Do you want to help out our ocean, coastline, marine life and community? Orange County Coastkeeper offers a wide selection of volunteer and internship opportunities throughout the year. Activities can range from coordinating a beach cleanup and collecting water quality samples, to community outreach and film production. Keep a lookout on this page or join our mailing list to hear about upcoming volunteer opportunities, or how to become intern.
The Coastkeeper volunteer internship is extensive and fulfilling where volunteers get to learn and grow more than a typical internship opportunity. A Coastkeeper intern will gain experience that will further your education or career search, and provide a high profile reference for resumes and job applications. As such, the expectations and responsibilities for interns are similar to those found in a standard job setting. The minimum commitment for an official internship is 100 hours. All positions are unpaid, and we encourage student applicants to receive school credit for their hours.
- Film & Media Production Internship
Coastkeeper’s film and media production internship program offers students real work experience in a professional environment, and the opportunity to build your reel while assisting a non-profit to convey its mission. While interning at Coastkeeper, film students will help our organization stay relevant and up-to-date by researching and investigating issues, developing stories, filming interviews and events, editing content, and assisting with website updates.Student must have strong writing and storytelling skills, ability to use camera equipment and editing software. Being able to provide your own equipment and software is highly desirable. Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver, and WordPress are also desired. To be considered for a 100-hour, unpaid intern position, please fill out this application and send it along with your resume to Pamela.
- Advocacy and Research Internship
Interning with an environmental non-profit like Coastkeeper can open doors by providing experience to college students and individuals pursuing new career paths. Much of our work relies on strong research skills to support our advocacy efforts. Environmental policy is how we are able to protect our coast and waterways. As an advocacy and research intern, you may focus on a specific project that is timely and piques your interest, or you could delve into a variety of tasks throughout your time with us. You might work in areas such as scientific research, campaigns, event planning, MPA Watch and maintaining the Coastkeeper Garden. To be considered for a 100-hour, unpaid intern position, please fill out this application and send it along with your resume to Ray. Applications for winter 2014 will be accepted until November 8, 2013.
- Communications Internship
Orange County Coastkeeper’s communications department is seeking a talented individual to help with all matters related to communications and marketing. Interns will get to assist with website management, social media, writing press releases, researching newsletter articles, and attend outreach events, which provide an opportunity to network within the OC environmental community. This is a great opportunity for multi-media savvy students to build their portfolio. This internship will benefit any student who wants a career in communications or PR for non-profits.
Applicants must have strong communications, research and writing skills; environmental studies background is desirable. Desired skills include knowledge of WordPress, Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop and email marketing programs. To be considered for this internship opportunity, please fill out this application and send it along with your resume to Pamela or call 714-850-1965 for more information.
- Environmental Education Internship
This internship gives students interested in teaching environmental education real experience working with K-12 students. Interns will assist Coastkeeper’s education team with in-class presentations, preparing teaching materials, go on field trips where you teach students about their local watershed and how to test water quality, etc. To be considered for a 100-hour, unpaid intern position, please fill out this application and send it along with your resume to Dyana. Applications for winter 2014 will be accepted until November 8, 2013.
- Restoration Internship
This internship program is one of the most competitive for our organization. Space in this program is very limited since major restoration events take place 2 – 3 times a year, but ongoing surveys take place monthly. Interns will learn about the long processes of grant writing, fundraising, researching and permitting associated with habitat restoration activities. Current restoration projects include eelgrass, native oyster and green abalone. All applicants for the restoration internship must be SCUBA certified; AAUS certification is preferred. To be considered for an unpaid intern position, please fill out this application and send it along with your resume to Amanda.
- Law & Policy Clinic
This competitive legal internship program with the Coastkeeper Legal Department has the hopes of training the next generation of environmental attorneys by providing “real-world” experience in the field of environmental advocacy. Through this semester long internship, law students learn the intricacies of environmental law and how local, state, and federal regulations impact the environment and the people who rely and enjoy our beautiful inland and coastal areas.
Please submit your Application, a resume, and a brief writing sample to our Staff Attorney.