Internship with Environmental Defense Center



2016 Goleta Creek Clean-Up Project


The Intern will organize and implement ten summer and fall creek clean-ups in Goleta near UCSB. This is an opportunity to learn about local watersheds, ecology, hydrology, land use & environmental impacts. The Intern will also learn about local and state laws related to creek and watershed protection. Working under the supervision of EDC’s Environmental Analyst / Watershed Program Coordinator, the Intern will obtain permits for creek cleanups, organize volunteers for cleanups, report environmental problems to government agencies and track responses, and create a final report summarizing the cleanups, environmental problems discovered, and agency responses. The internship also involves performing administrative duties in the EDC’s law office and provides the opportunity to experience how a non-profit environmental law firm operates.


  • Obtain permits
  • Identify partners and participants
  • Survey creeks
  • Prepare maps
  • Obtain and provide supplies
  • Lead volunteers during clean-ups
  • Weigh trash
  • Report on amount and nature of trash removed
  • Interface with local media


  • Current UCSB Student * Demonstrated interest in creeks and watersheds
  • Physically capable of carrying 25lb bags of trash over rough terrain

Date & Hours: June – November, 2016; 10-12 hours per week

Location: 50% at EDC office: 906 Garden Street, Santa Barbara and 50% field work

Pay: $11/hour up to 200 hours

Application Instructions: Please submit your resume, three references, a cover letter and writing sample to Brian Trautwein at

Deadline to Apply: May 15, 2016

For more information please contact Brian Trautwein of the Environmental Defense Center at (805)963-1622 ext. 108 or by email at

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