We want your help to study the impacts of fire in Orange County!

About Our Fire Ecology Internship

As fires in California seem to become more common year after year, fire plays an increasingly large role in shaping Orange County’s landscapes. You’re invited to help Crystal Cove Conservancy, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and UC Irvine’s Center for Environmental Biology study the impacts of fire in Orange County by joining us for our new Fire Ecology internship program! 

Over the course of the Fire Ecology internship, high school volunteers will collaborate with land managers and researchers to develop testable questions that address real management questions in a recent burn area owned by OC Parks and  managed by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Student interns will gain valuable experience working in the field of restoration, fire ecology, and land management, and help local land managers address real conservation challenges. 

The Spring 2021 internship program will run from March through mid-June. Virtual internship meetings will be held after-school on two weekdays a month, with the possibility of some Saturday in-person field days later in the spring, pending COVID restrictions and safety. 

How to Apply

9th-12th grade students attending high school in Orange County are eligible to apply. We are particularly seeking students with an interest in environmental science or environmental policy careers.

To apply for the Fire Ecology internship, fill out this form by February 28th! Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a short interview over Zoom during the week of March 1. 

If you have any questions about the Fire Ecology internship program, please contact kaitlin@crystalcove.org for more information.

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