Private Business Internships

    Allterra Environmental



    Allterra Environmental Consulting Internship

    Contact: David Stearns, Sales & Communications Manager

    Email:;  Phone: (831)419-0565


    Allterra Environmental, Inc. (Allterra) is a locally owned full service environmental consulting company looking for motivated students interested in careers in sustainability. Allterra’s Renewable Energy division is looking for two (possibly more) students to assist in the areas of outreach, sales, regulatory compliance, solar design, and assorted office tasks for the duration of Fall quarter. We encourage students to continue the internship for winter and spring quarters as well.

    You will meet and interact with city officials, leading business people, and civic leaders on a regular basis. The internship will include 4-6 hours of event staffing or canvassing per week. Lunch will be provided on all event/canvassing days!

  • Adventure Sports Journal

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    Adventure Sports Journal

    Listing also found in the Environmental Education tab. 

    Contact: Cathy Chesson,

    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 !

  • Adventure Out LLC

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    Adventure Out LLC

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Cliff Hodges,, (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. For more information please visit the website.

  • Beauregard Vineyards

  • Beauregard Vineyards

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants tab

    Contact: Ryan Bearegard, (831)425-7777,

    Beauregard Vineyards is offering interns a chance to work on one of the regions premier vineyards: Bald Mountain Vineyard, located in Bonny Doon very close to UCSC. 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. There will be no work when it is raining. 

  • Christiansen Associates Garden and Design

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    Organic Landscape Gardening

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab. 

    Contact: Kurt Christiansen, (831)458-2005 

    Christiansen Associates Gardens and Design is an organic landscape company. We design, install and maintain gardens organically for people to live in and enjoy. We specialize in edible landscapes, Mediterranean-native plants, ponds and waterfalls, organic soil preparation and organic pest management. Check out the website! 

  • College of Botanical Healing Arts

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    College of Botanical Healing Arts

    Contact Person: Mary Adams,  (831)462-1807
    We are looking for an independent, business-minded, curious individual who is open to learning new things and assisting in an array of activities for our non-profit college. Our ideal candidate is punctual, reliable, and communicates well and honestly. This is an excellent position for people who are interested in holistic health, the medical field, education, office management and assistance, marketing, and more. Our office is a outside scent-free, peaceful environment and our staff is small. The community at the school is tightly knit and very loving. We will do anything we can to help you achieve your goals as long as we see that you are doing the same for our college! We rely heavily on donations to keep our college running, so we need someone who will be serious about their duties in fundraising (events), marketing, and communicating with local and global grant programs. 

  • Environmental Innovations (EI)

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    Environmental Innovations

    We are hoping to get an intern this Fall quarter to support our outreach efforts. We ask for a 3 quarter commitment, the first quarter is a trial period with a $500 stipend and then if it works well we move them to hourly part time employee status. Key responsibilities include organizing meetings and other events, providing sustainability technical assistance to businesses, customer service and sales within the business community, data analysis and reporting, and social media and marketing. Spanish speaking is a strong consideration for this position. If you are, looking for more information, then please look here or here!


  • Golden State Renewable Energy (GSR Energy)

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    Project Development Intern

    Email: cover letter and CV to

    GSR Energy seeks a detail-oriented, interdisciplinary Project Development Intern
    to help establish a portfolio of community solar projects in California. With the
    passage of AB2316, the California legislature has enacted what advocates believe
    will be a functional community renewable energy program, such as community
    solar plus storage, to overcome energy access barriers impacting Californians who
    are renting or are within the low incomes threshold. The Project Development
    Intern will work closely with GSR Energy’s experienced development team to
    employ strategic original research methods in effort to identify locations for
    community solar projects in California. A core part of the team that will be
    identifying where projects will be located, this position is an exciting opportunity
    to pioneer and shape the future of equitable access to renewable energy for the
    State of California.

    Reports to: Project Development lead based in San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    Working Environment: Remote / Flexible (remote office/ Availability for in-person
    collaboration in Northern California, or co working space on San Mateo coast side).
    Location: California based candidate
    Hire Type: Full-time (or part-time with meaningful time commitment) paid 6-month
    Internship with strong growth potential

  • Kindred Herbs

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    Kindred Herbs Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants tab

    Contact: Cameron Salomon, Owner;; (831)204-0331

    Kindred Herbs is a specialty 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, medicinal use.

  • Madson Wines

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    Madson Wines

    Contact: Cole Thomas,,(831)345-9834

    Interns will help farm vineyards, make and bottle wine, manage business operations and create social media content. We are looking for someone with good communication skills with a desire to work hard and learn
    about wine and farming.

    Interns must be 21+ years of age.

  • Marc Shargel: Living Sea Images

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    Digital Photography Library Intern

    Listing also found in Water & Marine-Related tab. 

    Intern with Conservation Photographer

    Contact: Marc Shargel;; 831-335-4849 
    Marc Shargel is a commercial nature photographer and marine conservation advocate. He has worked environmental NGO’s, and served on the Marine Life Protection Act Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. Most recently he led the incorporation of a non-profit devoted to kelp forest restoration. He has published four books on the marine life of the California coast, see them online at His online photo library now has 16,000 images. See
    We are looking for interns to help with all aspects of this business, including:
    • Organizing all aspects of public events: hanging photo shows, public relations and communications, etc. 
    An intern with skills in both marine biology and database management can work on:
    • Keeping our online library current, our biological identifications accurate, and the uploads to our image library up to date.
    Someone with a mind for marketing can help with: 
    • Getting our imagery in front of photo editors, getting our products (books, notecards and prints) placed in retail outlets, and managing those relationships.
    An intern interested in digital photography can 
    • Use Lightroom (or equivalent software) and perhaps Photoshop to prepare images for web display.
    In addition to the skills required to do the above, our interns have the opportunity to learn the artistic and technical aspects of photography if they wish.

  • Santa Cruz Permaculture Farm

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    Permaculture Farm Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and Plants tab

    Contact Person: Leah Stern,

    Santa Cruz Permaculture supports a thriving, just, and sustainable world through courses, consulting, and farming. We have a 26 acre organic and regenerative farm 20 minutes north of Santa Cruz on the coast. We'll work together as a crew every Friday. Work ranges from composting, planting, harvesting, pest and disease management, irrigation, food processing, herbalism and other farm+garden experience to forest management, watershed regeneration, natural building, fencing, and animal husbandry. As we head into our first CSA season, this is a great opportunity to learn how to start a farm! CLICK HERE TO APPLY:

  • Supply Shift

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    Supply Shift Internship

    Also Under Public Policy & Environmental Justice

    Contact: Tracey Brown,

    SupplyShift is seeking 1-2 motivated interns with strong writing and editing skills. The interns will work on tasks like conducting research and developing and editing marketing copy related to a variety of supply chain sustainability topics. The internship requires at least 10 hours a week on an ongoing basis. The internship will begin as credit based, and could convert to a paid position after the first quarter. Course credit can be arranged with the Environmental Studies Internship Office. Please send your resume and a writing sample to for consideration for these positions.