Internships

UCSC Campus Natural Reserve Continuous Forest Inventory (CFI Fall 2015) interns measure tree growth rates.

"Through my experience on the reserve, I learned of my passion for field work. I am excited to say this internship has made me realize how much I really enjoy being out in the field and learning through hands-on teaching methods."

- FERP Intern, Freshman, Spring 2018

CNR intern observes tree growth rings in core sampleEach university quarter, UCSC undergraduates from a variety of majors intern with UC Santa Cruz Campus Natural Reserve staff. The UCSC Environmental Studies Internship Office and additional agencies across campus facilitate the ability for students to earn credit for taking part in our offerings. Students range from first-quarter freshman to graduating seniors and each spends between 6 and 15 hours a week working on a variety of projects on the reserve. Reserve staff and paid student crew leaders lead interns in a wide variety of field-based research and hands-on-learning experiences in and around our 409-acre Reserve; a unique living laboratory and outdoor classroom.

 

UCSC Campus Natural Reserve Internships - Winter 2021

NOTICE: We will only be offering remote internships for Winter 2021. In solidarity with public health!

An average of 6 hours per week of internship work will earn you 2-credits through the  ENVS Internship Office (see their website for other internship requirements beyond the 6-hour requirement). [In non-COVID times: Our internships require a sense of adventure and willingness and ability to work off-trail in sometimes challenging terrain. Poison oak is abundant, and though we provide coverall suits, gloves, and Technu, participation isn’t recommended if you know you are highly sensitive to poison oak.] See internship descriptions below for directons on how to apply. All Undergraduate UCSC students, regardless of major, are welcome to apply. Please contact us with your questions!

 

REMOTE INTERNSHIPS

Rare species info guide: Apply here
This internship features an outdoor component and an indoor component.
Outdoors: Develop skills of natural history observation through field journaling exercises at a location near your home. Using field journal prompts, initially, you will dive into the use of a field journal as a way to deepen your connection to place, build identification skills, and practice inquiry.
Indoors:  Conduct literature and reputable website research on UCSC's rare plant and animal species with the goal of creating pdf fact sheets to be posted on the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve and Ken Norris Center for Natural History websites. (These fact sheets will later be modified into a formatted information guide to UCSC's rare species, but not this winter). After searching reputable agency websites, gray literature and peer-reviewed literature, you will compile and write information on the natural history, identification characteristics, regulatory status, what we know about the species from recent peer-reviewed literature, and distribution and status on the UCSC campus.
Weekly Zoom meetings focus on building and supporting a community of naturalists, troubleshooting research and formatting issues, and short natural history presentations from the Agency Sponsor and interns.

Podcast internshipApply here

This internship features an outdoor component and an indoor component.
Outdoors: Develop skills of natural history observation through field journaling exercises at a location near your home. Using field journal prompts, initially, you will dive into the use of a field journal as a way to deepen your connection to place, build identification skills, and practice inquiry.
Indoors:  Produce podcast episodes exploring intersections of people and nature. This will entail making some audio field recordings, conducting interviews via Zoom, writing and recording narration, and learning basic audio editing using Audacity, an open-source software, to produce final products. Tutorials and mentorship provided! Listen to our Spring Quarter 2020 podcast, Sheltered Spring, at any of the following links: Spotify, Google Play, Apple Podcast, Anchor. We will determine a theme for Winter Quarter's podcast as a group at the start of the Quarter. 
Weekly Zoom meetings focus on building and supporting a community of naturalists, training on the technical aspects of audio editing, and creative production work as a group.

Natural History practice/Photo and video library catalogingApply here

This internship features an outdoor component and an indoor component.
Outdoors: Develop skills of natural history observation through field journaling exercises at a location near your home. Using field journal prompts, initially, you will dive into the use of a field journal as a way to deepen your connection to place, build identification skills, and practice inquiry.
Indoors: For the indoor portion of the internship, you will use Adobe Bridge (free software) to tag a variety of Campus Natural Reserve photos and videos depicting plants and wildlife. You will use iNaturalist and other resources to assist you in identification of the organisms depicted in the photos.
Weekly Zoom meetings focus on building and supporting a community of naturalists, troubleshooting photo/video tagging issues, and short natural history presentations from the Agency Sponsor and interns. 

No IN-PERSON FIELD INTERNSHIPS WILL OCCUR IN WINTER 2021 DUE TO COVID-19 

 

Additional Opportunities

In addition to our official offerings each quarter, we help students to design their own projects on the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve. Prospective applicants can contact our office with experiment, project, and thesis ideas. These opportunities are generally set up one or more quarters in advance, so that reserve staff can set aside appropriate time and resources. Select major programs allow for this work to apply toward degree credit. Contact our office for more details.