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.
Internship applications are currently closed. The next application submission period is August 15th - September 15th. Thank you for your interest in our internship opportunities! Please note that internship application periods can change based on a variety of factors. We will announce additional or adjusted application periods as needed on our social media (@bolsachicacon) and email.
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 our intern coordinator, Kirsten Haltman (email@example.com) .
Education interns will gain experience in program development and implementation of informal and formal science education programs. Throughout the duration of the internship, interns will primarily gain experience in implementation of on-site guided hikes and lab/activities, though opportunities to provide support with off-site programs will be available as well. Education interns are also responsible for managing the Conservancy's social media accounts, primarily through the creation and posting of content. Although the main focus will be education, education interns will also have opportunities to participate in other areas of the Conservancy to ensure they achieve a well-rounded experience. For more information regarding our education internship program, please contact Whitney Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Education interns should have or currently be working toward a Natural Science, Education, or related B.A. or B.S..
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 Kenny Perez (email@example.com).
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 ambassadors. Duties include feeding our reptile and marine animal ambassadors, as well as maintenance of the tanks. The Conservancy interpretive center is home to 5 saltwater tanks, 4 species of snakes, and 2 species of lizards. Applicants should be comfortable with feeding live prey (mice and crickets) to our reptile ambassadors. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Fundraising interns will gain experience in development, planning, and implementation of various fundraising events. Activities will include - but are not limited to - solicitation calls for auction and grab bag donations, implementation of marketing strategies (social media, email, physical materials, etc.), development of themed appeals, and day-of assistance for in-person events (Earth Day Festival, 4th of July Brunch, etc.). Although the main focus will be fundraising and event planning, there will also be opportunities to participate in other areas of the Conservancy’s work, including education and restoration, to ensure you achieve a well-rounded experience. For more information regarding our restoration internship program, please contact Kirsten Haltman (email@example.com) or Jeannette Bush (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fundraising interns should have or currently be working toward a degree in business, marketing, communications, or another related field. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is currently offering several internship session options.
Although the minimum requirement is 150 hours, longer-term internships are also available and can be discussed during the interview period.
Not able to commit to an internship? Get involved in one of our many exciting volunteering opportunities by checking out our volunteer page!