Summer Outreach and Communications Intern

Ventura Audubon

Environment for the Americas’ Internship Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

**All interns are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination**

Stipend: $400/week for 20 – 30 hours

Start Date: 05/23/2022

End Date: 7/31/2022

Project Description:

This position is hosted by Ventura Audubon. The primary job responsibility will be to conduct public outreach to educate the public about the western snowy plover and California least tern on two VAS project beaches in Ventura County.  Interns will be trained to understand the history, habitat needs, breeding biology and field survey methods of both species and will in turn teach the public outreach about this information.   Interns will interact closely with our outreach coordinator, biologists, and program volunteers and there will be some opportunities for field work alongside our biologists.  Workdays will include Saturdays and Sundays. Tasks will be modified or reduced based on COVID health orders.  This will be a 10-week position starting on May 23rd and ending on July 31.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide roving interpretation on weekends to beach visitors near Ca least tern nesting areas on VAS project beaches in Ventura County to inspire stewardship. Provide outreach materials (pamphlets, flyers) to the public. Engage beach visitors to encourage behavioral changes to reduce disturbance to nesting birds and their young
  • Create educational posts on Ventura Audubon social media and short videos about snowy plovers and least tern conservation
  • Conduct weekly beach wrack assessment utilizing ArcGIS collector

Additional Opportunities:

  • Lead bird walks, for bilingual interns lead bilingual or Spanish language bird walks
  • Assist with Beach Naturalist volunteer training
  • Create bi-lingual outreach materials
  • Sighting snowy plover and least tern adults and chicks to assist monitoring work


  • Familiarity and facility with basic Microsoft Office software, Internet search programs, social media platforms, and standard email software
  • Possess strong writing and communication skills
  • The ability to communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with diverse people, including project partners, staff, volunteers, youth, and the public
  • Self-motivation and resourcefulness in completing assigned tasks
  • A strong interest in birds


  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Video creation and editing experience

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