The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Mendocino Land Trust: Paul Siegel Conservation Internship

man wearing waders standing in creek taking notes

The mission of the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT) is to conserve and restore habitat, scenic areas and working lands while also providing public access to beautiful places. The Paul Siegel Conservation Internship is a ten-week full-time internship at the Mendocino Land Trust made possible by Reed alumnus, Paul Siegel. The Center for Life Beyond Reed manages this internship in partnership with the Mendocino Land Trust.


The intern will work as part of MLT’s Conservation Team on a variety of conservation, stewardship, habitat restoration, and public access trail projects in Mendocino County. These projects will include: stewardship of MLT’s coastal trails and preserves, volunteer event coordination, conservation easement monitoring, new trail planning and construction, and report writing. The intern will also assist with various administrative duties including grant and permit preparation. The position will report to Anna Bride, Stewardship Project Manager, and will work closely with other members of staff. The internship will last ten weeks, from mid-June to mid-August (exact dates to be determined). The internship comes with a $6,000 award.


  • Help care for and maintain coastal trails and preserves
  • Assist staff with social media and outreach efforts
  • Assist staff with documentation of land stewardship and restoration activities
  • Coordinate volunteer events
  • Produce maps for projects or assist with mapping
  • Assist with new conservation easement projects, as needed
  • Conduct field work and office research to support restoration and forestry projects
  • Research and prepare grant and permit documents

Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, at 12PM noon PST


Applicants must be

  • first year students, sophomores, or juniors;
  • in good academic standing.
A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but not required.


  • Passion for natural resource protection and restoration, desire to learn, and a preference for taking initiative.
  • Interest in living and working on the rugged and remote Northern California Coast.
  • Ability and desire to work indoors in an office setting.
  • Ability, understanding, desire, and preparedness to spend full days working outside in the field, occasionally hiking in rugged conditions.
  • Travel to office in Ft. Bragg from the intern's place of housing will be by the intern’s personal transportation.
  • Intern should have the clothing and personal gear necessary to work outside.

Note on Housing: Rustic housing has been secured by the Mendocino Land Trust. The intern will be expected to make a contribution of $600 for the 10 weeks to cover utilities and a bit of rent. The housing is a private bedroom on a trailer parked directly adjacent to a house with a bathroom and shower and a small, rustic kitchen. The house will be shared with another intern who will also have a private bedroom. More details will be available at the time of the interview.

Note on transportation: Having a personal vehicle will be the easiest way to travel from the house to the office. According to staff from MLT, an "adventurous person could do the 15-minute bike ride from the house to the office every morning and evening, but we recommend a vehicle." An MLT vehicle will be available for work-related transportation.

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted in Handshake and consist of a cover letter and resume.  
  • Please save your resume and cover letter as pdfs, and make sure that each document you submit is identified with your name and the name of the document.
  • Address your cover letter to Anna Bride (Stewardship Project Manager at MLT) and apply with your materials in Handshake.
  • In your cover letter, make sure to address the following questions: Why are you interested in an internship with the Mendocino Land Trust? How will your past experience benefit the Land Trust during your internship?

Qualified applicants will be contacted by the Mendocino Land Trust for a phone or video interview. Final selection of awardee will be made by staff from the Mendocino Land Trust.

Apply in Handshake

Awardees must agree to the following:

  • Participate in the required Center for Life Beyond Reed summer reflection process as outlined to you by CLBR.
  • To attend a Fall debrief or presentation and be prepared to speak with Reed supporters about the experience.
  • To send a personal letter of thanks to internship sponsor, Paul Siegel.
  • To create a LinkedIn profile if you do not already have one.


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