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Internships

Shaping Our Next
Generation’s Leaders

The Internship Experience

Build your resume with an ecology-focused internship! At Nature Collective, you can develop expertise in conservation fields that truly make a difference, today and into the future. Dive into the space where San Diego nature is at a critical juncture – right where the ocean meets our receding coastline.

With mentorship from Nature Collective professionals, your internship can propel you toward an advanced degree – and career – in life science + environmental education.

“It is natural to protect what we love. To fall in love with nature, we need a personal connection.”

ANNIE DUNNE, WILD WISDOM FOUNDATION

Our Internship Programs

Channel your love of nature and science into a rewarding internship program. Choose from the following options – even combine 3 – to focus your efforts on a special project and build an impressive resume.

We offer stipends for our internships.

Adult teaching a child about nature

Education

The Education Internship provides experience facilitating, planning, and developing educational activities and programs in nature-based settings, such as the San Elijo Lagoon. This internship supports school and family learning programs that inspire curiosity, enhance inquiry skills, connect to nature, and empower participants to take action to care for their environmental communities.

Intern planting at San Elijo Lagoon

Habitat Restoration

The Habitat Restoration Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals an opportunity to gain experience in habitat restoration, learning how to operate a plant nursery from seed collection to propagation. In addition, the internship focuses on promoting Nature Collective’s mission and vision through public engagement at community restoration events.

Intern at Nature Collective's plant nursery

Integrated

The Integrated Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals the unique opportunity to gain experience learning over nine months in habitat restoration, land stewardship, water quality and/or the volunteer program.

Photo of habitat restoration sign in the brush along trail

Land Stewardship

The Land Stewardship Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals an opportunity to gain experience in habitat restoration and scientific monitoring activities. In addition, the internship focuses on invasive vegetation control and monitoring.

Intern looking at San Elijo Lagoon

Outreach

The Outreach Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals an opportunity to gain experience in creating social media content to engage with Nature Collective’s audiences, developing outreach materials, and event planning in a nonprofit setting. In addition, the internship focuses on promoting Nature Collective’s mission and vision through social media and outreach events.

Intern at San Elijo Lagoon

Volunteer Program

The Volunteer Program Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals an opportunity to gain experience in engaging the community by providing information to the public on how to enjoy the natural world sustainably. In addition, the internship focuses on promoting Nature Collective’s mission and vision through public engagement, tours, restoration, and events.

Nature Collective intern taking water quality tests

Water Quality

The Water Quality Internship provides enthusiastic and detail-oriented individuals an opportunity to gain experience in monitoring water quality at six different locations in the San Elijo Lagoon. In addition, the internship focus is on promoting Nature Collective’s mission and vision through public engagement at restoration events.

Intern Year-Round at
Nature Collective

Session Start Date End date Duration Accepting Applications
Summer May/June August/September 2-4 months Until April 30
Fall August/September December 3-4.5 months Until July 31
Spring January/February May/June 3-4.5 months Until November 30

Meet Our 2021/2022 Interns

  • Sophia Sibaja

    2022 Habitat Restoration Intern

    Sophia Sibaja

    2022 Habitat Restoration Intern

    Sophia is currently working towards a degree in Biology and looks forward to gaining valuable experience and knowledge in conservation as well as land restoration during her internship.

  • Douglas Churchill

    2022 Land Stewardship

    Douglas Churchill

    2022 Land Stewardship

    Douglas is currently working towards a BS in Environmental Science at San Diego State University and aspires to work in the field of forestry. He looks forward to gaining valuable experience and knowledge in conservation and land restoration.

  • Robert Pavlacka

    2021/22 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Robert Pavlacka

    2021/22 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Robert holds a bachelors in Applied Arts and Sciences from San Diego State University and an associate’s from Southwestern Community College. His interest in marine biology has inspired him to join our Integrated Internship program to learn how to protect our precious lands + waters.

  • Olivia Teague

    2022 Water Quality Intern

    Olivia Teague

    2022 Water Quality Intern

    Olivia is currently working towards a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is excited about the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience through the water quality internship program.

  • Erin Griffin

    2021 Outreach Intern

    Erin Griffin

    2021 Outreach Intern

    Erin holds a bachelor’s in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is excited to use her knowledge of the natural world to drive a passion for nature through community outreach.

  • Ashley Hernandez

    2021 Habitat Restoration Intern

    Ashley Hernandez

    2021 Habitat Restoration Intern

    Ashley is currently studying for her bachelors in Environmental Science at San Diego State University.  She’s on the ground with Nature Collective mentors who are leading Ashley in best practices in conducting community habitat restoration

  • Logan Moore

    2022 Water Quality Intern

    Logan Moore

    2022 Water Quality Intern

    Logan is a student of High Tech High International. He looks forward to exploring the trails in San Elijo Lagoon and learning about protecting our precious waters during his Water Quality Internship.