The Bolsa Chica wetlands are a unique ecosystem and a vital part of the Pacific Flyway for birds as well as home to many endangered and threatened species of plants and animals. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is dedicated to protecting this important ecosystem through leadership in science-based education, restoration, and community outreach.
To apply send us a copy of your résumé along with the completed internship application, found at the link below. Resumes and applications should be sent to Abbey Messmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Education interns will gain experience in program development and implementation of informal and formal science education programs. Activities include leading guided tours of the Bolsa Chica wetlands, assisting with Interpretive Center exhibits, as well as community outreach events, service events, and school and camp programs, when applicable. Although your main focus will be education, you will also have opportunities to participate in other areas of the Conservancy to ensure you achieve a well-rounded experience.
Education interns should have or currently be working toward a Natural Science or related BA or BS.
Restoration interns will gain experience in habitat restoration and community-based service projects. Activities include assisting with habitat restoration events, assist with native plant cultivation as well as invasive removal, maintain restoration statistics, and promote community understanding of native habitat restoration. Although your main focus will be in restoration, you will also have opportunities to participate in other areas of the Conservancy in order to ensure that you achieve a well-rounded experience.
Restoration interns should have or currently be working toward a Natural Science or related BA or BS.
Animal care internship
Animal care interns will gain experience in caring for live animal museum displays. Duties include feeding museum animals and cleaning animal enclosures. The Conservancy interpretive center is home to 3 marine tanks, lizards, snakes, and spiders. Applicants should be aware that we feed live prey including mice, fish, and crickets. Animal care interns will have the opportunity to educate the guests of the interpretive center as they come in to visit. Although your main focus will be animal care, you will also have many opportunities to participate in other areas of the Conservancy in order to ensure a well-rounded experience.
Animal care interns should have or currently be working toward a Natural Science or related BA or BS. Previous animal care experience is preferred but not required.
Administrative interns will gain a unique internship experience while working for the business side of this nonprofit. You will assist with marketing, public outreach, development advocacy, and fundraising. Although your main focus will be administration, you will also have the opportunity to participate in other areas of the Conservancy in order to ensure a well-rounded experience.
Administration interns should have or be working toward a degree in business, marketing, communications, public relations, or related field.
Bolsa Chica offers two types of internship sessions: (1) a long-term fall and spring session and (2) an intensive summer session. Both sessions require a minimum of hours of commitment. Session 1, long-term internships require 500 hours. Session 2, summer internships require 250 hours. Internships are not paid but exceptional interns will be offered letters of recommendation upon completion of the hour commitment.
Not able to commit to an internship? Consider one of our many exciting volunteering opportunities by checking out our volunteer page!