Becoming an intern is one of the best ways to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, while earning class credit and learning valuable skills. During the school year we offer various internships to interested individuals—ranging from Museum-based work with tours and education kits to working in the field at Neary Lagoon or Morgan Preserve, leading outdoor education programs. 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.
Please fill out this application, with a resume. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Year Internships
Museum Field Programs Intern-Interns help lead school tours through the Neary Lagoon wetlands. This is an outdoor, experiential program that gets kids interested in local wetlands and watersheds, while educating them on the delicate balance of our water systems. The intern will mainly work outside with education staff leading tours at Neary Lagoon. Other duties will include delivering classroom presentations and helping to maintain and develop curriculum.
School Tours Intern—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.
Families in Nature (FIN)- Help coordinate our summer programs: contact local businesses for sponsorships, arrange craft activities, help promote the programs, and prepare the stage for our five big Saturday events at the Museum.
‘On-the-spot’ Interpretation Intern—Ever look out across the bay and wonder what lies before you? This intern will help interpret the natural surroundings of the Museum area with a spotting scope, binoculars, and field guides.
Communications Intern- This Intern will assist in publicizing museum events, developing social media, and managing volunteers. Tasks may include maintaining website information, creating and distributing posters and publications, photographing special events, and networking within social media websites. This Internship’s weekly schedule is flexible, usually between 10am and 5pm, and may include some Saturday shifts.
Hosting Interpretation Intern—Our Museum Hosts help bring the Museum alive! Interpret the bees, tidepool tank and Ohlone room by engaging visitors with hands-on artifacts and supplemental information. This Intern will also mentor new docent hosts and create new interpretation materials.
Education Kits Intern—Intern with our MERL (Museum Education Resource Loan) program, developing and updating our kits with interactive activities that help children and students learn about natural history. Plants, birds, fossils, bees, and more.
Garden Intern—How would you like to work in a native pollinator garden? The Museum seeks an intern who can help maintain the garden with planting, weeding, and watering. Help us develop interpretive displays for the public, or create a native pollinator garden ‘tour’.