"My internship experience lit a fire in my heart."

Lindsay Foreman,
2009 intern
"Get your hands involved in anything and everything you can. There is so much to learn here."

Dan Grannan
"My internship reassured me of my career goals and encouraged me to venture down a career path related to true environmental work."

Kathleen Corey

Internships & Careers

The need for talented and passionate people who are dedicated to environmental careers has never been greater. At The Watershed Project we are proud of our track record training and inspiring the next generation of environmental leaders.

As an intern, you will contribute directly to meaningful and exciting projects, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience working for a well-respected and growing non-profit.


The Watershed Projectís internship program is tailor-made for talented undergraduates, graduates and beginning professionals looking for hands-on work experience and specialized training. It is a great way to test the waters for a career serving the environment.

Interns learn about and gain experience in:
  • Non-profit management and operations
  • Environmental education
  • Marketing and communications
  • Watershed management

  • Our program gives interns the maximum educational benefit by placing them in positions working under the guidance of our professional staff that fit their professional interests and skill sets. We encourage individuals with a variety of backgrounds to apply. We especially seek interns who have been directly involved in environmental work and have a demonstrated commitment to watershed and community stewardship.

    Practical details

    The Watershed Project internships are unpaid; however, we are happy to help you receive academic credit for your work. In some cases, we can certify interns in a variety of EPA protocols.

    Hours and internship length are flexible to meet your schedule.

    All internships are be based out of our office on the UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station, located right on the San Francisco Bay.

    The Watershed Project reimburses travel expenses to and from project sites.

    Current needs

    We are always looking for talented and dedicated individuals with an interest in watershed issues. At the moment, we need:

  • Healthy Watersheds Intern: Join our Healthy Watersheds team to assist with volunteer outreach and publicity for community events. Intern will receive training in volunteer outreach and coordination procedures and will focus on preparing for Martin Luther King National Day of Service, when thousands of people join forces to clean up our precious creeks and shorelines.
  • Environmental Education Intern: Help plan and teach our award-winning watershed curriculum. We are looking for assistant instructors for our afterschool creek program and our in-class recycling program. This internship is a great way to get your feet wet in the environmental education field. Receive training in watershed teaching tools, curriculum and leading field trips.
  • Development Intern: Work with our development team on fundraising endeavors, including researching grant opportunities, grant writing, soliciting in-kind donations, cultivating corporate sponsorships, individual donations and planning special events. This is rewarding work Ė and itís fun!
  • Outreach Program Intern: Help people join the watershed movement. Get the word out about our ongoing volunteer opportunities and events by writing press releases, creating program brochures, writing for our eNewsletter and website. Be a watershed ambassador at fairs and festivals. This internship is perfect for anyone interested in environmental writing, communications and marketing, or community organizing.
  • Living Shoreline Intern: Get involved in the restoration of native oysters and educating the local community about their connection to the shoreline. The Living Shoreline Intern will assist in developing curriculum, teaching both inside and outside the classroom, and native oyster restoration and monitoring techniques. This is a great opportunity for marine biology students.
  • To apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter expressing your professional interests, skills and experience by email to Diana Dunn at diana@thewatershedproject.org with "TWP Internship Program" in the subject line, or by regular mail to:

    The Watershed Project Internship Program
    1327 South 46th Street
    155 Richmond Field Station
    Richmond, CA 94804


    Education Coordinator (K-12 education)

    Status: Full time

    Supervisor: Living Shorelines Program Manager & Healthy Watershed Program Manager

    Overview: The Education Coordinator supports the Watershed Project’s mission through coordination of professional teacher training and student programs.

    Major responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:  

    Program Responsibilities: K-12 Education Programs 50%

    • Coordinate schedules for school-based programs
    • Lead K-12 grade education programs for the Healthy Watershed programs, including the Riparian Lab and Waste Matters.
    • Lead K-12 grade education programs for the Living Shorelines programs
    • Develop curriculum for Healthy Watersheds, Living Shoreline, and Greening Urban Watersheds Programs as needed.
    • Evaluate education programs and educator workshops.
    • Assist in teaching other watershed, creek and marsh ecology educator workshops, such as Watershed Teaching Tools
    • Overall assist in training of interns in their area of interest through team teaching, mentoring, and/or providing technical support.
    • Other duties as needed.

    Outreach 35%

    • Conduct publicity and outreach of education programs to local schools
    • Event planning for workshops such as finding site locations, creating promotional materials, executing outreach for the workshop through finding key partnerships with other environmental organizations and strategizing best methods of reaching potential participants, budgeting necessary costs, and/or inviting guest speakers.
    • Table at events that support the Watershed Project’s mission (may include weekends).
    • Other duties as needed.

    Public Programs 15%

    • Assist and lead community events and organization wide events (Earth day, Coastal Cleanup, MLK, etc) throughout the year.
    • Assist with annual fundraising event, Bubbles & Bivalves. Provide educational content for each event.
    • Lead monthly work days at various restoration sites that can include tasks such as weeding, planting, cleanups, and provide an educational message or theme to each workday.
    • Assist in data collection for NPDES permit program for counties and cities.
    • Other duties as needed.

    To apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter expressing your professional interests, skills and experience by email to Chris Lim at jobs@thewatershedproject.org with "Education Coordinator" in the subject line.