Beach Programs Internship Spring 2024

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.

Internship Overview:

Heal the Bay’s Beach Programs team is recruiting for a Beach Programs Intern with an interest in working with public volunteers through marine science education and environmental outreach. The 2024 Spring Session (February-April) will include helping plan and execute the Beach Programs team’s Earth Month volunteer activities. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic and unique work environment in a non-profit office and on the beach

The Beach Programs Intern will gain program management and non-profit experience with a reputable nonprofit that has been established for over 35 years. Heal the Bay staff are experts in their fields and have strong partnerships with multiple local agencies, non-profits, and aquariums throughout Los Angeles County and nationwide. Additionally, the Heal the Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to Santa Monica Bay, and the perfect place to learn about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation. As Los Angeles’ leading ocean conservation non-profit, Heal the Bay strives to educate the public on the impacts of plastic pollution, lower the impact of climate change stressors to the Los Angeles environment, and promote equity and environmental justice within all environmental spaces.


Expected Working Environment:

The Beach Programs Intern will work under the supervision of our Beach Programs Manager and will work for approximately 10-20 hours each week, with a hybrid work approach of some in-office work at the Heal the Bay main office in Santa Monica and some remote work. The intern must come into the office or assist with a Heal the Bay event at least two days of the week between Monday-Saturday to assist with outreach activities and volunteer coordination. The intern is expected to start the week of February 5, and must have access to a computer and internet to complete remote work and reliable transportation for in-office/fieldwork. Some evening and weekend work may be required.


Physical Requirements:

This internship will require the ability to spend 2-3 hours outside, and willingness to work in variable weather conditions with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather while on the beach.


Primary Responsibilities:

· Assist the Beach Programs team with progamming coordination and execution

· Assist with the development of education and outreach materials such as researching and creating Earth Month environmental pledge campaigns

· Assist with new volunteer Beach Captains trainings

· Build your network within the environmental field

· Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meetings, events, trainings, on the phone, and via email while interacting with guests, volunteers, and staff

· Develop an independent project and present results at the end of the internship.



· Recently graduated or currently enrolled in a higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Science/Studies, Communications, Business Management, Sociology, or a related field. OR A strong, dedicated interest in working in the environmental non-profit field.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· Public speaking, outreach, volunteer coordination, and/or customer service experience is a plus

· Well organized and detail-oriented; ability to complete tasks promptly and completely with the ability to be flexible and multitask.

· Ability to respectfully communicate with volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, exceptionalities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office

· Proficiency in Eventbrite, Salesforce, and/or Canva is a plus.

· Ability to pass a Live Scan background check.


This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. This internship is intended to support professional growth; the intern will have opportunities to network with environmental professionals and gain valuable collaboration and program management skills. The culmination of this internship will be the presentation of a personal project to Heal the Bay staff and related stakeholders. At the end of the internship, interns will be able to request a letter of recommendation.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Gebhardt Rath, Beach Programs Manager, at by Friday, January 31, 2024 for your application to be considered. Please use the phrase “Beach Programs Internship Spring 2024” in the email subject line.

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.