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    Adventure Out LLC

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    Adventure Out LLC

    Listing also found in Environmental Education tab.

    Contact: Cliff Hodges, info@adventureout.com ventureout.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. For more information please visit the website.

  • Allterra Environmental, Inc.

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    Allterra Environmental, Inc.

    Listing also found in the Alternative Energy tab. 

    Contact: David Stearns, Sales & Communications Manager

    Email: David@Allterraenv.com;  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!

    For more information...


  • Christiansen Associates Garden and Design

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    Organic Landscape Gardening

    Listing also found in the Agroecology and Plants tab. 

    Contact: Kurt Christiansen, kurtsgarden77@gmail.com (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

    Listing also found in the Summer tab.
    Contact Person: Mary Adams, cobhasantacruz@gmail.com  (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. 

  • Ecostruction

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    Ecostruction

    Contact: Mitchel Slade eco-struction@eco-struction.com 831.427.1600

    Ecostruction is a fourteen year old sustainable design and building company. Our firm specializes in developing communities that are healthy, functional and sustainable. The company was founded on principals of sustainable building, and we have proceeded with that intention throughout its duration. We pride ourselves on developing some of the first permitted, sustainable structures in many cities and counties throughout California. We are not a conventional building company making an attempt to become a ‘green’ building company. We take much pride in our work, and as such, our team holds the bar very high. For More information...


  • Kindred Herbs

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    Kindred Herbs Internship

    Contact: Cameron Salomon, Owner; kindredherbs@gmail.com; (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.


  • Marc Shargel: Living Sea Images

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    Digital Photography Library Intern

    Listing also found in Water & Marine-Related tab. 

    Contact: Marc Shargel; marc@lumigenic.com831-335-4849 

    Marc Shargel has worked extensively with marine conservation NGO’s, and served on the Marine Life Protection Act Central Coast Regional Stakeholder Group. His first underwater marine-life photography book, Wonders of the Sea: North Central California's Living Marine Riches, was released in 2008. His second Wonders of the Sea Volume Two: Marine Jewels of Southern California's Coast and Islands came out the following year. In 2010 he published Wonders of the Sea Volume Three: Hidden Treasures of California’s Far North Coast. (See them online at http://www.LivingSeaimages.com/books). Our photo files currently contain about 9,000 images, with over 5,000 now online.

    We are looking for an intern with skills in both marine biology and database management to work on:

    • Keeping this library current, our biological identifications accurate, and the uploads to our image library up to date, is an ongoing challenge for a person with skills in both marine biology and database management
    • Getting our imagery in front of photo editors and other potential buyers is an exercise in marketing, sales, and business management.

    Our database is written and maintained using PHP/MySQL with a web interface. The intern will use this system to add images to the online library. In addition they may use Photoshop or similar software to prepare images for web display.

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  • Santa Cruz Permaculture

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    10-Unit or Senior Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and PlantsPublic Policy, and Water & Marine-Related tabs

    Contact Person: David Shaw, santacruzpermaculture@gmail.com

    Santa Cruz Permaculture provides community development, land stewardship, holistic education, and eco-social design services for a thriving, just and sustainable world. I am looking to sponsor senior internships with qualified students interested in learning and practicing permaculture design in our community. This will include “dirt time” with gardening and land stewardship, as well as “social entrepreneurship” skills needed to run a successful business or non-profit organization. Interns will learn practical skills for personal and professional development that are applicable in a wide variety of fields.

    Specific projects will vary based on the interns passion and skills. Projects may include:

    • Land-based restoration including installation and maintenance of resilient food and water systems at both urban and rural scales. This is a primary way that the interns will learn and contribute.
    • Attendance and support for the Santa Cruz Permaculture Design Course, and other workshops
    • Hosting community forums to learn about issues of social justice and sustainability, and to create a stronger group of people for getting things done
    • Creation of a Santa Cruz Bioregional Directory, a yellow pages of sustainable solutions
    • Creation of a Santa Cruz Permaculture course website with course notes, videos, articles, etc.
    • Social documentation including: writing a monthly eNewsletter, making Facebook posts, taking photos and videos

    Check out these videos (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=155hMJC7GMw) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7i1H358zrM) to get an idea of what you can do!

    This is a 6-month internship, 5 units per quarter offered twice a year (fall/winter and spring/summer)

  • 2-Unit Internship

    Listing also found in Agroecology and PlantsPublic Policy, and Water & Marine-Related tabs

    Contact Person: David Shaw, santacruzpermaculture@gmail.com

    Santa Cruz Permaculture provides community development, land stewardship, holistic education, and eco-social design services for a thriving, just, and sustainable world. See www.santacruzpermaculture.com for details about the organization.

    * Help Create a Bioregional Directory for Santa Cruz! *
    Imagine a “green pages” for the greater Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay area that helps people connect with local organizations and businesses, and identify ways to make our community more sustainable. A beta version is live at santacruzbioregionaldirectory.wikispaces.com and we want your help making the first major draft.

    You’ll learn about a wide range of organizations and sustainable practices in your own backyard, and make a real contribution towards the future of our community. Furthermore, we hope that our bioregional directory will provide a template for other communities world-wide.

    The internship primarily includes researching local organizations, and creating entries in our wiki that include text, photos and videos. It may also include taking photographs and making videos related to permaculture as needed as well as helping promote the directory. Occasionally this position may also contribute to the Santa Cruz Permaculture blog.


    This is a 1-quarter 2-unit internship offered every quarter. Please see our other listing for the 6-month 10-unit internship offered twice a year (fall/winter, and spring/summer).


  • SupplyShift

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    Supply Shift Internship

    Also Under Public Policy & Environmental Justice

    Contact: Hanna Inman, hminman@supplyshift.net 

    SupplyShift is seeking 1-2 motivated interns with strong analytical and Excel skills to work with its implementation staff on two projects next year during winter and spring quarters, possibly longer. Interns have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks related to assisting customer implementation and support teams, testing new features, and managing their support center articles. 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.


  • Waste Reduction & Reuse with GO Box

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    Waste Reduction & Reuse with GO Box

    Listing also found in the Public Policy tab. 

    Contact: Paul Liotsakis, paul@goboxsfbay.com (415)-626-8723

    Waste Reduction & Reuse with GO Box is an innovative new green service providing reusable take-out containers to Bay Area food vendors and their customers. With GO Box, your meal is served in a durable, reusable and BPA-Free container. GO Box is a new way to conveniently and safely reduce waste associated with single-use, disposable to-go containers. More GO Box containers mean less trash and cost savings for food vendors.

    Internship duration negotiable with a minimum of two months. Open to exploring school credit for student. Pay is $125/month with bonus upon successful funding of the campaign. Time commitment is a minimum of 16hrs/week. For more info please visit the website.