NHS’s paid internship program, taught as the course ENVMT 476F: Occupational Work Experience in Environmental Management, is now accepting applications for the Fall semester. If you are selected, you will work as a paid intern with one of the 10 partner organizations listed below for 225 hours (an average of 13.25 hours per week) over the duration of the Fall semester (unless otherwise noted), August 22-December 16 (17 weeks). You will also be enrolled in 476F for 3 units, which is a requirement for the Certificate of Achievement in Conservation and Resource Management.

Most of your work for the course and program will be spent with the partner organization under the supervision of their designated employee, who will act as your “boss.” Brad Balukjian (bbalukjian@peralta.edu) is the professor for the course, and you can always come to him with any issues should they arise. In addition to your work for the partner organization, you have some responsibilities for the course: Attend an orientation on campus on 8/22 from 6-6:50 PM and a capstone session on 12/5 from 6-7:20 PM; participate in weekly online check-ins; and complete a summary report.

These internships provide outstanding paid entry-level work in the environmental field. The requirements and pay vary from position to position, so please read each of the descriptions below carefully. Applications are due by May 31, and will be reviewed by Internship Coordinator Brad Balukjian. If interest exceeds the number of positions available, not everyone will be selected. In this case, priority will be given to students who need the class to complete their Certificate of Achievement in Conservation and Resource Management and to the best fit based on application materials. Some positions are only available to priority populations (e.g. low-income) due to restrictions on the funding supporting the positions.

Selections will be announced by June 10. Please note: Selection does not guarantee a position. Once selected, candidates may be interviewed by the partner organization and asked to supply a resumé to ensure the proper fit. Once you have been fully approved, you will be enrolled by Dr. Balukjian into the course ENVMT 476F (which currently appears as “closed” in Campus Solutions).

At the end of the positions listed below you will find the link to the application in Google Forms. Please submit your application by 11:59 PM on May 31. You must be 18 years of age as of 8/22/22 to be eligible unless otherwise indicated.

Available Positions (21 total):

Oakland Parks and Recreation Foundation (1 position, Non-Profit Organization)

Greening Program Internship

Students will learn from an accredited tree specialist on how to select, plant, and care for Oakland’s next generation of street trees. Direct business and analytical skills will be taught throughout the internship, especially as it relates to the creation of new urban forests. Gain arboriculture skills applicable to landscaping, plantscaping, tree planting, tree pruning, tree watering, soil restoration, permaculture, city planning, and much more.

Students considering this post should be prepared to lift weights of 60lb. or more from time to time, usually in the form of large potted trees for planting and various heavy tools. Saturday morning (9am-1pm) tree plantings with volunteer groups once or twice a month will be required. Tree plantings on other days of the week will also take place based on availability.

Compensation for this internship will be $20/hr, paid as a stipend and as a lump sum at the completion of the internship. Qualifying interns must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The ability to use a smart-phone for email, phone calls, and text messaging is required. The use of a car for visiting worksites within East Oakland is suggested for safety and time-saving convenience.

City of Oakland Department of Public Works Environmental Stewardship Division (1 position, Government Agency)

Environmental Stewardship Internship

Join a dynamic team of individuals that are working to improve the environment as part of the Environmental Stewardship Team within the Oakland Public Works Department. The Stewardship Team develops innovative environmental programs and initiatives to engage the public in cleaning up and/or beautifying the City Of Oakland.

As part of this team you will have an opportunity to work on the Coastal Clean-up event for the City of Oakland. This position will require you to have a driver’s license and access to a car and the ability to work some evening and weekend events. The position pays $15.06 per hour.

You will be involved in the planning and implementation of the Coastal Clean-up event, the development of related volunteer resources and public outreach campaigns, and working on GIS projects. As part of our team you will be working closely with staff to perform program planning, research, analysis and development, and will provide assistance to community organizations and volunteers on the day of the event.

Save The Bay (1 position, Non-Profit Organization)

Habitat Restoration Field and Office Fellow Internship

Save The Bay has been working to protect, restore and celebrate the San Francisco Bay for over 60 years. In the face of climate change we work to steer public decision making through community organizing and restore tidal marsh habitat to build a more resilient Bay Area for generations to come. Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Field and Office Fellows receive valuable exposure to skills in restoration ecology, community engagement, and environmental education. Restoration Fellows participate in every part of the restoration cycle and gain experience in native plant propagation, outplanting, invasive species management, native seed collection, as well as assist in our native plant nurseries with sowing, transplanting, divisions, fertilization, culling and general nursery maintenance. Fellows will gain knowledge in the native flora and fauna as they travel to different restoration and collection sites around the Bay. The Fellows also gain experience in development, outreach, and environmental education helping our staff create content for our online education portal, Outdoor Learning Online. Fellows’ office duties center on data entry into the CRM software that the Habitat Restoration Team uses for reporting to site partners and granters. They will also use office time to complete a long-term project of their choosing, approved by their supervisor.

Our team works hard outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. You must be able to lift 40 lbs. Due to COVID-19, fellows must have access to a car they can use to drive to work sites around the Bay (Oakland, Hayward, Novato, Palo Alto, and Redwood City). Commute times may be up to three hours throughout a day. Fellows will be reimbursed for all transportation from their home to the work sites.

This fellowship requires a commitment of 6 months and can be extended to 12 months total. The position is compensated at $15/hour, Part-Time (20 hours per week) in addition to a Home Office Stipend of $75/month and travel reimbursement.

Environmental Science Associates (2 positions, Environmental Consulting Firm)

California Internship

See this flyer for details. The position pays $22/hour; a laptop will be provided; please also see their COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The Nature Conservancy (4 positions, Non-Profit Organization)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. TNC will be offering three internship positions in Fall 2022, one on the Stewardship Team, one on the Science Team, one on the Conservation Technology Team, and one on the Science and Climate Team.

Science and Climate Team Internship

The Nature Conservancy (TNC), California set a goal to reduce net emissions and increase sequestration by 720,000 metric tons of CO2 cumulatively on their fee lands by 2030. This intern position would investigate which nature-based activities are most likely to be: 1) feasible and 2) aligned with conservation values on TNC properties and conservation easements. The intern would work with the TNC Science and Climate Team (Kristen Wilson, Dick Cameron, and Michelle Passero) who identified possible activities specific to each property, the CO2 reduction potential, and the cost of the activities. The intern would gather information on feasibility and alignment of activities with conservation values from the TNC Stewardship Team, the group that manages the properties and easements. The approach could be individual interviews, survey, workshop, or another method and will be determined by the TNC teams and intern at the beginning of the internship. The goal of the intern project is to have a better understanding of which emissions reduction and increased sequestration activities are the most promising to pursue on TNC properties to reach the CO2 2030 goal.

This position pays a stipend of $3,500 ($15.56 per hour) and vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

Stewardship and Restoration Team Internship

The Stewardship and Restoration Team is seeking an intern to conduct an assessment of the conservation holdings of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in California.  TNC currently owns, manages and monitors nearly half a million acres of land in California.  These holdings represent the enormous breadth of land-use in California – from pristine wilderness to working ranches and farms. The intern will join TNC’s science team to evaluate the activities possible on these lands (e.g. research, management, etc.) and compile some basic environmental data (e.g. vegetation communities, freshwater habitat, conservation targets). This work will likely require evaluation of easements and easement terms, deed restrictions and some interviewing of stewardship and other staff. The intern should have some geospatial skills and a keen eye for reviewing documents and distilling information into a useable form (e.g. spreadsheet, word documents, geodatabase). This work will provide a foundation for understanding how and where TNC can use our properties to develop and test conservation solutions across California and beyond in the face of climate change. This work will help TNC better understand how TNC holdings can provide a secure network across California so species have room to roam and adapt to climate change, and where restoration can accelerate and transform our preserves into world-class living laboratories for conservation innovation.

Science Team Internship

The Science Team cares deeply about our work and we are excited to host an intern to help foster the next generation of environmental practitioners. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked if we could pull together all available literature and data for the Santa Ana to Palomar Mountains Linkage and develop a summary report.  They would like to do this for all important linkage so this could be a “model” for use elsewhere. This process could also be used to ID data gaps.

This position pays a stipend of $3,500 ($15.56 per hour) and vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

Conservation Technology Team

TNC California owns and manages land distributed across 120 properties. In addition to important biodiversity and habitat located on these properties are myriad elements of infrastructure that TNC owns and manages, such as buildings, parking lots, kiosks, water delivery structures, trails and fences. TNC has mapped these infrastructure features, in GIS, to varying degrees. But our data aren’t standardized, nor are they centralized – this makes it difficult to analyze the information and use it for decision making, management and reporting. The goal of this work is to help manage Stewardship’s new statewide “Infrastructure & Assets” GIS data layer.

We have developed a new standardized and centralized data structure, but currently it’s an empty template – our task is to gather all the disparate infrastructure datasets and append them into the new single centralized format (in some cases we may need to digitize new infrastructure features).

Because this is a geospatial dataset, we’re looking for someone who has some experience with GIS (e.g. an intro class + some experience using GIS software).

This position pays a stipend of $3,500 ($15.56 per hour) and vaccination against COVID-19 is required.

The Watershed Project (1 position, Non-Profit Organization)

 Green Collar Corps Internship

The Watershed Project (TWP) is a nonprofit organization based in Richmond, California whose mission is to inspire Bay Area communities to understand, appreciate and protect our local watersheds. Along with our many community and local group partners, through educating, community organizing, restoring creeks, shorelines, and native plant communities, and implementing vital green infrastructure projects, TWP is committed to building environmental resiliency and equity in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Watershed Project’s Green Collar Corps (GCC) program provides paid job training and part-time employment for youth and young adults (17-24 years old) in Richmond, San Pablo, and Oakland. The program’s goal is to support personal and professional growth for local young people, especially those who are underrepresented in the environmental field (such as Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color) and who cannot afford to take an unpaid internship opportunity.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading outdoor field trips and in-class lessons with K-12th grade students.
  • Installing green schoolyard features such as rainwater cisterns, trees, plants, and artwork on elementary school campuses in Oakland and San Francisco.
  • Stewardship of community green spaces, including weeding, planting, watering, and spreading mulch.
  • Participating in creek and shoreline trash cleanup events.
  • Conducting water quality monitoring in creeks throughout Contra Costa County.
  • Community outreach and participation in community events.
  • Website and social media communications, writing articles for the email newsletter.
  • Support evaluation of K-12th grade education programs and community events.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess some of the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • Interest and/or experience working with K-12th grade students.
  • Enjoy physical outdoor field work such as gardening.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a big plus.
  • Flexibility, enthusiasm, dependability, and the ability to work effectively with many different types of people.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team and to take individual responsibility.
  • Familiarity with or ability to learn computer applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite.

In order to adhere to our grant requirements and work toward our goal of increasing equitable access to employment in the environmental field, GCC members must meet at least one of the requirements listed below:

Physical Requirements

  • Fingerprinting, TB test, and proof of COVID-19 vaccination required after hire.
  • A reliable method of transportation to TWP’s office and field sites in West Contra Costa County and Oakland.
  • Work involves walking on uneven or muddy terrain. Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment and Values

Work is performed in an outdoor and office setting. Office location is at the Richmond Field Station in Richmond, CA, with field sites primarily in West Contra Costa County and Oakland. Some tasks may be performed remotely.


This is a part-time hourly position with a salary of $17 per hour. GCC members are generally expected to work ~12-16 hours per week, with a flexible schedule designed to accommodate college courses. GCC members joining TWP through Merritt College’s Fall Internship Program will have the option of continuing their paid internship for at least a full academic year to gain more in-depth experience and leadership opportunities.

East Bay Regional Park District Operations (2 positions, Government Agency)

 Student Internship

The 2022 internship will be exploring native plant restoration over multiple plots in Tilden Park, and will expose potential interns to planting methods, irrigation, pest and deer protection, BMP weeding with focus on invasive plant ID and maintenance. The intern will learn about managing sudden oak death, monocultures, invasive competition and the effects of human activity.

A second position will be located in a park to be determined. Job requirements include: Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain positive and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work at all levels, including a culturally diverse general public, with a focus on quality service to internal and external customers. Ability to perform basic mathematical computations. Ability to work outside and under adverse working conditions. Ability to follow written and oral instructions. Ability to operate the use of office equipment, such as a personal computer.

Students must have access to a car and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Pay is to be determined.

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (4 positions, Educational Institution)

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) connects the power of UC research in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, and youth development with local communities to improve the lives of all Californians. Student internships are one of the ways UC ANR connects UC with the people. For us, internships are a form of experiential education offered to college students to provide practical skills development, related training, and work experience. Interns will have the opportunity to work with county-based UC ANR staff throughout the Bay Area. We are offering 4 internship opportunities – see below. Click on the title below to FIND OUT more about the internship as well as the contact person.


18 Reasons (2 Positions, Non-Profit Organization)


See this flyer for details. Position pays $20 per hour.

Oakland Unified School District Central Kitchen (3 Positions, Educational Institution)

Elementary School Internship, 2 positions

See this flyer for details. Position pays $20 per hour.

Preschool Internship, 1 position

See this flyer for details. Position pays $20 per hour.


To apply to any of the positions above, please click here to fill out the Fall NHS Internship Application.