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 important natural resources of Mendocino County including working farmlands and forests, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic vistas, watersheds, and to facilitate public access. 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 internship comes with a $6,000 award. The Center for Life Beyond Reed manages this internship in partnership with the Mendocino Land Trust.


The intern will work with MLT staff on projects that will include coastal trails and public access, conservation easement monitoring, new trail construction, salmon habitat restoration, volunteer coordination, and forest fuel reduction. The intern will also be expected to carry out various administrative duties which may include grant and permit preparation. The position will report to the Director of Stewardship and work closely with the Conservation Project Coordinator.

Tentative start and end dates for summer 2022 will be from June 6th to August 12th.


  • Stewardship of coastal trails and properties
  • Public access planning
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Assist with project management to support salmon restoration projects
  • Monitor conservation easements
  • Produce or assist with mapping activities
  • Assist with report writing, as needed

Note on transportation: Having a vehicle is a requirement of this internship as housing is remote and rural. An MLT vehicle will be available for work-related transportation.

Note on Housing: Housing is provided by the Mendocino Land Trust. The intern will be expected to pay $500 at the beginning of the summer to cover the cost of utilities for ten weeks.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Prefer GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year Reed student in good standing.
  • Passion for natural resource protection and restoration, desire to learn, and a preference for taking initiative.
  • Interest in living and working along the rugged California North 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, sometimes wading in streams.
  • 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.

Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, at 12PM noon PDT

Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted in Handshake.
  • Application documents 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 Nicolet Houtz, Director of Stewardship, Mendocino Land Trust, and apply with your materials in Handshake.

Qualified applicants may 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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