Volunteering and Internships

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Volunteering and Internship Opportunities with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

EPIC is a non-profit, environmental law watchdog and advocacy organization that works to protect and restore the diverse landscape of Northwest California. We use science conservation, strategic litigation, public outreach, grassroots organizing and political pressure to achieve our goals.

EPIC is seeking bright, motivated interns and volunteers to start immediately. We are specifically seeking candidates with either experience or an educational background in:

  • Biodiversity Protection
  • Clean Water
  • Public Lands
  • Forestry Reform
  • GIS Support
  • Campaigns and Organizing
  • Web Design, Social Media and Graphic Design
  • Membership and Database Management

Biodiversity and Clean Water

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Northwest California’s environment and quality of life, and has a true desire to learn about environmental law. Must have some familiarity with environmental laws, strong research, writing and analysis skills, and the ability to conduct online research.

Overview: Interns will conduct research and assist staff members as needed. Interns may prepare literature reviews, memos, and assist with technical writing, among other tasks.

Public Lands

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in protecting Northwest California’s environment and quality of life, and has a true desire to learn about environmental law. Must have some familiarity with environmental laws including: National Environmental Quality Act (NEPA) and the Northwest Forest Plan.

Overview: This would ideally be a person with an environmental science and/or forestry background.  This position would entail learning about the Northwest Forest Plan, National Environmental Policy Act and other land management law and would entail research for assisting in developing comments and litigation support. Subject matter includes wildlife (particularly Threatened and Endangered Species), hydrology, geology, botany, fisheries and forestry.

Timber Harvest Plan Reviewer

Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position would be a person with environmental science and or forestry background with a desire to learn about the regulatory system that governs California’s Private Industrial Forests.

Overview: This position would entail learning the Forest Practice Rules, learning to read Timber Harvest Plans (THPs), identifying key issues in THPs, and tracking THPs using the Cal Fire website and excel spreadsheets.  For this position, strong language skills are also preferred.

GIS Support

Qualifications: Interns need to be competent with GIS software including ArcGIS and/or Google Earth.

Overview: Analyze maps and data pertaining to private industrial forestlands and national forests to assist program staff members.

Campaigns and Organizing

Qualifications: Highly effective written and verbal communication skills; Organizational skills and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines; familiarity with Adobe Creative suite.

Overview: Work with EPIC’s Save Richardson Grove State Park Campaign Directors to organize activists at the local, regional, and state level. Outreach targeted constituencies to get people involved in our campaign; Recruit activists by organizing and participating in campaign actions and organizing events; Respond to requests for information and management of campaign materials; Design and layout organizing materials for different constituencies.

Web Design, Social Media and Graphic Design

Qualifications: Be comfortable using different web design tools and maintaining social media feeds, with strong computer and organizational skills; familiarity with WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite. Has the ability to multi-task and remain organized, and enjoys routine office tasks.

Overview: Help maintain our organization’s websites and online presence. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience.

Membership and Database Intern

Qualifications: Outgoing and enthusiastic about working with people, and has a true desire to learn more about development/fundraising and database management.

Overview:  Intern will be primarily involved with supporting the development department at EPIC. This will include marketing to increase our membership and relationship building with current members, opportunities to hone fundraising skills by phone and by mail, list/data management and event facilitation. There will be an opportunity to learn our online databases, Salsa and Democracy in Action.

All EPIC interns and volunteers require a good sense of humor.

Application process: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at EPIC, a résumé, a writing sample, a transcript and references to: natalynne@wildcalifornia.org.  Please indicate which internship opportunity you are applying for and your availability.