Back to Natives is seeking quality individuals to serve as Interns. Available internships include Native Plant Intern, Horticultural Intern (Nursery Assistant), Habitat Restoration Intern, Communications Intern, Funds Development Intern, and Administrative Assistant Intern. Interested? Complete the Internship Application.
Why do an Internship: Internships are very beneficial when searching for employment, or seeking entrance to college or graduate school. Internships are highly rewarding, work force training opportunities, which provide real world skills pertinent to many future positions and educational fields.
Why complete an Internship with Back to Natives? BTN Internship opportunities include a graduated level of training and experience within habitat restoration, native plant propagation, landscape design/installation/maintenance, and/or general nonprofit/organizational management and administration.
What sort of commitment does it take? Internships are available in 50 hour increments with a minimum of 8 hours required per week. Schedules will be set at the beginning of candidates’ internship cycle with a signed Intern Agreement. After a candidate has successfully completed 100 hours as Intern I they are qualified to apply for Intern II.
Are your internships paid? Not at this time. An Internship with Back to Natives Restoration is not a prerequisite to apply for employment, however it is highly recommended.
How do I apply? Applicants are required to complete the online Internship Application. BTN highly recommends that applicants attend at least one volunteer event before applying, so that applicants may have more of an understanding of what BTN does.
Our Interns have great things to say about us!
“My experiences at Back to Natives have given me my first experience with an environmental group and opportunities to gain knowledge that will help me in my future pursuits and challenges. Back to Natives staff’s leadership and hard work has shown me the passion and dedication that is needed in any endeavor, which I will remember in my career goals.” – Leigh Phan, Intern
“Wanted to say thank you for all of the kind words in the wonderful letter of recommendation you wrote! I am very grateful for all of your efforts and was even able to use the letter this week in my job search. I have really enjoyed interning at Back to Natives and have learned a great deal thanks to you.”– Cindy Arnold
“I wanted to send you a quick update and heads up – I had an interview in mid-December for an environmental scientist position for the Angeles Division of State Parks. The application requires that you list supervisor contact info for all the positions listed in your resume, so you may get a call checking on my work with Back to Natives. Other than that interview, I’ve been trying to keep busy with restoration related work. I came back from getting my Master’s in summer of 2014 and finally finished the restoration certification at Saddleback. I’ve been helping with restoration planning and other related activities at the Back Bay, and spent a couple months at the end of last year as a technical consultant for NASA at JPL working on a computer model of delta formation to inform restoration efforts in coastal Louisiana. I’ll be continuing with that project at the end of this month, and I’m also hoping to work on one that will track the success of restoration at Bolsa Chica.” – Emily Beck, former BTN Intern