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: EPIC is seeking an intern for the fall semester to analyze maps and data pertaining to EPIC’s Natural Cycles of Wildfire campaign. Projects include mapping of federal timber sales in post-fire forests, examining habitat corridors, and compiling resources to reform post-fire logging practices.

Intern will gain applied experience with:

  • ArcMap and GIS web applications
  • Manipulating data in geo databases
  • Sourcing new data for use in map layers and visualizations


  • Experience to any/all of the following: GIS, SQL, JavaScript, and HTML
  • Demonstrated proficiency in relevant technical field; strong research skills; interest in environmental resource management, forest ecology, fire ecology, and forestry.

Fire ecology: EPIC is seeking a fall intern to assist in ongoing research and fieldwork pertaining to EPIC’s Natural Cycles of Wildfire campaign. Projects include various research on past post-fire management on California’s public lands, and fieldwork/on the ground monitoring of post-fire landscapes.

Intern will gain applied experience with:

  • Specialized knowledge of the ecology, behavior, and suppression of forest fire
  • On the ground post-fire monitoring
  • Documenting logging project implementation
  • Archiving GPS referenced photos through Avenza Maps application


  • Experience to any/all of the following: fire ecology and management, forest ecology, forest resource conservation, forest soils, wildland fire management.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in relevant technical field; strong research skills; interest in forest operations, and forest conservation

Outreach and Communications:

  • 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 and 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 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,, 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,