Internships, Apprenticeships, Volunteer, and Summer Study Opportunities

Convervation and Ecology

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Internship Title: Extensive Variety of Internships Available
Terms and description of Internship:
WRV engages thousands of volunteers in over sixty land stewardship projects each year, completing a wide variety of high priority habitat restoration and conservation work throughout Colorado and southern Wyoming. Our projects are led almost entirely by volunteers.  We have an extensive leadership training program, which provides important skills needed to lead our projects. These skills are transferable to many other areas of life, and provide a basis for empowered engagement in conservation issues. A range of terms are available, see website for more information.
Learn more at:
https://www.wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=1092

Nature Conservancy

Internship Title: Diversity Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Every summer, The Nature Conservancy hires students to fill over forty paid internship positions during a 10-week internship. These positions are available throughout the country and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the work being done in the world of conservation to promote a healthy, sustainable planet. Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university to apply.
Contact name, number and email: http://www.nature.org/about-us/careers/index.htm

Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Internship Title: Animal Care Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
An internship at Greenwood provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with many different wildlife species. Interns will learn skills such as handling techniques, cleaning and sterilization procedures, habitat enrichment, diets, food preparation, and feeding methods, and will assist experienced rehab staff with treatment procedures. Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions available. 20-40 hour weeks, and ability to work weekends required.
Contact name, number and email: ; See website for more details.

City of Boulder Parks and Open Space

Internship Title: Stewardship Program
Terms and description of Internship:
The Stewardship Program provides opportunities for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to learn about and care for Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks through learning in service. OSMP volunteer coordinators will work with groups to create a specialized service experience that is tailored to interests. Staff teaches history, management practices and safety in the field with instruction on tool use. Projects Offered: Seed Collections, Agriculture Property Clean – Up, Cattle Fence Deconstructions, Trail Building for New and Rerouted Trails, Integrated Pest Management – Invasive Weed Pull, Irrigation Structure Maintenance, Assisting Forestry Crew in the Foothills, etc.
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Boulder County Open Space

Internship Title: Parks, Environment, Gardening, and Agriculture
Terms and description of Internship:
Boulder County Open Space department offers a host of unpaid internships from wildlands seed collection, tour guides, trail crews, to nature writers.
Contact name, number and email: , 303-678-6216. See website for more details.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Internship Title: Summer Internship Program
Terms and description of Internship: Are you interested in a summer of challenging new experiences? Do you like people and nature? Rocky Mountain National Park has opportunities available for those who want to learn, experience some of the most spectacular scenery in the nation, and help park visitors understand and appreciate the park's natural and cultural resources.
Contact name, number and email: Sue Langdon-Internship Coordinator, 970-586-1358. See website for more details.

Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center

Internship Title: Summer Land Crew Volunteers
Terms and description of Internship:
These positions are involved in the maintenance of the physical landscape including the gardens, trails and roads at Shambhala Mountain Center. A climate of ecological consciousness is encouraged thus interest in sustainability or natural resource management is preferred. Requirements include the ability to work full, physical days at high altitude, a team orientation and an interest in gardening or landscaping. Actual landscaping or gardening skills are preferred but not necessary.
Contact name, number and email: See website for current contact info.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Internship Title: Horticulture and Research Volunteers
Terms and description of Internship:
Help keep the Gardens beautiful! Our York Street horticulture team is looking for volunteers to assist with garden maintenance; performing tasks such as weeding, mulching, planting and watering.  Volunteering with our horticulturalists is a great way to meet new people and improve your knowledge of plants, while providing an invaluable service to the community.
Contact name, number and email: See website for more details.

Smithsonian Gardens

Internship Title: Smithsonian Garden Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
The Smithsonian Gardens provides an exceptionally well-rounded array of experiences in its intern program thanks to the wide diversity of services it offers to the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum complex. Interns will learn skills in a broad range of horticultural endeavors from SI's expert professional staff and can provide a strong practical background to emerging professionals hoping to enter the public gardening world.
Contact name, number and email: ; 202-633-5840.

Sustainable Agriculture 

Oxford Gardens

Internship Title: Farm Volunteer with Summer Long Possibility
Terms and description of Internship:
Oxford Gardens offers opportunities for volunteers to come to the field to work, learn and enjoy. Volunteers always leave with plenty of fresh vegetables and the satisfaction of having connected with the earth and its fruit.
Contact name, number and email: Peter Volz, ; 303-817-9676

Aspen Moon Farm

Internship Title: Farm Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
We will hire 2 or more apprentices each season.  We have housing for 2 apprentices on the farm. Please inquire via e-mail and we will send you an application. We are a NABDAP (North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program) mentor farm.
Contact name, number and email: ; 303-808-9583.

Growing Gardens

Internship Title: Greenhouse and Market Garden and Environmental Education Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Growing Gardens is Boulder’s long-time community garden organization. Each year Growing Gardens hires many interns for their market gardens as well as their youth garden programs. Please inquire about opportunities through the summer early in the late winter/spring season to ensure opportunity.
Contact name, number and email: Annie Sweeney; .

Growe Foundation

Internship Title: School Garden Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Our garden to table program provides elementary schools in Boulder Valley School District with the resources and support to build vegetable gardens and create hands-on learning experiences for students with growing, preparing and eating healthy food. Growe Foundation occasionally has opportunities available for summer student interns in their school garden program for BVSD.
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Cure Organic Farm

Internship Title: Farm Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Internship positions at Cure Organic Farm provide the opportunity to observe, actively experience, ask many questions and above all learn about successful small farming. By no means are internships easy. They require hard work and long hours in the field daily, but offer the invaluable benefit of being a part of the inner workings of the farm. The focus of our internship program is to train future farmers in creating a successful, diversified commercial market farm. Ideal candidates are self-motivated folks looking for agricultural training with a community purpose, and in-the-field training on the details of small farm management. See the website for extensive detail on the program.
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Sustainable Settings

Internship Title: Farm/Ranch Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Sustainable Settings is a working farm and ranch hybrid near Carbondale, CO. Sustainable Settings fosters intensified learning-working in the various field areas of the Whole Systems Learning Center. To accomplish this we have established a limited number of internships, two to four and no more than six people at any one time. Seven month sessions are the normal intended length of internships. The specific duration is negotiated between each intern and the Director. See extensive website for more info.
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Ceres Greenhouses Solutions

Internship Title: Greenhouse and Garden Intern
Terms and description of Internship:
Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, a budding local company that designs and installs energy efficient greenhouses Is seeking a permaculture and gardening intern to design, plant and upkeep it’s model greenhouse located in North Boulder. The Intern will manage all aspects of the 80 sq. ft. greenhouse, creating and maintaining their own uniquely designed indoor ecosystem based permaculture principles, Ceres Planting needs, and their own vision. Specific responsibilities include creating a bed layout and planting plan; researching appropriate plants; planting and cultivating a variety of plants; monitoring the greenhouse for pest/disease problems and responding accordingly; and generally creating an abundant healthy ecosystem where plants and people love to be.
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Esalen

Internship Title: Farm and Garden Apprenticeship
Terms and description of Internship:
The Esalen Farm and Garden is looking for dynamic people to join our sustainable, holistic Farm and Garden Apprenticeship program. The farmers and gardeners at Esalen cultivate four acres of marine terrace, on temperate land between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The land is rough, dramatic, and majestic. We work hard each day providing a large portion of the produce that the Esalen Kitchen uses to feed our 250-350 guests every day, while also educating hundreds of people every year. See website to learn more about Esalen.
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Green Gulch Zen Center

Internship Title: Farm and Garden Apprenticeship
Terms and description of Internship:
In 1972 Green Gulch Farm became part of the San Francisco Zen Center, a non-profit religious organization dedicated to the practice and study of Zen Buddhism in the Soto Zen lineage as conveyed by its founding teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Situated on the coast of Marin, on an inholding of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Green Gulch includes seven acres of certified organic mixed vegetable fields, fruit trees, and flower gardens, all of which are open to visitors year-round. See website to learn more about Green Gulch Zen Center.
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Social & Environmental Justice

The Growhaus

Internship Title: Growhaus Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Want to be part of Denver’s thriving movement for Food Justice? Interested in participating “behind the scenes” at an urban farming nonprofit? Consider joining the GrowHaus team for one of our internships! As a GrowHaus intern, you will be immersed in a dynamic, supportive work environment, where every day is a new adventure. Your comfort level will be pushed, and you will be expected to be self-directed, open-minded, and willing to assist with a variety of tasks – even ones that fall outside your job description. Each year the GrowHaus offers numerous internships in a variety of capacities. See website for current info.
Contact name, number and email: See website for interactive intern application.

Woodbine Ecology Center

Internship Title: Self-Designed Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Inspired and guided by the historical wisdom of indigenous peoples, Woodbine Ecology Center utilizes education, demonstration, research, and active collaboration with indigenous and other communities to develop and promote examples of egalitarian, self-reliant, and sustainable living. Woodbine can host interns who have a specific area they desire to focus on. Intern opportunities are based upon compatible interests and are very self-directed. See website for more info.
Contact name, number and email: See website for interactive contact form.

Cultural Survival

Internship Title: Cultural Survival Internships
Terms and description of Internship:
Cultural Survival's internship program is an integral component to the organization. Interns are actively involved in all areas of the organization, and play a vital role in the day-to-day operations. We ask interns to commit no less than 16 hours per week at our office in Cambridge, MA for a minimum of six weeks. The average internship lasts for the duration of one school semester or three to four months in the summer. Interns attend a half-day orientation session at the beginning of their volunteer service to learn about all of Cultural Survival's current programs and our organizational history.
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Permaculture

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

Internship Title: Permaculture Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute is a leading permaculture organization in the country. Each summer they host very self-directed interns to work in the gardens, greenhouses, and with the animals. Previous permaculture experience is highly valued. See website for more details about this excellent organization and the work they do.
Contact name, number and email: Jerome Osentowski; ; See website for more details.

Sunrise Ranch

Internship Title: Permaculture and Farm and Garden Internships
Terms and description of Internship:
Live and work at Sunrise Ranch while participating in the 12 week PDC course.  Work is primarily concentrated in the garden performing tasks such as planting, weeding, irrigating, and harvesting.  Other work responsibilities include two dish shifts per week and the possibility of assisting in other departments such as livestock, landscaping, maintenance, youth programs, guest services, or kitchen. Compensation includes room and board and a Permaculture Design Certificate upon completion. See website for more details.
Contact name, number and email: Patrick Padden;

Bullock Brother’s Homestead

Internship Title: Skill-Building Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Bullock Brother’s Homestead is located on Orcas Island in Washington state and is one of the oldest permaculture sites in the USA. Each year we work on different projects in our skill-building internship. Consequently, the skill building program is different every year. Our projects provide hands-on experience in many of the following skill areas: organic gardening, grafting, pruning, electrical, plumbing, irrigation, metalworking, carpentry, nursery management, pond construction, mushroom propagation, ferrocement construction, canning & food preservation, cooking, working with small animals, plant propagation, bee keeping, etc.
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Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Internship Title: Permaculture Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
The Permaculture Research Institute, led by Geoff and Nadia Lawton, now offer a ten-week curriculum-based internship program, aimed at fast-tracking the development of permaculture-based knowledge in a wide range of specific subjects. This is an ideal way to fast-track your ability to establish and maintain your own permaculture project and/or get started on a career as a permaculture consultant and/or educator. See website for more details and cost. This internship has a very high cost, but scholarships can be available.
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Ampersand Sustainable Learning Center

Internship Title: Sustainable Living Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
The internship is a very special time at Ampersand. Our site comes to life as amazing folk gather for an intensive learning and community living experience. We share in a lifestyle that is abundant with the essentials. Our rustic living conditions include, solar electricity, running rainwater (frugal use is expected with both), hot showers, an indoor bathroom with composting toilets, and wireless internet access. We cook primarily with solar ovens and live off rainwater that we harvest throughout the year. We build with earth and salvaged materials.
Contact name, number and email: ; 505-780-0535.

Renewable Energy & Energy Conservation

National Renewable Energy Lab

Internship Title: Renewable Energy Research Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the laboratory's research and development programs, initiate new areas of research, and establish a base for ongoing collaborations through NREL's Research Participant Program. Students with new ideas and talents can contribute to research of mutual interest in NREL's research and deployment disciplines, while also contributing to the transfer of the technology resulting from that research. Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time in a U.S. college or university, have successfully completed at least the sophomore year of school by June of the current year, and plan to continue full-time enrollment the following fall term may apply for open positions. See website for more information on NREL.
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Center for Resource Conservation

Internship Title: Resource Conservation Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
We work closely with several programs at the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University, and college and high school programs nationwide to provide high-quality, realistic working experiences for students. Our internships are similar to our volunteer opportunities; there are a lot of opportunities to choose from. We need students who are motivated, independent, hard workers that want to learn how a well-established nonprofit works. Depending on our division needs for the specific time of year and the individual’s goals and interests, interns can work with us as event planners, program assistants, volunteer coordinators, research assistants, graphic designers, office assistants and more. See website for more info about the CRC.
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Environmental Policy & Activism 

Local Food Shift (Formerly Transition Colorado)/Hazon

Internship Title: Local Food Guide Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
Local Food Shift and Hazon are seeking an intern to disseminate an Interfaith Local Food Shift Guide and Directory in the summer of 2013. The goal is to place this information in the hands of hundreds of members of Boulder area faith communities. Distributed through congregations, this information can empower and inspire individuals to make healthier and more sustainable choices for themselves, their families, their congregations, and the wider community. The internship, an unpaid position, would run May 15 – August 15 (dates are flexible) and is 12-15 hours/week. The primary responsibilities will be to: Conduct outreach to 60 congregations to recruit 40 distribution sites for 5,000 copies of the Interfaith Local Food Shift Guide and Directory; Deliver guides to congregations; Handle all tracking of distribution; Do follow up and evaluation with congregations.
Contact name, number and email: Becky O’brein; .

Sierra Club

Internship Title: Wide variety of Internships around the USA.
Terms and description of Internship:
With over 700,000 members, the Sierra Club is one of our nation's largest grassroots conservation organizations. Our statement of purpose is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the Earth. We seek to accomplish this by the education and promotion of the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems and resources.
Interns are selected on the basis of their interests, education and experience in political science, environmental studies, natural resources, history, law, journalism, computer science or other related fields. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in conservation work and have good communication and writing skills. Our normal intern rotations are in the fall, winter/spring, and summer but we are flexible with other starting dates.
Contact name, number and email: See website for varied opportunities and specific contacts.

Environment Colorado

Internship Title: Environmental Policy Internship
Terms and description of Internship:
If you want to spend the semester learning how to make a real impact on the decisions that affect the energy we use, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love, apply for an internship with Environment Colorado. Each semester, we train students like you to analyze environmental problems, advocate for smart solutions, and build public support. And you’ll work one-on-one with one of our advocates or organizers, providing a unique, mentored experience.
Contact name, number and email:

Environmental Protection  Agency

Internship Title: Student Internships
Terms and description of Internship:

Ever thought about having a great career dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Americans? Ensuring that we have clean air, pure water and better-protected land?
You can have that career at EPA! EPA internships and fellowships provide a great introduction to our work, giving you a sense of whether EPA might be the right place for you. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available at our Washington D.C. headquarters, in our ten regional offices, and at our labs and research centers throughout the nation.
Contact name, number and email: See website for more info on opportunities around the USA and position specific contact info.

Wild Bear Ecology Center

Internship Title: Environmental Education Internship
Terms and description of Internship:

Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery is seeking up to five interns for the summer season to assist in the planning and implementation of our youth programs. Chautauqua Fridays (ages 5-
7) at Chautauqua Park in Boulder or at our Mountain Program based out of the Mountain Ecology Center on the busline in Nederland, takes place Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm in Nederland
offering workshops for ages 5-15. Interns must be responsible, creative, enthusiastic, and
dedicated to providing a safe and age-appropriate learning environment. See website for more details on the organizations work.
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