Internships

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.

Two people measuring water quality in a stream

Water Quality

Gain experience with valuable skills, like data analysis + database management! Conduct water quality sampling, and understand how to maintain + calibrate collection devices.

Applicants must be available at 6 am 1x/week for pre-photosynthesis water quality sampling.

Meet Our 2019 Sage Interns

  • Koby Nguyen

    2019 Water Quality

    Koby Nguyen

    2019 Water Quality

    Koby is a Bay Area native in his third year at the University of California, San Diego, where he is studying Environmental Systems/Ecology, Behavior & Evolution. Prior to this internship, he gained field work experience interning at NOAA Fisheries in Santa Cruz. Koby enjoys working in the field and is grateful for the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience through the water quality internship program.

  • Domenique Buchanan

    2019 Education

    Domenique Buchanan

    2019 Education

    Domenique graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Social Science with an Environmental Emphasis. While teaching English in Inner Mongolia, China, she set up a school recycling program, which combined her love of teaching with her passion for the environment. Domenique taught her students the benefits of recycling and not wasting food, energy, and water.

  • Isaac Vallejo

    2019 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Isaac Vallejo

    2019 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Isaac Vallejo is a Master’s student at California State University, San Marcos, where he is studying Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Ecology. He’s on the ground with Nature Collective mentors who are leading Isaac in best practices in conducting community habitat restoration. He will next switch focus to conducting water quality and land stewardship. As Isaac grows in his experiences, he reflects on how it shapes his Master’s thesis about the Brazilian tropical savanna, part of which is in the Pantanal, the largest naturally occurring wetland in the world.

  • Gianni Denson

    2016-2019 Trail Monitoring

    Gianni Denson

    2016-2019 Trail Monitoring

    Gianni attends San Dieguito Academy and is a third-generation Californian. Gianni hopes to experience hands-on lagoon water quality and fish monitoring and to be of service for years to come. He is forming his goals in a science career and is excited to learn more as he helps care for his beloved wetland.

Intern Year-Round at
the Nature Collective

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

Session Start Date End date Duration Accepting Applications
Spring 2019 Begins January 2019 Mid May 2019 4.5 months Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2019
Summer 2019 Mid-May 2019 Mid-August 2019 3 months March 15 – May 1, 2019
Fall 2019 Mid-August 2019 December 2019 4.5 months June 15 – August 1, 2019

Apply to Kickstart Your
Conservation Career

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