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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:

  • Conservation Director (click here to view job announcement)
  • Conservation Intern (Fall 2016)
  • Legal Intern (Winter, Spring, or Summer 2017)
  • GIS Intern (Fall 2016)
  • Wine & Viticulture Internship (Fall 2016)
  • Conservation Photography Internship (Fall 2016)

Conservation Director

The Conservation Director is a full-time position that involves a combination of legal and policy advocacy, science, field work, community outreach, media relations, and volunteer coordination. Specific duties include advocating for the protection of wild places in the Los Padres National Forest, the Carrizo Plain National Monument, and other public lands in our region by writing letters, attending hearings, reviewing documents, and consulting with experts; building broad public support for protecting public lands throughout our region through community outreach and media; and implementing habitat restoration projects using volunteers, including trash cleanups, graffiti removal, invasive plant eradication, and wildlife habitat restoration. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in legal and policy advocacy with at least 3-5 years of progressive accomplishments in public lands conservation.

This position is available immediately. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Click here to view the full job announcement and application instructions. No phone calls, please.


Conservation Intern – Fall 2016

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 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 – Winter, 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.


GIS Intern – Fall 2016

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 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.


Wine & Viticulture Intern – Fall 2016

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 info@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 – Fall 2016

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 photography.

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 info@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.