Internships

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve through leadership in science-based education, restoration, and community outreach. To help students and new professionals gain work experience in this career field, the Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers a variety of internships.

Internships applications are now open! Before February 15th, please send your resume and completed application to Kirsten Haltman at kirsten@bolsachica.org. NOTE: this application period is for interns that wish to start in the spring; and application period for summer ONLY internships will open on May 1st.

Application periods for 2023 will be as follows: February 1-15 (spring/summer), May 1-15 (summer ONLY), and September 1-15 (fall/winter).

Positions may become available on an asynchronous basis, and will be posted here and on our social media when available. To apply send us a copy of your résumé along with the completed internship application, found at the link below, to internship coordinator Kirsten Haltman (kirsten@bolsachica.org).

Internship Opportunities:

Education internship:
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. Education interns are also responsible for drafting and
scheduling posts for the Conservancy’s social media posts. 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 internship:
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 ambassadors. Duties include feeding,
cleaning enclosures, aquarium maintenance, and other various tasks. 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. NOTE: feeding does involve feeding live
mice/rats and crickets, and applicants should be comfortable with this task.

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 internship:
Fundraising interns will gain a unique internship experience while working for part of the business side
of this nonprofit. You will assist with marketing, planning, and implementation of fundraising events and
campaigns. Although your main focus will be fundraising, 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.  

Internship sessions:
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy requires a minimum of 150 hours of work for an internship to be
considered complete. However, we also offer longer sessions for those wishing to get more experience:
(1) 250-hour longs session and (2) 500-hour long session. 

Not able to commit to an internship? Consider one of our many exciting volunteering opportunities!