STATUS: OPEN – now accepting Spring 2024 applications

San Diego Coastkeeper, a non-profit organization working to protect and restore San Diego’s fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water, seeks an energetic, well-organized and self-motivated individual to fill the volunteer position of beach cleanup intern. The intern will assist in the coordination of our cleanup programs, help manage and recruit volunteers, organize supplies and data, and educate the public about the results of our cleanups and the effects of marine debris on San Diego’s watershed.



Applicants should have experience with outreach, event planning, and volunteer management. Candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills, highly developed organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to engage, motivate, and manage community volunteers. Experience with Gmail and Google Drive is required. They must be hard-working, self-motivated, demonstrate a deep commitment to and passion for environmental protection, and be able to work independently and prioritize multiple projects. Familiarity with the region’s water issues is preferred, as is Spanish language proficiency. Some level of physical exertion – carrying cleanup supplies, setting up pop-up tent and table on sandy beaches, etc. – is required. Reliable transportation is also required, as much of our work takes place in various beaches around the county. Candidates must have, or be in the process of obtaining, a college degree, and 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. Finally, weekend availability, and Saturday mornings in particular, is required.


This is an unpaid internship. Priority will be given to candidates seeking an internship to meet a university class or graduation requirement.


10 hours per week with varying hours, including occasional evenings and frequent weekends. Can be flexible around work and school schedules, but applicants must commit to at least one day a week in the office, as well as attending all upcoming scheduled Coastkeeper beach cleanups.


We are currently accepting applications for our fall internship program. Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a resume, brief position-specific cover letter, and a short sample blog post (200 word max) electronically to the internship program manager at [email protected].  Applications for our Spring 2024 Internship are due by February 27th. Applications for other seasons are accepted on a rolling basis – please specify which period you would like to intern for (Spring*: January-June, Summer*: June-September, Fall*: September-December).   *Dates are flexible based on intern’s availability