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.

Join Our Herd - Elk 400We’re currently accepting applications for:

  • Conservation Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)
  • Legal Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)
  • GIS Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)
  • Wine & Viticulture Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)
  • Conservation Photography Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)
  • Marketing & Design Intern (Spring or Summer 2017)

Read below for job descriptions and application instructions. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.


Conservation Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

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 via email to apply@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 ($1,000 for summer).


Legal Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

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 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. This internship includes a $500 stipend ($1,000 for summer).


GIS Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

We’re seeking a highly-motivated GIS Intern based in the Santa Barbara area. Applicants from San Luis Obispo or Ventura counties will also be considered.

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 via email to apply@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 ($1,000 for summer).


Wine & Viticulture Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

We’re seeking an enthusiastic and knowledgeable wine enthusiast based in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo county to help us network with wineries and build partnerships with conservation-minded vintners.

DESCRIPTION: Build relationships with winemakers throughout the region who share our vision for healthy forest watersheds. Contact local wineries to request donations of wine to serve at our benefit events. Organize nonprofit events at wineries and tasting rooms, including tours and barbeques. May include unique opportunities to assist our partner wineries with harvest.

QUALIFICATIONS: Highly-organized college or graduate students pursuing careers in the wine or beverage industry. Requires knowledge of wines and winemaking, professional enthusiasm, and top-notch people skills. Excellent writing and communication skills are essential. 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 via email to apply@LPFW.org with “Wine & Viticulture 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.


Conservation Photography Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

We’re seeking a talented and adventurous photography student based in Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Luis Obispo counties to help us further land and wildlife conservation throughout the Central Coast using creative media.

DESCRIPTION: Help us use the power of photography to help educate the community about public lands in our region and to promote our conservation goals. Travel throughout the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument to collect images of iconic landscapes. Create compelling and informed images to promote specific conservation campaigns in print, online, and via social media. Document environmental damage and capture images that inspire people to care and take action to protect our region’s landscapes. Projects may include a combination of landscapes, macro, wildlife, stills, and/or video.

QUALIFICATIONS: Highly skilled students pursuing careers in photography, film, or other media. Ability to travel in remote areas with your own vehicle (sometimes on dirt roads), and to explore on- and off-trail by foot.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, a few samples of your work, and a list of relevant coursework via email to apply@LPFW.org with “Photography 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.

Marketing & Design Intern – Spring or Summer 2017

We’re seeking a highly-motivated marketing or graphic design student to work out of our Santa Barbara office.

DESCRIPTION: Help us use the power of graphic design to help educate the community about public lands in our region and to promote our conservation goals. Create compelling and informative marketing materials that promote specific conservation campaigns. These materials will be used in print, on our website, and via social media to educate the public and increase awareness about the issues affecting public lands along California’s Central Coast. Specific tasks will include creating eye-catching brochures, flyers, promotional materials for fundraising events, and infographics.

QUALIFICATIONS: Highly skilled and motivated students pursuing careers in marketing, graphic design, or related field. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator) required.

HOW TO APPLY: Send a cover letter, resume, a few samples of your work, and a list of relevant coursework via email to apply@LPFW.org with “Marketing & Design 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.


The goal of our Internship Program is to provide the next generation of environmental advocates with the training and tools to protect public lands, clean air and water, wildlife, and natural resources. Our interns gain valuable experience with research, advocacy, field work, and environmental law and policy while obtaining first-hand knowledge of working with a small but effective nonprofit organization. Since our internship program began in 2006, we have been fortunate to work with more than 30 undergraduate, graduate, and law students from the following institutions:

Antioch University Santa Barbara
Brandeis University
California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI)
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
Cal Lutheran University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Pepperdine University School of Law
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara College of Law
The Ohio State University – Moritz College of Law
The Thacher School
UCLA School of Law
UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
University of Montana
University of Oregon School of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Westmont College