WILDCOAST – A voice for the coast and the ocean

Coastal Leaders Internship

**Calling all ocean loving Indigenous youth in San Diego County**


If you are a rising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior from an Indigenous group of San Diego County looking for an internship opportunity then look no further. WILDCOAST is offering a 9- month coast and ocean conservation internship program. Areas of focus for this program include: ocean conservation (science, policy, and stewardship), recreating in nature, and leadership development. More details follow and an application can be found below. 


  1. Learn ocean conservation, leadership, and policy from experts
  2. Spend time in nature experiencing the coast and ocean 
  3. Develop interpersonal and professional skills
  4. Explore college and career pathways 
  5. Gain access to networking opportunities during and after the program
  6. Verified community service hours
  7. Valuable experience for college applications and resumes
  8. Letters of recommendation/reference
  9. Small scholarship 


  1. Ocean conservation mindset
  2. Identify as a member of a Tribe from San Diego County
  3. 9 month commitment (September 2021 - May 2022), meets once a month
  4. Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors are eligible to apply
  5. 16+ years or older
  6. Completion of a group project
  7. Must be willing to abide by evolving COVID-19 guidelines as defined by the CDC and County Health officials
  8. WILDCOAST works to cultivate a collaborative and open learning environment free of bullying, hate speech, and/or discrimination and will expect the same of program participants.  


  • Application posts: June 1, 2021
  • Applications closes: August 27, 2021
  • Interviews: August 2021
  • Coastal Leaders Program Begins: September 2021
  • Coastal Leaders Program Ends: May 2022

For questions about the internship please email Lisa Gilfillan: lisa@wildcoast.org