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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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet Our 2021 Sage Interns

  • Garret Bishop

    2020/21 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Garret Bishop

    2020/21 Integrated Internship: Habitat Restoration | Water Quality | Land Stewardship

    Garret is currently studying for his bachelors in Ecology at California State University San Marcos.  He looks forward to continue learning about the native flora and fauna in San Elijo Lagoon while completing his Integrated Internship.

  • Eveny Mendoza

    2021 Volunteer Intern

    Eveny Mendoza

    2021 Volunteer Intern

    Eveny has been involved with Nature Collective since middle school and this summer she provided support to the Volunteer Program by assisting with our Virtual Connections series. She is currently double majoring in History and Environmental Studies at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

  • 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.

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
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!