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


About Our Fire Ecology Internship

As fires in California have become more common, they play an increasing role in shaping Orange County’s landscapes. We invite you to help Crystal Cove Conservancy, Crystal Cove State Park, and Irvine Ranch Conservancy study the impacts of fire in Orange County by joining us for the Fire Ecology High School Internship Program for the 2022-2023 school year! 

Throughout the Fire Ecology Internship, high school volunteers will collaborate with land managers to study the impact of fire on our ecosystems in open spaces across Orange County. Student interns will gain valuable experience in restoration, fire ecology, and land management. You’ll be able to help local land managers address real conservation challenges. 

The 2022-2023 internship program will run from September 2022 through June 2023. The program will include in-person field days on Saturdays and virtual meetings over Zoom on weekdays after school.

We’d like to thank Edison International, California State Parks Foundation, Crystal Cove State Park, and the Irvine Ranch Conservancy for their support. We couldn’t make this internship happen without their help.

2022-2023 Program Dates

Session 1- October 22nd, 2022 (Half Day Saturday at Crystal Cove) 9:00-12:30 pm

Session 2- November 12th, 2022 (Half a Day at the IRC location) 9:00-12:30 pm

Session 3 – December 7th 2022 (Weekday 4:00-6:00pm)

Session 4 – January 12th, 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00 pm)

Session 5 – February 11th 2023 (Trial: 9:00-12:30pm)

Session 6 – February 15th 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00pm)

Session 7 – March 4th ( First Collection Weekend 9:00-12:30 pm)

Session 8 – March 18th, 2023 (Second Collection Weekend 9:00-12:30 pm)

Session 9 – April 8th, 2023 (Third Collection Weekend 9:00-12:30 pm)

Session 10 – April 26th 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00pm)

Session 11 – May 10th 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00pm)

Session 12- May 24th 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00pm)

Session 13 – June 14th, 2023 (Weekday 4:00-6:00 pm)

How to Apply

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

To apply for the Fire Ecology internship, fill out this form by September 12th, 2022. Short Interviews for qualified applicants are scheduled over Zoom from September 13th to September 23rd. 

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

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