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.
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. Internships are not paid but exceptional interns will be offered letters of recommendation upon completion of the hour commitment.
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 Jesse Potter (email@example.com) .
Currently, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy has openings for the education, animal care, and restoration internships. If you would like to apply for an internship position that is not available, please send us a copy of your application and resume; if a position becomes available within 2 months of your email, we will contact you regarding the position.
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.
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.
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.
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 only offering one internship session option.
Not able to commit to an internship? Consider one of our many exciting volunteering opportunities by checking out our volunteer page!