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Internship Opportunities

Want to help share the wonder of the natural world?

 Apply for an internship with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies!

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Do you enjoy getting people excited about our natural world?  As an Intern with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studiesyou’ll have the opportunity to share your energy and enthusiasm by leading fun educational programs for children, teens, school groups, locals, and visitors to Alaska.  As a non-profit environmental education and stewardship organization, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ mission is to foster responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and to generate knowledge of the unique ecosystems of Kachemak Bay. Our internships are offered at five locations in the Homer/Kachemak Bay area: the  Wynn Nature Center (a 145-acre boreal forest preserve), the Inspriation Ridge Preserve, the semi-remote Peterson Bay Field Station, the Yurt on the Spit, and the CACS Headquarters Building in downtown Homer (where Day Camp starts and ends each day). We also partner closely with Homer

 Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) to lead Alaskan wilderness expedition camps.

Qualified applicants are energetic and flexible, possess curiosity and enthusiasm about the natural world and human communities, desire to develop skills in place-based environmental education or natural history interpretation

Equal Opportunity Employer & Equity Statement:

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, class, veteran status and other protected status as required by law.

We recognize that the field of environmental education has long excluded Black, Indigenous, and people of color as well as people from working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups.  We also recognize that environmental injustice and climate change disproportionately impact the most marginalized people in society- including people of color, Indigenous people, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ+ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do and that environmental education will be stronger and richer with more diverse perspectives. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply for positions with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. You are encouraged to self-identify in your cover letter, if you feel comfortable doing so.  Please contact Katie Gavenus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 907-235-1974) with

 any questions or concerns.

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To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 11, 2023.

Instructions: In your 1-page cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this position and describe the relevant work, academic, and/or life experience that you will bring to this position. Please indicate in both the cover letter and e-mail subject line the position for which you are applying. Those interested in multiple positions are encouraged to write a separate cover letter for each, detailing how your skills, experience, and interests fit with the responsibilities of that specific job.

Your application materials will be reviewed by a team. If you'd like to address the cover letter to an individual, Beth Trowbridge is our Executive Director. 

**We are usually able to accommodate specific qualifications to fulfill internship requirements set by individual universities. Please let us know in your application email if you would like to discuss this further.

Summer Internships for 2023

Peterson Bay Field Station

Peterson Bay Field Station Naturalist Intern:May 29 - September 4 (possibility for earlier end date if needed by applicant). Work alongside PBFS naturalists and coordinator to lead tidepoosling/forest hike day trips for visitors. Assist with overnight camps and trips for youth groups. **This internship is funded through the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Please apply through their website: https://alaskaconservation.org/community-resources/internships/application-eligibility/ . Deadline is February 13.**

High School Internships

Summer High School Internship Early-June through Mid-August. Interns will act as guides, greeters, gardeners a

nd program support for CACS summer programs. Enjoy interacting with the public, spending time outdoors, and helping to make the most of visitors' experience with CACS. The 2023 application packet is now available.  

Summer Garden Crew Internship, May 29 through Mid-Aust. Work outside and gain skills in agriculture, nature interpretation and teaching, public relations, and research and monitoring. This internship is open to responsible juniors, seniors, and recent graduates with a strong interest in gardening, ecology, land stewardship, and education. The 2023 application will be available soon.

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