Internships and Volunteers

groundtruthing-knobInternship Opportunities with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

EPIC is a non-profit, environmental law watchdog organization that advocates for science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests. We use conservation science, education, public outreach, grassroots organizing and political pressure to achieve our goals. Click here to volunteer with EPIC!

EPIC is seeking bright, motivated interns. We are specifically seeking Summer/Fall 2017 candidates with either experience or an educational background in:

  • GIS – Analyze maps and data pertaining to EPIC’s Connecting Wild Places campaign for forest connectivity across public and private forests in Northwest California. EPIC’s Connecting Wild Places campaign is designed to proactively address the need for habitat corridors to facilitate species’ movement and create micro-climactic refugia.
  • Campaigns and organizing – Work with EPIC’s Outreach Department to organize activists at the local, regional, and state level. Reach out to targeted constituencies to get people involved in campaigns. Recruit activists by organizing and participating in campaign actions and events. Table at festivals, the Co-Op and Arcata Farmer’s Market.
  • Graphic design, artists or videography – Graphic Design: Create outreach materials such as posters, mailers, design templates etc. Videographers: help create short films, documentaries and YouTube videos. Story-tellers: help tell the story about the importance of forest conservation. Work with other interns to develop films, articles, newsletters, etc.
  • Digital and social media: Facebook, Twitter & Instragram – Develop and maintain EPIC’s social media accounts and online presence.

A background in conservation science, environmental law, policy, natural resource planning, and forestry is not required, but encouraged upon application.

EPIC requires a good sense of humor.

Application process

Please submit a cover letter explaining:

  • Why you want to work with EPIC
  • What your career aspirations are and how this internship would help you achieve your goals
  • How much time you can commit to an EPIC internship (hours/days per week for how many weeks)
  • Describe your relevant skills

Include: résumé and original writing sample (no group papers and less than 4-pages).

Email to Tom@wildcalifornia.org & Briana@wildcalifornia.org. A staff person will get back to you within 7-business days. Depending on the applicant’s skills, level of commitment and organizational capacity, discrete projects/tasks will be assigned based on EPIC’s needs.

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help support events, fundraising appeals and other routine office tasks. No academic skills required, only a willingness to help. Tasks may include: hanging posters (car needed), handwriting envelopes, data entry, working events (bartending, serving, set-up, clean-up, security, door, etc). Please contact: Briana Villalobos, briana@wildcalifornia.org, or call 707-822-7711 and we’ll add you to our volunteer list and contact you as needed.

Wilderness Grazing Monitor

On-the ground grazing monitoring as practiced by the Grazing Monitoring Project involves hiking through wilderness areas and other public lands where livestock grazing occurs from May through October. Conduct surveys and use photographs and video to document the impacts to springs, stream-side vegetation, water quality, meadows and wetlands that result from poorly managed grazing. If you are interested in grazing monitoring, please contact Felice Pace, unofelice@gmail.com