School Project is a great opportunity to get to experience teaching environmental education. Currently, we are seeking passionate educators who can help facilitate eye-openingexperiences for middle school studnets during the following times: Modays | 8 am -3 pm & Thursdays | 8 am -2:30 pm 

  • Calabasas Garden - affiliated with C9/10

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    Calabasas Internship

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants 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-Related 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.

  • Circle Trail Project

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    Environmental Education Intern

    Contact: Dr. Paul Lee, drpalee777@gmail.com 

    Interns will partaking in creating and developing the Circle Trail that will link various environmentally and culturally important locations in Santa Cruz together allowing for locals and tourist to reconnect with Santa Cruz's natural history. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with Professor Paul Lee, California Conservation Corps, and Santa Parks and Recreation. Please check out the website!

  • Coastal Watershed Council

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    Environmental Education Intern

    Listing also found in Water and Marine Related 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 Interns 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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    Sustainable Transportation

    Contact Person: Erin Devitt, volunteer@ecoact.org513-833-1454

    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.

  • Events Support Intern

    WINTER 2020 position is FULL

    Contact Person: Erin Devitt, volunteer@ecoact.org513-833-1454

    Ecology Action is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides innovative solutions to climate and natural resource challenges of cities, governments, and utilities across California. We know that when individuals and businesses make simple changes in their behavior, they drive large scale changes that benefit people and the planet. This translates into reduced carbon emissions, stronger businesses, healthier communities and a sustainable future for all. Together, we help people, businesses and communities act now.

    Ecology Action’s Community Programs team is looking for an Events Support Intern to work closely with the Events Specialist to help execute events.



  • Bike and Walk Smart Internship

    Contact Person: Erin Devitt, volunteer@ecoact.org513-833-1454

    Gain experience in public speaking, youth education, classroom management, sustainable
    transportation, and more through Ecology Action’s Bike and Walk Smart Internship.

    Bike and Walk Smart interns assist lead staff in implementation of youth bicycle and walk safety trainings and program development projects. 

    Children love the freedom, motion, and exhilaration of riding their bikes or walking.

    Our programs provide engaging, interactive, and hands-on youth bike safety and walk safety education, which gives children the needed knowledge, skill, and practice to be safe cyclists and pedestrians.

    More students walking, biking, skating or scooting to school means fewer cars around school neighborhoods. Less car congestion results in decreased greenhouse gas emissions and safer routes for students.

  • Education for Sustainable Living Program

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    Education for Sustainable Living Program

    Listing also found in Campus 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 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 and Plants 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 Environmental Justice Journal

  • Global Environmental Justice Journal Internship

    Listing also found in the Environmental Justice tab.

    Contact: Ravi Rajan, srrajan@ucsc.edu (831) 459 - 4158

    This internship seeks 5-10 editiors to help produce a peer reviewed global environmental justice journal. Responsibilities include reviewing and editing student papers, commisioning book reviews, and collecting global environmental news to assemble into a cohesive journal.

  • Global Student Embassy

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    GSE Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants 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.


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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! 

  • Kids in Nature

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    Kids in Nature

    Contact: Elise Scheuermann, scforestkids@gmail.com

    The Kids in Nature Internship, based out of Westlake Elementary School, is an after school program which fosters student appreciation of the outdoors. The programs focus on bringing art, natural history, ethnobotany, emotional literacy, and environmental advocacy to the local youth. Expected responsibilities include leading outdoor adventures, teaching lessons about plants, and creating an exciting learning environment for the next generation of nature stewards. There are openings for 2-unit or 5-unit interns. The schedule follows the school year calendar and the program runs from 12:15-5pm Monday-Thursday and 2:15-5pm Monday-Friday.
    For more information visit their website!

  • Kindred Herbs

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    Herbalism Internship

    Also Under Agroecology

    Contact: Cameron Salomon, kindredherbs@gmail.com 

    Kindred Herbs is a speciality medicinal plant nursery growing herbs from around the world. The nursery produces herb starts and plants to sell direct to customers. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons, an intern will help seed and transplant herbs, label plants, water and fertilize, do some light construction, help maintain the nursery site. The intern(s) may also have the option to help develop materia medica, which is literature material about herbs including it's botanical description, growth habit, growing conditions, and medicinal use.

  • Land of Medicine Buddha

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    Environmental Education Internship

    Also under the Agroecology and Plants and Conservation tabs

    Contact: Dominic “Buzz” Renda buzz@medicinebuddha.org 

    Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB), a center for healing and developing a good heart, is an active Buddhist community, a local registered non-profit, an environmental conscious meditation and retreat center located on 108 acres of coastal redwood foothills in Soquel. Our mission, values, teachings and practices devoted to increasing the wellbeing for all. We offer a wide range of secular and non-secular offerings including teaching, meditation, retreat and community.

    4 2 or 5 unit internships are available. Internship participants will be instrumental in planning, developing and actualizing 1 of 2 priority LMB projects; Regenerative Garden and Nature Walk. 

    For more information please visit our website!

  • Life Lab

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    School Garden Classroom

    Listing also found in Campus Internships tab.

    Contact: Cara-Alexandra Sundell, cara@lifelab.org

    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 recieve training in: garden-based science educaiton, 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. 

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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: Kate Grell, kategrell@gmail.com 

    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:  Erica Schroeder, erica.schredder@gmail.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, martha.nitzberg@parks.ca.gov (831) 423-4609 ext. 8

    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 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.


  • Natural Reserve Resurvey internship

    Listing also found in the Campus tab.

    Contact: Alex Krohn, arkrohn@ucsc.edu, (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 arkrohn@ucsc.edu for more information. 

  • Ocean Seed Project

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    Ocean Seed Project

    Listing also found in the Water & Marine-Related 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 and Plants tab


    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:  Jeremy Hartje, nature@riekes.org 

    650-364-2509  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....

  • Roots & Routes Intercultural Collaborations

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    Social & Ecological Justice Campaign

    Listing also found in the Conservation, Research, and Environmental Justice tab.

    Contact: Juli Hazlewood, juli@rootsroutes.org 

    Roots & Routes Intercultural Collaborations (Roots & Routes IC) mission is to facilitate sharing knowledge between diverse cultures en route to responsibly stewarding a flourishing living world. Our vision is people standing arm-in-arm to form an Indigenous-led educational exchange network that teaches the world that we are worth more than the resources below our feet.

    The objectives of the projects will vary from quarter to quarter, depending on the needs of the organization. Yet, as the supervisor is also faculty at UCSC, she knows that the students should be involved in meaningful work, and not only busy work. Depending on the interests and skills of the students, we can develop a project that would be useful to the future of bot the student and the organization.

    Some options may be working on a Rights of Nature campaign (for the FIRST Rights of Nature case in the world), organizational media and communications, collaborating on grant applications, helping to write letters/contact partner organizations, establishing a database and/or donorbase, website development, fundraising campaigns (if interested), helping to create community and/or campus events in relation to organizational activities, and so on.

  • 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. 

  • County Science Initiative




    Also Under Environmental Justice 

    Contact: Amity Sandage, asandage@santacruzcoe.org 

    The COE is preparing to launch a Youth Leadership Council for Sustainability and Environmental Justice. The goals of this program are to increase student voice and agency, and to support environmental action and civic engagement of middle school and high school students around environmental issues they identify as important to them. UCSC interns will play an important role in identifying model programs and potential resources for use in the program, recruitment of student leaders and community partners, co-planning events, and documenting and promoting the program's activities through the website and appropriate media outlets.

    This initiative also includes ongoing work with K-12 teacher leaders and environmental education organization partners who have participated in the COE's Teacher Leadership Institute for Science and Environmental Literacy. Interns will assist in preparations for workshops and events for this group, gather and disseminate resources to teachers and environmental education partners, and assist with ongoing communication among the group. A second internship project (which could possibly be combined with the above as it will likely ultimately be connected to the youth leadership council) is assisting in the development of a plan to support schools and districts in making progress toward greening campuses. "Greening campuses" includes not only adopting policies and sustainable practices for waste management, energy use, water use, etc. but also the creation and use of green spaces--adding nature to campus--that can be used to improve health and wellness as well as provide outdoor classroom space.This internship would involve:

    • gathering information from schools to create a landscape analysis of schools' and
    • districts' current goals and resources in this area
    • researching tools and guides to identify those most useful and
    • organizing/presenting them for ease of use by schools
    • and documenting and promoting progress made by schools in their efforts to
    • green campuses.

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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    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.

  • 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-Related 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.


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    Sewymour Marine Discovery Center Docent Volunteer

    Listing also found in the Water & Marine-Related tab. 

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

    The Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab is currently recruiting for a Visitor Programs Docent Training Intern. Responsibilities include working with the Visitor Programs Manager to develop teaching materials for the docent training course held at the Seymour Center from January - March 2019. The intern will help set-up the room before each training starts, record lectures, upload videos to a training website, take notes, help clean up the classroom after each training, and many other various tasks. The intern must also create a presentation and present a selected marine science topic to the docent training class.

  • 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

    Also Under Environmental Justice

    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.