Marine Restoration Internship

This internship program is geared towards students interested in marine research and habitat restoration. Major restoration events take place during the summer each year, but ongoing scientific surveys, planning and outreach tasks occur year-round. Interns will learn about the complete process of habitat restoration from start to finish, including grant writing, fundraising, permitting, monitoring, and restoration. Current Coastkeeper restoration projects are focused on native eelgrass and oysters.


  • Review and summarize relevant scientific literature
  • Assist with scientific monitoring in the field
  • Enter, organize and analyze data
  • Assist with data interpretation and production of summary reports
  • Attend and assist with restoration events in Newport Bay
  • Develop and improve outreach materials for the restoration program
  • Solicit volunteer help for restoration events and coordinate volunteer participation
  • Research potential grants and assist in developing grant applications
  • Generate a monthly blog post featuring your work with Coastkeeper
  • Provide support to other Coastkeeper projects, as well as general office assistance

Required Qualifications:

  • Hard working, self-motivated and passionate about marine habitat restoration and conservation
  • Ability to multitask, and work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable working long hours outside and near the water
  • Proficient in Microsoft programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Reliable transportation to office and field sites
  • Completed or working towards a college degree. Highest priority will be given to those who must complete an internship for college credit, or have an equally decisive way of verifying a deep commitment to the success of their Coastkeeper internship

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current AAUS certified Scientific Diver
  • Geographic Information Systems experience
  • Grant and scientific writing experience


8 – 16 hours a week, including occasional weekends. Can be flexible around work and school schedules, but applicants must commit to at least two days a week in the office, as well as the vast majority of restoration events.

The Restoration program accepts applications for spring and summer internships. To be considered for a 100-hour, unpaid intern position, please submit a resume and brief cover letter to Katie Nichols at

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