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.
In addition to our standard volunteer opportunities, the Conservancy offers internship positions in each of these disciplines! Interning is a great way to learn new skills and gain experience in a field you are pursuing. The Conservancy's internships are currently unpaid but exceptional interns will be offered letters of recommendation upon completion of the hour commitment.
To apply send us a copy of your resume along with the completed internship application, found at the link below. Resumes and applications should be sent to Jesse Potter (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
All internships are currently filled and in session. If you are interested in our other internship programs, please apply during one of the regular application periods described at the bottom of this page.
Education interns will gain experience in program development and implementation of informal and formal science education programs. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of the Conservancy’s programs, the education internship does not currently include experience in program implementation, but will include experience in database management, grant research and application, program development, and other behind-the-scenes aspects of environmental education. 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. For more information regarding our education internship program, please contact Whitney Thompson (Whitney@bolsachica.org)
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. For more information regarding our restoration internship program, please contact Jesse Potter (Jesse@bolsachica.org)
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. For more information regarding our animal care internship program, please contact Jeanette Bush (Jeannette@bolsachica.org)
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.
Social Media and Marketing Internship
Social Media and Marketing interns will gain a unique internship experience while assisting with the development of an organic social media presence, and communication of important and relevant subjects to the public. You will assist with drafting social media posts, public outreach, and marketing. 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. For more information regarding our restoration internship program, please contact Eric Paquette (Eric@bolsachica.org)
Social Media and Marketing interns should have or be working toward a degree in environmental or science communication, business, marketing, communications, public relations, or related field. This program does allow for remote work.
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is currently offering two internship session options.
*Interns who complete 150 hours or more will be considered for the offering of a letter of recommendation.
Not able to commit to an internship? Get involved in one of our many exciting volunteering opportunities by checking out our volunteer page!