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Jobs & Internships

Join our team and help protect the Los Padres National Forest! ForestWatch is one of the leading land, river, and wildlife conservation organizations along California’s central coast.

We’re currently accepting applications for:

  • Director of Membership & Giving
  • Conservation Intern (Fall 2014)
  • Legal Intern (Fall 2014)
  • GIS Intern (Fall 2014)

Director of Membership & Giving

ForestWatch is seeking a Director of Membership & Giving to build support for protecting the Los Padres National Forest and other public lands throughout our region. The Director of Membership & Giving works with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and other team members to establish and execute a fundraising program that is creative, innovative, effective, and appropriate to the organization’s mission and fundraising goals. The position ensures the long-term viability of Los Padres ForestWatch by overseeing most fundraising and membership activities, and reports directly to the Executive Director.

Primary responsibilities include managing our major donor program; securing foundation grants; organizing fundraising events; growing our membership; creating and implementing planned and corporate giving programs; establishing an endowment; and annual budgeting for the development program.

Click here to view the full job announcement and application procedures. No phone calls, please.


Conservation Intern - Fall 2014

We’re seeking a highly-motivated Conservation Intern based in the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura areas.

DESCRIPTION: Conduct research to support our cutting-edge efforts to protect the Los Padres National Forest. Assist with field work, inventories, and data collection. Research information and help us prepare comment letters and administrative appeals to various land management agencies. Request information from, and communicate with, federal, state, and local agencies. Possibility of GIS mapping.

QUALIFICATIONS: Creative, motivated, dedicated, and good-humored college or graduate students. Requires strong research and writing skills. Background in environmental studies, biology, or related coursework and/or experience preferred. GIS mapping skills a plus.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (5-10 pages), and list of relevant coursework to ForestWatch, Attn: Conservation Internship, P.O. Box 831, Santa Barbara, CA  93102-0831, or via email to info@LPFW.org  with “Conservation Internship” in the subject line.

There is no deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. This internship includes a $500 stipend.


Legal Intern – Fall 2014

We’re seeking a highly-motivated Legal Intern to work out of our Santa Barbara office.

DESCRIPTION: Assist with preparation of comment letters, legal reports, and administrative appeals under such laws as the Endangered Species Act, the National Forest Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Clean Water Act to eliminate threats to public lands.

DUTIES: Conduct legal research to support our cutting-edge efforts to protect public lands. Assist with preparation of comment letters and administrative appeals to various land management agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Creative, motivated, dedicated, and good-humored 1L or 2L law students. Requires strong legal research and writing skills. Background in environmental studies, biology, or related coursework and/or experience preferred.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample, and list of relevant coursework to Los Padres ForestWatch, Attn: Legal Internship, P.O. Box 831, Santa Barbara, CA  93102-0831, or via email to info@LPFW.org  with “Legal Internship” in the subject line.

There is no deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.


GIS Intern – Fall 2014

We’re seeking a highly-motivated GIS Intern based in the Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura areas.

DESCRIPTION: Prepare maps and data to support our efforts to protect the Los Padres National Forest. Create maps using ArcGIS and Google Earth Pro. Assist with field work, inventories, and data collection. Request information from, and communicate with, federal, state, and local agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Creative, motivated, dedicated, and good-humored college or graduate students. Requires previous coursework in ArcGIS, and knowledge of or ability to learn Google Earth Pro. Background in environmental studies, biology, or related coursework and/or experience preferred.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample (5-10 pages), and list of relevant coursework to ForestWatch, Attn: GIS Internship, P.O. Box 831, Santa Barbara, CA  93102-0831, or via email to info@LPFW.org  with “GIS Internship” in the subject line.

There is no deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. This internship includes a $500 stipend.