Internships

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Come join our family at the Museum!

We seek motivated individuals who are ready to get their hands dirty, and work in a dynamic environment with staff, volunteers, and other interns. If you have specific interests or projects for the Museum, let us know. Below is a list of internships we offer at various times throughout the year. Apply online today!

DSCN0605On the Spot – Coastal Stewardship Program Internship

Interns with our summer On the Spot program will lead teams of docents at pop-up spotting scope stations overlooking Seabright Beach and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. These teams will engage beach-goers in conversation about the natural history of the local coastline. Interns should have a basic knowledge of and eagerness to learn more about marine mammals, seabirds, coastal geology, and the human visitors to Seabright Beach.  Applicants must have experience with public speaking and enjoy interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. Must be available 4-8 hours/week, 12:30-4:30pm on Thursdays and/or Saturdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Volunteer Program Internship

Interns will help with volunteer program administration, scheduling, enrichment, and recognition. Duties might include: creating forms and website content, updating a volunteer handbook, updating the volunteer filing system, assisting with volunteer recruitment, and preparing training materials. Must be available at least 4 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Watershed Program Internship

Interns help lead school tours through the Neary Lagoon wetlands. This outdoor, experiential program gets kids interested in our local watershed, while educating them on the delicate balance of our water systems. Interns will work outdoors with education staff leading small groups of 5th graders in field trip activities. Other duties may include delivering classroom presentations and helping to maintain and develop curriculum and supplies. Must be available at least one weekday morning each week from 8:30am-12:30pm throughout the school year.

Wetland Program Internship

Interns help lead school tours through the Neary Lagoon wetlands. This outdoor, experiential program educates students about wetlands and the birds who inhabit Neary Lagoon. Interns will work outdoors with education staff leading small groups of 3rd graders in field trip activities. Other duties may include delivering classroom presentations and helping to maintain and develop curriculum and supplies. Must be available at least one weekday morning each week from 8:30am-12:30pm throughout the school year.

Pogonip Programs Internship

Interns help lead school tours through the Pogonip open space. Interns will work outdoors with education staff leading small groups of students in field trip activities. Other duties may include delivering classroom presentations and helping to maintain and develop curriculum and supplies. Must be available at least one weekday morning each week from 8:30am-12:30pm throughout the school year.

Art of Nature School Program Internship

Interns lead school tours about scientific illustration during the Museum’s annual Art of Nature exhibit. This program teaches students about the tools and techniques of scientific illustrators. In addition to leading these morning tours, school program interns may help develop curriculum, prepare materials, and report on program achievements. Applicants be available at least two weekday mornings each week from March-June.

Public Programs Internship

Interns will help coordinate, prepare, promote, and host public programs at the Museum. Programs may include Naturalist Nights, outreach events, guided hikes, special workshops, docent trainings, and enrichment events. Must be available at least 8 hours/month at variable times for a minimum of 5 months.

Garden Internship

Must be available Thursday mornings from 9:00am-noon for a minimum of 4 months. Interns will work with fellow garden volunteers to tend the Museum’s native plant garden. The internship will involve both outdoor and indoor responsibilities including weeding, planting, pruning, plant identification and signage, volunteer support, and the development of content for the Museum website.

Communications Internship (Year-round)

Communications interns help promote our programs, news, and events throughout the community. These interns must be savvy with the latest trends in social media, have an interest in marketing and public relations, and have excellent verbal skills. Graphic and web design skills are a plus. Tasks may include creating or posting flyers and advertisements, updating online calendars, updating the Museum website, and documenting Museum happenings on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Hours are flexible, but a minimum of 2 hours per week is required for a minimum of 6 months.

 

Ohlone School Program Internship (Fall/Winter)

Interns help lead school tours focused on the history of the native people of Santa Cruz. This tour teaches students about the everyday aspects of the Ohlone people’s lives using authentic artifacts and student participation. The intern will mainly work inside the museum with staff and trained docents. Other duties will include helping to maintain and develop curriculum and working on other museum-based tour programs.

 

summer internsApply Today

Please fill out this application and email a copy of your current resume.

Send resumes and any questions to volunteer@santacruzmuseum.org.