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Below are some organizations that have hosted ESYS Senior Interns in the past.  Please note this is not a listing of organizations with currently open positions.

Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument welcomes interns to assist Park Rangers with resource management studies including tidepool monitoring and protection, shorebird monitoring, herpetological surveys, data collection/entry and native plant restoration projects.  Gain valuable insight to inventory and monitoring practices of the National Park Service and contribute to long term scientific research.  This is great opportunity for you to gain practical experience to compliment your theoretical studies.

Contact: Tavio del Rio

(619) 523-4565


California Wolf Center

PO Box 1389

Julian, CA 92036

Contact: Erin Hunt


(760) 765 0030

City of Encinitas: Clean Water Program

Contact: Mayela Manasjan (ESYS Alumni)

505 South Vulcan Ave

Encinitas, CA 92024

(760) 943 - 2125


City of San Diego Environmental Services

The Environmental Services Department was created in 1988 to ensure that all residents of San Diego are provided with a clean, safe and ecologically sound environment.

Lead Safety and Healthy Home Program:

Christopher Lee


9601 Ridgehaven Court, Ste 310

San Diego, CA 92123


City of San Diego Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency

The City of San Diego Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) will have an opening for a Management Intern in the Waste Tire Program and is now accepting resumes. The LEA is certified by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) to enforce solid waste laws and regulations, including waste and used tire regulations. The Waste Tire Program conducts inspections of waste and used tire generators, haulers, and facilities. The program also includes public outreach to citizens and stakeholders.

Management Intern responsibilities will include maintaining the waste tire inspection database, preparing inspection materials, assisting in community outreach programs and researching potential waste tire generators, haulers and facilities in the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access is highly desirable. Bilingual (Spanish) is desirable. The pay rate ranges from $11.67 to $14.04 per hour.

For additional information, please contact Christina Buchanan at (619) 533-3693. Any interested persons should send a cover letter and resume to:

Bill Prinz, Program Manager

Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency

1010 Second Av, Suite 600, MS 606

San Diego, CA 92101


D-Max Engineering, Inc.

D-Max Engineering, Inc. (D-Max), is an environmental consulting firm specializing in storm water services to municipalities throughout southern California.  Services include compliance inspections of storm water treatment installations and industrial, commercial, municipal, and construction areas, water quality monitoring, pollutant source identification studies, development project plan reviews, and regulatory compliance program planning assistance.  D-Max employs numerous ESYS graduates, and is always looking for skilled individuals to add to the team.

Visit www.dmaxinc.com for additional information or to apply for an open position.

To inquire about the possibility of an internship with D-Max, email your resume and cover letter to admin@dmaxinc.com

Equinox Center

Equinox Center is an independent, non-partisan, not for profit research and policy center (a think tank) that turns research into action to help the San Diego region achieve a more prosperous economy, healthy environment and outstanding quality of life for all its residents as it grows. Through in-depth research, policy analysis, communications and convenings, Equinox inspires, informs and engages the public and decision makers in crafting better solutions to our region’s growth challenges.

To Apply for an internship send a brief cover letter, resume, and 1-2 short writing samples via email to:

Jocelyn Maggard, Program Administrator

Equinox Center

530 B Street 

San Diego, CA 92101



Green Campus Program: UCSD Campus

The Green Campus Program is funded and supported by the Alliance to Save Energy and UC San Diego Facilities Management. Green Campus works to integrate sustainability into course curricula, build general campus awareness about environmental issues and implement projects targeting energy use, student involvement and operational changes. Green Campus interns also promote facility energy efficiency, green building practices and water conservation on campus and in the community by increasing awareness about energy and other sustainability related issues.

The UCSD Green Campus Program consists of paid interns and numerous student club members who collaborate with staff and administration to make UCSD more sustainable. For more information see powersavecampus.ucsd.edu

Green Restaurant Association

The Green Restaurant Association is a national nonprofit organization that helps the restaurant industry improve its environmental practices through environmental consulting, education, and communications. With the world's largest database of green solutions for the restaurant industry, we help restaurants make changes in energy, water, waste, chemicals, food, disposables, and building.

Contact: Becky Malamut

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Bioacoustics Program

2595 Ingraham St

San Diego, CA 92109

Contact: Dr. Ann Bowles

I Love a Clean San Diego

I Love a Clean San Diego is a widely recognized non-profit, environmental education organization committed to conservation and waste reduction. Our mission statement Through outreach, community involvement and example, I Love A Clean San Diego leads and educates our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment.

Lauren Short
Community Events Coordinator

2508 Historic Decatur Rd, Ste. 150
San Diego, CA 92106


Kasai Consulting

6670 Lemon Leaf Drive

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Contact: David Burcin



Natural Reserve System, UCSD

The University of California's Natural Reserve System own 32 wild areas which are representative of the state's biological diversity. These sites are used for conservation, research, and education. The San Diego campus manages four of the natural reserves, all in western San Diego County. Students can help in the management of these sites in a variety of projects, particularly in plant and insect ecology. Given current environmental concerns, such as climate change, we are initiating a new effort to build inventories of biological diversity on the reserves. There are also opportunities in public outreach and science education.

Contact: Heather Henter, Academic Coordinator

9500 Gilman Drive, Muir Biology Building 3268

La Jolla, CA 92093 0116

(858) 534-8494


Contact: Isabelle Kay

Division of Biology, UCSD

9500 Gilman Drive, APM annex room 2802

La Jolla, CA 92093

(858) 534-2077

Fax: (858) 822-0696



Nautilus Environmental

An environmental consulting firm focused on providing high quality environmental toxicology services and properly interpreted scientific data within a framework of integrity. A team of environmental scientists offers expertise in the fields of environmental toxicology, chemistry, biology, and ecology. Nautilus has developed a renowned program that applies innovative methodologies to address a variety of toxicological issues.

5550 Morehouse Dr. Ste. 150

San Diego, CA 92121

(858) 587 7002


Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute uses science exploration to engage urban and diverse young people in three ways: education, scientific research and environmental stewardship. Through our programs youth are empowered to transform their lives and make a difference in the world as scientific and environmental leaders. Their discoveries will reveal new ways to protect the ocean and nature, improve the health of our communities, and strengthen the quality of life in our world. To learn more about us, visit us at, www. http://oceandiscoveryinstitute.org/

Contact: Travis Kemnitz, Talent and Culture Coach

858.488.3849 (o)

619.807.4511 (c)      


Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is dedicated to protecting the San Diego Bay and Port Tidelands. They offer paid internship positions and a great way to get some entry-level field work experience doing things like storm drain monitoring, dredge monitors and GIS.

More info can be found at: http://www.portofsandiego.org/.

Apply via website: Port of San Diego Human Resources

Contact: Cody Hooven

Project Wildlife, San Diego

887 ½  Sherman St

San Diego, CA 92110

Contact: Ashley DeRosier


(858) 866 0555

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board:

To preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California's water resources, and ensure their proper allocation and efficient use for the benefit of present and future generations.

Water Quality Standards Unit

California Regional Water Quality Control Board

9174 Sky Park Court, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92123-4340

Phone (858) 627-3926

Fax (858) 571-6972

San Diego Coastkeeper

Contact:  Kristin Kuhn

Community Engagement Coordinator


619.758.7743 x131


San Diego River Park Foundation

About the San Diego River Park Foundation Internship Program: Founded in 2001, we are a nonprofit, environmental organization dedicated to the restoration of the San Diego River and creation of the San Diego River Park System. More info at www.sandiegoriver.org.

 We seek outgoing and hardworking interns, who are passionate about environmental conservation and community building. Internships at San Diego River Park Foundation are highly collaborative and feature on-the-job learning for students interested in nonprofits and local environmental issues.

4891 Pacific Coast Highway  #114

San Diego, CA 92101




Solana Center

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Encinitas. We work to promote environmental change at the community level through education and advocacy efforts. Our programs are broad in scope and include: environmental education, composting, gardening, ocean protection, pollution prevention, and sustainable living.

Contact: Andrea Loyko


137 N. El Camino Real

Encinitas, Ca. 92024


Sustainability Campus Initiative

Get involved in UC San Diego's sustainability projects.


Sara McKinstry, Campus Sustainability Manager

Chelsea Williamson, Adminstrative Analyst



vco-williamsonc@ucsd.edu ; smckinstry@ucsd.edu



Tijuana Estuary

The Tijuana River NERR, in Imperial Beach, is a unique nature preserve located just north of the U.S. Mexico border. It encompasses approximately 2,500 acres, including a variety of habitats. Salt marsh is the most conspicuous, and as 90% of California's Salt Marshes have been destroyed, it is vital that we continue to protect and research what remnants we have. The reserve is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Parks, and NOAA.

Contact: Dr. Jeff Crooks (or Crystal Ritchie)

301 Caspian Way

Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Phone: (619) 575-3613

Fax: (619) 575-6913

E-mail: jcrooks@tijuanaestuary.org or critchie@ixpres.com

UCSD - Facilities Management (Green Campus Program)

Contacts: Dave Weil and J.R Romero

9500 Gilman Drive # 0908

La Jolla, CA 92093-0908



Zero Waste San Diego

3891 Kendall St

San Diego, CA 92109

Contact: Laura Anthony