Shaping Our Next
Generation’s Leaders

The Sage Internship

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 the personal connection of our senses – we need to be physically involved.”

Ann Dunne, Founder of Sage Environmental Internship Program

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 $1000 – $5000 for our internship programs.

Community Habitat Restoration

Learn how to operate a native plant nursery, from seed collection to propagation. You also experience how volunteer-based native-habitat restoration and invasive species control works.

Applicants must be available Wednesdays 9 am–12:30 pm and 3rd Saturdays 8 am–1 pm.

volunteer leader helps young student on field trip at San Elijo Lagoon

Conservation Education

Let trained educators take you under their wing! With Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the focus, you learn how to enhance K–12 students’ field trips, from asking creativity-prompting questions to discovering nature.

Applicants must be available a minimum of two weekdays (Tuesday–Friday) 8:30 am–12:30 pm.

Photo of habitat restoration sign in the brush along trail

Land Management

Conduct vegetation surveys, understand photo monitoring, and dive into resource mapping. With Nature Collective, you learn land management techniques, such as maintaining fee titles + conservation easements.

Summer session only. Applicants must be available 30 hours/week.

Trail Monitoring

Discover trail maintenance + design techniques from our staff biologists and educators. Learn how to maintain and place wildlife cameras, trail counters, and even how to manage + analyze the data.

Applicants must be comfortable performing challenging work in outdoor conditions.

Meet Our Past 2020 Sage Interns

  • Amy Arsenault

    2019/2020 Integrated Intern Education | Trails | Volunteer

    Amy Arsenault

    2019/2020 Integrated Intern Education | Trails | Volunteer

    Amy obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), where she focused on California’s native plants and peoples. This research assisted her in helping design and install the native plants habitat in the CSUSM Community Ethnobotany garden. She is very excited to help students learn about the local environment and the native population.

  • Linden Amundsen

    2019/2020 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship | Volunteer | Trails

    Linden Amundsen

    2019/2020 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship | Volunteer | Trails

    Linden holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Soka University of America, in California. While pursuing her degree she carried out research on preserving wildlands and acted as Communications Chair of a Climate Reality Corps Campus Chapter. She’s on the ground with Nature Collective mentors who are leading Linden in best practices in conducting community habitat restoration. She will next switch focus to conducting water quality and land stewardship.

  • Emerson Peluso

    2020 Trail Monitoring

    Emerson Peluso

    2020 Trail Monitoring

    Emerson is currently a student at California State University San Marcos University and is pursuing a bachelors in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography. He looks forward to assisting with restoration efforts to improve the native flora and fauna in San Elijo Lagoon.

  • Hannah Bigelbach

    2020 Education

    Hannah Bigelbach

    2020 Education

    Hannah has recently completed her bachelors in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos. She is excited to assist with our education programs to help students of all ages experience nature.

  • Garret Bishop

    2020 Water Quality

    Garret Bishop

    2020 Water Quality

    Garret looks forward to getting out to enjoy the beautiful San Elijo Lagoon while collecting his data for water quality analysis. He is currently studying at Mira Costa College and hopes to continue his education in biological studies.

  • Max Gibson

    2020 Data Science

    Max Gibson

    2020 Data Science

    Max will be learning how to use computational skills to analyze data from our field studies. He recently graduated from San Dieguito Academy and hopes to study Environmental Science with a focus on Climatology/Atmospheric Science when he attends college.

Intern Year-Round at
the Nature Collective

All internship opportunities are currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, our hope is that opportunities will become available 2021. Please check back frequently for updates.

All programs require 10–12 hours/week, except Land Management, which requires 30 hours/week.

Session Start Date End date Duration Accepting Applications
Fall 2021 Mid-August 2021 December 2021 4.5 months June 15 – August 1, 2021

Apply to Kickstart Your
Conservation Career

You never know where an internship with the Nature Collective might take you!