Intern with EAC!

Marin Marine Protected Area (MPA) Watch Program

About

Become a coastal advocate by interning with the Marin MPA Watch volunteer team. Marin MPA Watch trains volunteers to observe and collect unbiased data on coastal and marine resource use. Data is used to inform the management, enforcement, and science of California's marine protected areas (MPAs) and allow us to see how human uses are changing as a result of MPA implementation.

Interns learn about the coastal environment, become "community scientists" and stewards of the area, while monitoring data that would not be possible under the current state budget.

Marin MPA Watch interns will assist EAC staff with coordinating, managing and conducing volunteer trainings, working with partners (California Academy of Sciences, Point Reyes National Seashore, and Golden Gate MPA Collaborative) to manage our field cameras, assist with report visualizations, and attend public workshops and events throughout the Bay Area to help provide education and outreach about California's unique network of Marine Protected Areas! In addition, our summer interns complete a capstone project related to MPAs. Projects in the past have included marine debris awareness through community outreach and an art show. Unfortunately, the internships are typically unpaid. In limited cases, we may be able to offer a small stipend. You also may be eligible for funding through your school, as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to apply.

  • Summer internships (June - September): Applications must be submitted by May 31st.

  • Fall and Winter internships (September - March):
    Applications must be submitted by August 31st.

  • We may also consider applications on a rolling basis.

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 "I had an incredible experience interning with the Marin MPA Watch this summer. I loved the fact that I was able to help to explain the importance of marine protected areas and share my appreciation of our coast with the public. I am so happy to have been part of a citizen science program as I believe that citizen science is one of the best ways to allow volunteers to support greater environmental causes in a tangible way. Additionally, I enjoyed working with the West Marin EAC and witnessing how partnerships with like-minded organizations, such as the CA Academy of Sciences and the NPS can make a program like MPA Watch flourish. Finally, Morgan and Amy were amazing mentors and worked hard to allow us interns to be integral parts the Marin MPA Watch team."

- Geneva Gondak, University of Pennsylvania, 2015 summer intern.
 


Policy and Legal Internships

ABOUT

Learn about grassroots environmental activism by becoming a EAC legal or policy intern. Our interns work directly with our Conservation Director and Executive Director on the most pressing environmental issues facing West Marin's lands, waters, and biodiversity. Through this internship you may assist with legal and policy related research, draft comment letters, attend public workshops and meetings, create presentations, and develop contacts with local, regional, state, and federal partners and agencies who oversee or manage environmental resources in West Marin. Interns will work from our offices in Point Reyes Station, but some work can be done remotely. Unfortunately, the internships are typically unpaid. In limited cases, we may be able to offer a small stipend. You also may be eligible for funding through your school, as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

TO APPLY

Submit a cover letter, resume and references via email to apply.

  • Summer Internships
    Approx. May/June - August/September
    Applications must be submitted by March 31st.

  • Fall and Winter Internships
    Approx. September - late Winter/early Spring
    Applications must be submitted by August 31st.

  • We may also consider applications on a rolling basis.

    Working with EAC was a great experience that lent insight to how effective community advocacy should be done. Every single person at EAC is passionate about protecting Marin’s unique ecosystems and resources for the good of the community. This became evident early on in my internship by the sheer number of community members that stopped by simply to say “Hi,” or that wanted to check in about a particular issue or event. EAC clearly has had an important impact in the community and is an important player in the conservation efforts around Marin. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with EAC, and am looking forward to seeing how they continue to grow.

    - Lindsay, UC Berkeley, 2019 Legal Intern

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I have learned so much from my short time at EAC, and have been honored to work with such a supportive, inspiring, and ambitious group. The projects I worked on will ensure the future protections of the Point Reyes National Seashore, and the hands-on experience gained from collaborating with Marin County to develop new programs will support my career for years to come. I will truly miss the team. Thank you EAC family!
- Courtney Bloodgood, UC Davis, 2019 Legal Intern

"As a future student of law, I embraced the opportunity to work on local legislation and gain deeper insight into the functioning of a stable, community-supported non-profit. I would recommend EAC without hesitation as an internship placement, volunteer opportunity, or donation preference because of their historical and continued commitment to engaging in environmental issues in and around West Marin."

- Liza Sternik, currently pursuing a law degree at USF, 2017 Policy Intern

"EAC exists at a very exciting intersection of policy and community. As a legal and policy intern for the summer of 2018.... My role allowed me to dig deep into issues that are currently impacting members of the community and seek out answers to legal questions. I really appreciate the time that EAC’s staff took to help me gain deeper insight into the effect of environmental law and policy on both the health of the planet and the people who live there."

- Sophie Kaineg, UC Hastings, 2018 Legal Intern


Volunteer Your Skills & Time

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As a small nonprofit working to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin, each dollar is important for our efforts to continue. Your volunteer or pro bono support could make a huge difference.

Do you have a special skill, or time on your hands to help forward our mission and outreach. Whether you want to assist our office operations, help at an event, or have specialized communication, design, marketing, or other technical skills to provide, we need your help. Donating your time and services is a great way to give back, get involved and build an environmental legacy for West Marin’s future.

Send us an email with your skills and availability, or specific interest in our work, and we will get back to you to see how we can partner for the cause.