Summer Internships


    Bay Ren

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    Bay Ren Energy Internship

    Also under Environmental Education and Conservation

    Contact: Natalie de Leon,

    This internship will support the OOS to implement the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) 2019 grant. BayREN is a collaboration of the nine Bay Area Counties that work together to implement local and regional energy efficiency programs. Grant funds are provided to the County of Santa Clara (County) to implement and outreach the six BayREN subprograms within the County: (1) Single Family, (2) Multifamily, (3) Codes and Standards, (4) Commercial, (5) Water Bill Savings Program, (6) Green . Labeling Program.

    Check out our Website!

  • California Coalition for Rural Housing

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    Rural West Internship Program

    Listing also found in the Public Policy and Environmental Justice tab.

    Contact: Gisela at 

    The Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship designed to increase the staff diversity within the Affordable Housing and Community Development field, and assist in meeting the diverse needs of the communities served throughout the rural West, including its emerging areas. This includes recruiting, training and retaining ethnically diverse students who may not otherwise know about the field. We specifically target underrepresented People of Color, who come from low-income rural backgrounds and reflect rural West’s diverse cultural and linguistic demographics. We give high priority to students completing their junior year or entering their last academic year at four year universities so that upon graduating from college, they may be able to be employed in entry level professional positions in the field



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    Summer Internship

    Listings also found in the Agroecology and Plants and Campus tabs. 

    Contact: Damian Parr 

    CASFS is offering 5 & 2 unit, lower division farm and garden internships focused on field-scale and market garden-scale harvesting, tillage, planting, composting, cover cropping, and propagation. 

    • 5 unit applicants preferred, 2 unit applicants also accepted 
    • There are ~30 positions available across three different work sites
    • Fieldwork schedule: M/W/F 8:30-12 noon for 5 units, or two out of the three days for 2 units 
    • Dates for starting and stopping during summer are negotiable, with break consideration given for vacations and family trips, etc. 
    • At least 80% of internship will consist of outdoor fieldwork

  • City of Santa Cruz

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    Climate Action Program Intern

    Also Under Research

    Contact: Tiffany Wise-West, 

    The City of Santa Cruz’s award winning Climate Action Program is part of the City Manager’s office. Since its inception in 2007, the program has been tasked with the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and meeting its 12 climate action milestones. This program is seeking three Climate Action interns for summer 2019 to support the Resilient Coast Initiative.

    This initiative invites residents of Santa Cruz to document their values around coastal recreation, transportation, ecosystems, natural resources, climate change and sense of place through creative and interactive community engagement techniques. Interns will conduct Coastal Use Surveys, collect observational data along coastal regions, conduct parking surveys, and assist in outreach projects and events for the Initiative.

  • Coastal Prairie Restoration Internship

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    Restoration Research Internship

    Also Under Conservation and Research

    Contact: Justin Luong,

    Student will assist with Graduate Student Justin Luong with research in whether the use of plant functional traits and phylogenetics can be predictive in restoration planting survival and growth, because restoration often has unpredictable outcomes. Presumeably, this will be exacerbated by climate change. Interns have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at Younger Lagoon Reserve at Coastal Campus utilizing rain-out shelters that simulate a 1-in-100 year drought after five years for 12 CA coastal prairie plants, collecting data such as plant community composition and plant functional trait data, and categorizing plants in subgroups by leaf area and thickness. No experience is required. 

  • College of Botanical Healing Arts

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    College of Botanical Healing Arts

    Listing also found in the For Profit tab. 

    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. 

  • Condor Consulting

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    Condor Consulting

    Contact: Sean Dexter, 

    The intern shall be responsible for assisting principals in the production of biological and archaeological reports for any projects that are underway. The intern may be required to assist staff with preparation of ongoing monitoring logs, summary reports, and processing of laboratory samples, photographic, and tabular data. Projects would include biology, botanical, paleontology, and/or archaeological projects.The overall goal of the intern should be to understand how environmental consulting firms in the State of California function, and how they fit into the CEQA and NEPA process.

  • El Centro Verde Farm

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    Costa Rica

    Contact: Tom Peifer, 

    El Centro Verde is dedicated to applied research, demonstration and outreach around issues faced by smallholder farmers in the wet-dry tropics. For almost two decades we have worked with techniques of permaculture, agro-forestry, runoff management techniques of different Amer-indian groups, erosion control, bio-char in an effort to build and share a knowledge base that is relevant to changes in climate, economics and demographics. Daily tasks involve all phases of rainy season cultivation, from seeding to harvest and food preservation. Students with a special interest are encouraged to “take the reins” if the project is compatible with our core interests and philosophy.

    For more info, check out the website!

  • Grassroots Ecology

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    Habitat Restoration Internship

    Contact: Kathleen, 

    Grassroots Ecology is offering a 9-week habitat restoration summer internship for college students and recent graduates to explore the environmental conservation career path through education and hands-on training. Through a mix of field work, readings, and guest speakers, interns will gain local ecological knowledge and valuable experience in the environmental field. Each Monday, interns will attend a guest speaker lecture that covers different habitat restoration topics including: native plants, invasive species, wildlife, water quality monitoring, stream morphology and surveying, ethnobotany, geology, and entomology. On Wednesdays and Fridays, interns will spend time out in the field performing habitat restoration - often through invasive species removal - with Grassroots Ecology Project Managers, Restoration Specialists, and other experienced staff members. The majority of the program is outdoors at our restoration sites assisting with stewardship duties.


  • Jodi McGraw Consulting & UC Santa Cruz Greenhouses

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    Sandhills Restoration Intern

    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Jim Velzy & Jodi McGraw 

    The Sandhills Restoration Intern (Intern) will assist ecologist Dr. Jodi McGraw and Assistant Ecologists at Jodi McGraw Consulting (JMc) with work to restore Sandhills habitat. The Intern will participate in revegetation efforts including seed sowing, planting, transplanting and plant propagation in coordination with the UCSC greenhouses, Jim Velzy, UCSC Greenhouse Director, Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. The Intern will also participate in on-site restoration management including seed collecting, seed cleaning, controlling exotic plants, maintaining outplanted container stock, irrigating, and collecting data as part of restoration monitoring.


  • Long Way Home

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    Green Building Academy

    Contact: Robin,

    The Academy will be a month-long intensive green building course with both classroom and hands-on learning along with cultural exchange. The Academy is dedicated to educating individuals and organizations, in both theory and practical application, about sustainable design, planning, and building practices. There is also the option to break down the full course for shorter 1-2 week sessions to include options for alternative break trips. This is ideal for students looking for internships, capstone projects or studying sustainability, engineering, architecture, education, international studies, NGO management and more! Ask us about how students can apply for academic credit to be granted. Check out our website if you have any questions.

  • Kids in Nature

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    Summer Paid Position

    Contact: Kate, 

    Kids in Nature is a local environmental education program for public school children started by a UCSC Field Quarter Alum. Our programs focus on bringing art, natural history, ethnobotany, emotional literacy, and environmental advocacy to the local youth. We are looking for summer camp leaders that are passionate about each of the planet’s creatures, love children, live lives of curiosity and joy, and who want meaningful work this summer.

    Preferred Application Deadline: May 1st

  • Macaw Lodge

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    Conservation Internship

    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Stephanie Mermet,, (506) 8310-9073                  

    Macaw Lodge is an eco-lodge dedicated to inspire environmental conservation through mindful and evidence based sustainable practices.  We are committed to preserving the biodiversity of our environmentally unique wet-dry tropics as we constantly improve upon sustainable agricultural practices and eco-tourism.  Our methods respect the web of life while providing opportunities and guidance to local farmers and residents ready to improve their quality of life and thereby live purposefully and in harmony with nature. Your proficiency in Spanish may determine the project(s) you will participate in.  Immersion into daily life with our staff, local neighbors, lodge guests from around the world, and school age children are all possible while engaged in our daily practice of tending, preparing and creating a life affirming experience.

    • Sustainable gardeningTropical Food Forest Production of bananas, papaya, bread fruit, Medicinal Plant propagation, Greenhouse Management
    • Wildlife Surveys and Bird counts
    • Fish ponds and Aquaponics
    • Cacao Production and Chocolate making from bean to bar.
    • Trail building,  Bamboo construction

  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

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    Public Programs Internship

    Contact Person: Chelsea Prindle,   

    Become a Sanctuary Exploration Center Summer Intern!! We are currently recruiting for a unpaid summer internship at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center seeks to educate the general public on the Marine Sanctuary reaching from Cambria to San Francisco, and interpret various issues related to local watersheds and ocean preservation. Through this internship, you will gain knowledge about Marine Protected Areas and marine science; gain valuable work experience in program development including education training, discount prices in the gift shop as well as receiving invitations to special events and volunteer appreciation programs. If interested, fill out the application and send directly to Check out their website for more information!

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    Exhibits and Interpretation Internship

    Contact: Nick Ingram,

    Essential Duties:

    • Query visitors on their exhibit use and experience while at the Exploration Center and summarize responses.
    • Update and expand current exhibit interpretation cheat sheets
    • Create exhibit interpretation “quick tips” for weekly docent updates
    • Assist in facilitating large group and camp visits
    • Assist in the gift shop and during special events as needed

    Benefits: Gain knowledge about marine policy and marine science; gain valuable work experience in social media, outreach and marketing, discount prices in the gift shop; invitations to special events; and volunteer appreciation programs.

  • Nevada Conservation Corps

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    Conservation Internship

    NCC is Nevada’s leading non-profit in advancing volunteerism in the environmental sector. We are currently seeking members for conservation internships and our restoration crew program. Spend the season working outside as an AmeriCorps service member. Work on projects ranging from invasive species treatment and removal to habitat restoration and resource management.

    For More Information on NCC and on How to Apply:

  • The Ocean Project

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    Environmental Studies Internship

    Contact: Bill Mott, Director at

    We have a lot going on this summer and it will be an exciting time to work here. Interns will help with the following (based on their experiences, education, and interests). Following are brief overviews of what interns could expect to help with although there are always new opportunities that arise and with the right intern/s we often get greatideas from them as well. The basic overview on our internship program is here and the website provides more complete information about The Ocean Project, and World Oceans Day, which we coordinate. Summer internships are for a minimum of 10 weeks, full time, and stipends will be provided, based on experience and time commitment. For graduating students, internships can continue into the fall, and year round. Interested students should send cover letter, resume, and three-page writing sample, and three references (both academic and work-related). To apply, contact Bill Mott, Director at

  • O'Neill Sea Odyssey

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    Social Media Internship

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

    Contact: Adam Steckley,

    O’Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) provides a hands-on educational experience to encourage the protection and preservation of our living sea and communities. The program is conducted on board the catamaran with follow-up lessons at the shore-side Education Center at the Santa Cruz Harbor. 

    OSO is seeking a volunteer intern(s), to manage the organization’s social media. Duties include photography and videography on-board the O'Neill Catamaran. Managing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Blog posts and other social media accounts to engage our audience of supporters and followers. This is a unique opportunity to be part of a small team of passionate individuals working to instill the next generation of ocean stewards.  At the same time, developing valuable skills in marketing, fund-raising, nonprofit and event management.

  • Our City Forest

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    Nonprofit Internship

    Listing also found in the Public Policy and Environmental Justice tab.

    Contact: Nancy Solorio at 

    Our City Forest (OCF) is an award - winning environmental nonprofit supporting South Bay neighborhoods, schools, businesses, agencies and parks with a variety of greening projects. In addition to providing resources and technical assistance for planting and caring for trees, OCF runs a cultivation nursery and an Americorps service and job training program. Its mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially its urban forest.

  • San Vincente Redwoods Restoration

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    Restoration Intern

    Listing also found in Conservation tab.

    Contact: Jim Velzy 

    The Restoration Intern (Intern) will assist the landowners and/or Property Manager with numerous restoration projects on the San Vicente Redwoods property, located just north of Davenport, CA. Potential projects include
    restoration of areas encroached on by invasive species, including significant involvement in a $1.2 million, 3-year project to remove Clematis vitalba from 30 acres in the riparian corridor of San Vicente Creek. Other work may
    entail sensitive species monitoring, restoration forestry, wildlife imaging, and native species seed collection, propagation, and planting. The Intern will learn skills in land management, integrated pest management, and ecology, as well as the use of various technologies critical to conservation. This internship includes a $300 stipend.

  • Sustainable Business Council of LA

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    Sustainable Business Council of LA

    Contact: Molly Lavik,
    The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBC) is a non-profit organization, established in 2005. The organization provides professional networking, mentoring, and educational forums to sustainable business professionals in Southern California. The organization's goal is to help members improve their operating efficiencies, profit margins, and staff productivity as they reduce the ecological impact of their products and services.

  • Windward

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    Sustainable Community Apprenticeship

    Contact: Andrew Schreiber,

    Apprenticeship are a 3 month full immersion experience in a land-based intentional community working side-by-side with Stewards of the Windward community gaining practical, hands-on skills with the tools needed to build a life in concert with the natural world

    Apprenticeships are tailored to fit the desires and needs of Apprentices, Windward Stewards, and, if appropriate, academic advisors.

    Sustainable systems are multi-faceted & diverse so Apprentices should be prepared to learn and participate in wide ranging projects and tasks while also choosing an area of focus for an in-depth learning experience. Areas of focus are co-created during the application process.

    Check out the website for more details!


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    Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farming

    Contact: Tori, 

    Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, USA (WWOOF-USA) helps connect students with over 2,000 organic farmers nationwide. WWOOF is flexible and can be used for an internship, educational hands-on training, or a summer travel opportunity. The program is open to any students interested in sustainable agriculture, cultural studies, culinary arts, veterinary programs, health and nutrition, environmental sciences, and a wide range of other courses. College credit may be available. Summer opportunities are posted now! With farms in every state, and many welcoming students over summer break, WWOOF opportunities may be closer than you think.

    Check out our website to learn more!