Join our Internship Team!
Becoming an intern is one of the best ways to get involved at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. With our wide array of education opportunities we are continuously refining, adding, and building up our programs with the help of dedicated staff, volunteers, and interns! During the school year we offer various internships to interested individuals—ranging from Museum-based work with tours and education kits to working in the field at Neary Lagoon or Morgan Preserve, leading outdoor education programs.
We seek motivated individuals who are ready to get their hands dirty, working in a dynamic environment with staff, volunteers, and other interns. If you have specific interests or projects for the Museum, let us know.
Please fill out this application, include a resume, and send to
School Year Internships
- Neary Lagoon 3rd grade Wetland Walk Intern—This intern will gain experience with hands-on outdoor education leading 3rd grade students around our local wetland. Teach in an outdoor setting, learn to identify local birds species, and have fun with this environmental education program.
- Neary Lagoon 5th grade Watershed Walk Intern—Water testing? Working outside with local 5th graders. This intern will help deliver classroom presentations and lead field trips at Neary Lagoon. Get your feet wet by teaching students the water cycle, how to assess watershed health, and water quality testing.
- Sandhills 7th grade Exploration Intern—Fossils? Geology? This intern will work side by side with staff and docents on this new Museum program at the Randall Morgan Sandhills Preserve in Scotts Valley. Lead exploration hikes, fossil digs, and invasive plant removal. Go into classrooms and help deliver pre-tour presentations.
- School Tours Intern—Students visiting the Museum come for our two highlights, Ohlone and Animal tours. Work with small groups of students inside the Museum, teaching about Santa Cruz native people and animal adaptations.
- Families in Nature (FIN)/Summer Camp Intern- Help coordinate our summer programs: including registration and instructor contact for week long summer camps and planning activities, organizing docents, and preparing the stage for our five big Saturday events at the Museum.
- ‘On-the-spot’ Interpretation Intern—Ever look out across the bay and wonder what lies before you? This intern will help interpret the natural surroundings of the Museum area with a spotting scope, binoculars, and field guides.
Around the Calendar Internships
- Hosting Interpretation Intern—Our Museum Hosts help bring the Museum alive! Interpret the bees, tidepool tank an Ohlone room by engaging visitors with hands-on artifacts and supplemental information. This Intern will also mentor new docent hosts and create new interpretation materials.
- Education Kits Intern—Intern with our MERL (Museum Education Resource Loan) program, developing and updating our kits with interactive activities that help children and students learn about natural history. Plants, birds, fossils, bees, and more.
- Garden Intern—How would you like to work in a native pollinator garden? The Museum seeks an intern who can help maintain the garden with planting, weeding, and watering. Help us develop interpretive displays for the public, or create a native pollinator garden ‘tour’.
Learn more about our Interns and their projects at the Museum.