Jobs, Internships, and More

Below are a number of opportunities that you may be interested in.  Other opportunities can always be found on the Academic and Career Advising Center’s Handshake page ( 

Please note that not all of the following programs are associated with Cal Poly Humboldt or the Department of Biological Sciences.  Endorsement of the program by Cal Poly Humboldt or the Department of Biological Sciences should not be inferred.

Week of September 18, 2023

UCLA School of Medicine Information Sessions:  

  •        Date: Tuesday, 9/26 from 12pm – 1pm
  •        Location: Cal Poly Humboldt Library, Room 120

Description: We invite you to this Info Session to learn about the **FREE** UCLA Pre-Medical Enrichment Program (PREP) and other resources available for you as pre-med students. We specifically hold 5 spots for Cal Poly Humboldt Students. Come meet Gabriel Loredo, the Outreach and Pathway Programs Manager from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Pizza will be provided! About PREP: PREP is a 5-week intensive summer program that provides pre-med students with the means to strengthen their ability and readiness to study medicine. Full participation in the PREP program allows participants to enhance their chances of being accepted to medical school and succeeding once there. PREP is designed to support students who have experienced social, economic, or educational disadvantages in their journey to medical education. The program prepares students through academic enrichment, personal development, MCAT review sessions, longitudinal application support, focus on health disparities, interview skills and practice, and longitudinal mentorship.
RSVP Here: RSVP Form or on Handshake!

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Internship: A GFAS Accredited Sanctuary committed to rescuing abused, abandoned, and unwanted exotic cats. Since 1992, we have rescued more than 400 exotic animals, giving them a caring, lifelong home at the Refuge. These magnificent creatures are the unfortunate, unwanted products of the private trade in exotic animals. Most of them would have been destroyed if we were not able to give them a home.The refuge currently has 16 ANIMAL CARE INTERN SPOTS AVAILABLE. Interns are responsible for the daily care of tigers,lions, bears, leopards, cougars, servals, and bobcats. Daily care includes cleaning, feeding, & medicating. Location of the internship is Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Housing and utilities are provided, plus a $100 a week stipend for food.
More info and apply at: 

Smithsonian Gardens Winter Orchid Exhibit Intern Opportunity: This opportunity provides an intern with experience managing and caring for the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection (SGOC), including exhibition, public programming, social media management, daily collection care, collections management, and interior plant maintenance. The project’s primary focus will involve grooming and staking collection items for weekly exhibition delivery/installation, plant health monitoring, pulling/generating display labels, public programming, and assisting with creating social media content for a broad audience. The secondary focus will involve watering/fertilizing, repotting, and assisting with integrated pest management scouting and beneficial insect releases. Some public programs may occur on the weekend, which may cause some weekly schedule adjustment. This internship offers hands-on experience working with living plant collections within a public garden and museum setting. Intern will work under the supervision of the Lead Orchid Collection Horticulturist and the Manager of Greenhouse Nursery Operations. Interns are encouraged to take advantage of the abundant resources of the Smithsonian Institution.
Application Deadline: October 15, 2023.  Internship will begin in January/February 2024.
More info and apply at:

STEM scholarships & fellowships | has over 65 portable scholarships and fellowships posted on the site, all with an emphasis on STEM.
Undergraduate scholarships and resources for applying: Summer Research Programs & Scholarships in STEM (Undergrad level) (
Graduate fellowships and resources for applying:
Postdoctoral fellowships and postdoc positions
A quick video tutorial on using our advanced search functions to find funding opportunities:

USDA Internship Workshop:  The Cal Poly Humboldt Natural Resource Career Development Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are hosting an internship workshop this Friday, September 22 from 2-3 p.m. in Siemens Hall Room 109. The USDA focuses on providing support to landowners backed by science and research. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners make conservation work for them. Learn about career opportunities and paid summer internship programs.
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DANTA Tropical Biology and Conservation Field Courses in Costa Rica: Danta is pleased to announce our 2024 field courses in tropical biology. Our courses are intended for undergraduates or early graduate level students who have a keen interest in tropical ecosystems and conservation but have little or no experience of working in a tropical environment. Participants may enroll on either a credit or non-credit basis.  As much of our advertising is done by word-of-mouth, we encourage you to spread the word by forwarding this information to students or friends who may be interested in our programs.  For more information, please visit our website at and/or email For an alumni perspective on our programs, please see our blog DANTAisms - [].

Conservation and Sustainability in Costa Rica
Winter Session: December 27 – January 10, 2024, Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Summer Session: June 5 -20, 2024; Application Deadline: May 1, 2024
Program Fee: $2900
Application deadline: May 15, 2023
Course Description:  DANTA Blog

Methods in Primate Behavior and Conservation
Date: July 11 - 26, 2024
Program fee: $2900
Application deadline: May 1, 2024
Course Description: 

Field Excursion:  All courses include a visit to a wildlife rehabilitation center, sustainable chocolate plantation and dolphin and snorkeling trip of the Golfo Dulce. We will stay overnight on the Boruca Indigenous Reserve where we will learn about the community and their traditional lifeways, and help with needed projects. Every effort is made to implement eco-friendly and socially responsible practices into our day-to-day operations, field courses and overall mission.

Virtual informational session with NGA Friday, Sept. 22 (bathymetrist positions): Information Session with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency:  NGA is an intelligence agency that delivers world-class geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, military service members, intelligence professionals and first responders. Anyone who sails a U.S. ship, flies a U.S. aircraft, makes national policy decisions, fights wars, locates targets, responds to natural disasters, or even navigates with a cellphone relies on NGA. The Maritime Safety Office would like to invite you to an virtual informational session on Friday Sep 22th from 12-1 pm PT (Zoom link below) to learn about the office and agency mission and current openings as a bathymetrist. We will be hiring for bathymetrist positions during our informational session. Come hear what Bathymetrists do to keep mariners around the world safe via our products and services. Please note that US citizenship is required at the time of application. The NGA's Maritime Safety Office’s Bathymetrists are experts in nautical charting and hydrography. Charged with producing safe for navigation products and providing services for mariners around the globe. NGA Bathymetrists analyze and fuse multiple data sources to create accurate 3-dimensional models of the seafloor. Using bathymetric data collected from ships, the air, and even space, scientists chart and track the ever changing landscape under the sea.
Zoom Meeting Invitation
Meeting ID: 856 6604 8450
Passcode: Survey


Week of September 11, 2023

Wildlands Studies - Ecuador, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, and more! Student Information Session on Campus next week: Wildlands Studies field programs provide students the opportunity to join backcountry study teams as working field associates, studying environmental impact assessment, environmental policy, geologic, climatic, and topographic factors that support various habitats, and the relationships between environments and culture. Most participants are undergraduates who join us on-site from all over North America. Each program earns 3-10 units of upper-division credit! FAFSA Financial Aid and scholarships can apply towards funding our programs. Program teams consist of 8-16 participants working with a course instructor. Students can choose different wildlife, wildland, and cultural ecology field studies locations that are all searching for solutions to environmental challenges. Current field studies occur in Thailand, Ecuador, Chile, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Nepal, Australia, Belize, French Polynesia, Iceland, Yellowstone, Big Sur, and Hawaii.

More info at: 
Please join our Student Information Session on Wednesday, September 20th at 4 pm in The Natural Resource Building Rm 201 to learn more! 

Cal Poly Humboldt Paid Summer Internship Healthcare Career Program in Summer 2024: This exciting summer internship opportunity will run from May 13 to July 19, 2024. Selected participants will receive a stipend of up to $4,500 for ten weeks, requiring a 40-hour-per-week commitment dedicated to shadowing and observing healthcare professionals in local hospitals and medical offices during the summer of 2024. The selection process will thoroughly review applications, and chosen participants will be notified by email about registering for the BIOL 482 (Supervised Internship) class at Cal Poly Humboldt, spanning both the Spring and Summer 2024 terms. Students who have already completed BIOL 482 will not need to retake the course in Spring 2024; however, all students must enroll in BIOL 482 for Summer 2024.
Internship Description:
The Paid Summer Internship for Health Profession Careers program aims to actively engage students from both Cal Poly Humboldt and College of the Redwoods, especially those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The primary objective is to provide valuable opportunities for these students to observe and shadow professionals specializing in primary care and geriatrics next summer. These placements are designed to offer a comprehensive understanding of various healthcare specialties. In addition to exposure to these fields, students can enhance their professional skills and gain deeper insight into the health-related challenges faced by rural communities.
Throughout the summer of 2024, students will have the unique opportunity to shadow one or more healthcare practitioners. This diverse array includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, administrative staff, and potentially other allied health professionals. For more comprehensive information about the program, please visit You can also explore the success story of last year's program at Humboldt Now:

Undergraduate Funding Opportunity: Howell-CSUBIOTECH Research Scholars Program: The Howell-CSUBIOTECH program funds promising undergraduate student research projects in topics related to women's health. The program is open to any CSU undergraduate student in good academic standing and planning to be enrolled on their CSU campus for the Spring 2024 term. Applicants must be able to complete the project proposed by the end of the 2024 summer term. The proposed project must be an original, faculty-mentored student research project. Awards may be used to support research activities as part of official school programs, such as honors or senior projects, and the proposed work can be part of a larger project. Any original research topic related to women's health is eligible. The range of eligible topics is exceptionally broad and covers much of the life and clinical sciences. The research project need not be focused upon female subjects or tissues; the program funds projects studying general health concerns that affect both sexes. The proposed project must be biotechnology-related. 
APPLY: To learn more about applying, please visit the CSUPERB website

Dr. David Largent Scholarship for Students in Mycology: The Humboldt Bay Mycological Society (HBMS) is offering the annual Dr. David Largent Scholarship. This scholarship offers a stipend in the total amount of $800. The chosen applicant will give a presentation on the subject matter of their research at a regular meeting of the HBMS on January 17, 2024. This meeting will be in person.
Download application instructions, here:  Dr. David Largent Scholarship for Students in Mycology

Presentation and Q&A on Pursuing Graduate School in Biology, Wed. Sept. 13 & Thurs. Sept. 14 at 5 p.m., SciB 135: Cal Poly Humboldt faculty will discuss the basics of identifying prospective advisors and schools, preparing an application, preparing for interviews, how graduate studies are funded, and how to eventually choose a graduate program. Plus, they will answer your questions about the process.
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Celebrating National Public Lands Day: Ruth Lake Cleanup Volunteer Opportunity: In celebration of National Public Lands Day (NPLD), Six Rivers National Forest is hosting the 2nd Annual Ruth Lake Cleanup on Saturday September 23rd from 9am – 2pm in Mad River, California. No registration is required. The first 150 participants will receive a free t-shirt! Boats are welcome but not required. All boats must be inspected at the Marina for Quaaga Mussels. Ruth lake is a beautiful resource for both Humboldt and Trinity County residents, but years of visitor use have left a ring of litter lining it’s shores. Let’s clean it up and take pride in our beautiful lake. This year marks the 30th annual NPLD. Celebrating 30 years of care and community, NPLD has joined people across the nation in the care and celebration of our public lands. The Ruth Lake Cleanup is organized in partnership with Six Rivers National Forest, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Ruth Lake Community Services, and Van Duzen Elementary School. Event website:   

Upcoming Events: Commemorating 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month: Join the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for cost-free, informative sessions as we celebrate National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week to be observed September 11-17, 2023. Discover how to find internship opportunities, write a federal resume that highlights your strengths, and learn tips for a successful interview process. We are excited to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and Hispanic communities. Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to enhance your career prospects. Register now and empower yourself towards a brighter future!

Online Events include:
Hispanic Heritage Month -Writing Your Resume for Federal Jobs Tickets, Tue, Sep 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite
Hispanic Heritage Month -Interviewing for Federal Jobs Tickets, Wed, Sep 13, 2023 at 3:30 PM | Eventbrite
Hispanic Heritage Month - Applying for Federal Internships Tickets, Thu, Sep 14, 2023 at 4:00 PM | Eventbrite
Other Events in California are listed at:

Week of September 5, 2023

NASA Information Session: The Department of Physics & Astronomy will be hosting a hyflex information session on NASA internships on Monday, September 11, 2023, at 4 PM in SciB 135
Please join the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Engineering and Technology Directorate (ETD) information session for physics, engineering, and STEM students (undergrad & graduate level). It’s an exciting time to be part of NASA and there’s a place for you within our incredible teams of engineers! You will get to hear the unique stories from our NASA engineers/Alumni about their career journeys, overview of the NASA Internship Programs and Career Paths, Application & Resume Tips, and open “Q & A”. Come learn why NASA has been ranked as the Best Place to Work in federal government for 10+ consecutive years! TIME: 4:00-5:00PM (PST) 

Firefighting Careers with the U.S. Forest Service: FY2024 Fall Permanent Fire Hire position is OPEN August 31, 2023 and is set to CLOSE September 29, 2023 Across California:  The Pacific Southwest Region is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 18 National Forests located in California. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fire & fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, dozer, airtanker base and prevention. Apply on USAJOBS.  Applicants may apply electronically through USA Jobs at  Applicants should review the announcement carefully and ensure that their application is complete, and all required documents are filed on or before the closing date.  

Job Vacancies with the U.S. Forest Service; Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist and District Ranger: More info at: 

Biological Scientist
Biological Scientist/Physical Scientist
District Ranger  

Week of August 28, 2023

Job Vacancies Alert! U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Career Opportunities in Hawaii and Across California:  Jobs include Biological Scientist in Arcata and surrounding areas. Apply at

The Stanford University Medical Scribe Fellowship (also known as COMET) Invitation for Pre-Health Students:  The Stanford University Medical Scribe Fellowship (also known as COMET) is opening applications in November for the 2024-2025 fellowship year! We are looking for motivated individuals who have completed undergraduate studies by summer 2024 who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Fellows are paired with clinical faculty in different specialties at Stanford University School of Medicine and/or at our partnering or affiliated clinics. In addition to observing clinical care and providing medical documentation support, our fellows receive mentorship, application support to health professional schools, and the opportunity to pursue scholarly activities or research. Please distribute the details of our upcoming information session to your students. More info and register at:

History 397 Class, 1-unit weekend workshop:  Daniel Vandersommers, the environmental historian who does "animal history' and zoo studies, is coming to campus in late September.  This is a 1 unit class which includes a keynote address on a Friday, which is open to all, regardless of whether they are enrolled or not.
Here is a flyer:  History 397 Flyer

Wildlands Studies & CAL POLY HUMBOLDT Student Info Session Sept 20:  This is a great opportunity to learn about upcoming programs in a comfortable and relaxed setting where students can have questions answered.  Field Study Advisor, Sami Weisser just spent part of summer working as TA to the Belize program and loves sharing her adventures.
Here is a flyer:  Wildland Studies Student Info Session

McKinleyville Land Trust Volunteer Opportunity: The McKinleyville Land Trust, a local non-profit organization conserves local open spaces for ecological, historical, agricultural, educational, recreational and scenic values.  There are two beautiful properties open to the public, Chah-GAH-Cho, located behind Healthsport and the Mad River Bluffs on the other side of Hiller Park. They host quarterly "Work Days" where they trim back trees and brush, and also pull invasive ivy to make way for native species to blossom.  The McKinleyville Land Trust is hosting a Gyros booth at the North Country Fair on September 16th & 17th and would love some smiling faces for short shifts, to help with greeting, cooking, and cleaning up throughout the day. 
Contact: Kari Stockdale at

Insect technicians, Cal Poly Humboldt Johnson Wildlife Habitat Ecology Lab: The Johnson Wildlife Habitat Ecology Lab is seeking Humboldt students to help identify insects sampled from Napa Valley. No prior insect experience is required; we’re looking for motivated and conscientious students with good attention to detail who can commit 5-10 hours per week from early September through much of the fall (up to 80 hrs per person). Pay is $16.50/hr. Up to 4 technicians needed to identify insects for a study of the impact of bluebirds and swallows on winegrape vineyards in Napa Valley. An entomologist from UC Riverside will train students in mid-Sept, with work anticipated to last through the fall semester, 5-10 hrs/week. Work will involve identifying insects to Order and Family mainly, with a few particular pests identified to species. Samples are from “sticky traps” deployed in Napa’s vineyards in the summer, and identifications will be made using high-quality dissecting microscopes and identification guides. Work will occur in a lab in the wildlife building.

To apply, send (1) cover letter, (2) resume or CV, and (3) list of
three references to by
Sept 1st 2023. Please use “insect sorter application” as the subject line. Questions? Contact Matt Johnson in Wildlife Room 150.

Week of August 21, 2023

Fall Permanent Fire Hire Positions: The Pacific Southwest Region is looking for a committed, hardworking, highly skilled workforce to suppress wildfires and work in fuels management on 18 National Forests located in California. The fire and aviation management program is very rewarding and requires talented people working safely as part of a team in a variety of specialized positions; including dispatch, engine crews, fire & fuels management, hand crews, helitack, interagency hotshot crews, dozer, airtanker base and prevention. The purpose of this outreach notice is to inform prospective applicants of this upcoming opportunity. Register here or scan the QR Code below for a full list of opportunities across California.  Apply on USAJOBS.  The vacancy announcements will be open for applications on August 31, 2023, and is set to close September 29, 2023.

UC Davis Microbiology Graduate Group - Virtual Admission Info Sessions - September 18 and 21, 2023:  Dear Prospective Student, We are hosting two ‘Virtual Admission Info Sessions’ next month. The two sessions are available, September 18 & 21. If you’d like to join us, please see attached or below information. These sessions are hosted by our Program Chair, Admission Committee, Program Coordinator and students. They will share information on admission application and answer any questions students have about applying to our program.  Register here by using QR code or link:

CCAT ENST123 Courses for Fall 2023!  CCAT ENST123 courses are open for enrollment! This semester, we have the opportunity to present 4 different courses that are credit/no credit, 1 unit, and student led. Any major is welcome and classes are held from September 11th to November 17th.  
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Senior Environmental Scientist position at CDFA to act as Botanist & Weed Coordinator: The Integrated Pest Control Branch at the CA Department of Food & Agriculture is recruiting to fill a Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) position located in Sacramento County to serve as botanical information resource and weed program coordinator. Under the general direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory), the incumbent performs a broad range of scientific and professional office and field duties involving the research, environmental analysis, outreach, and logistics for the Integrated Control Branch.  
More details about this position may be found on CALHR’s website directly at the link below:

Week of August 8, 2023

Full Time Environmental Project Coordinator:  Integral Ecology Research Center, located in Blue Lake, is currently offering an opportunity for a full-time Environmental Project Coordinator. The selected candidate would have an opportunity to contribute to various wildlife, conservation, watershed and ecological research projects. The opportunity is a supervisory-level position that is well suited for recent graduates who have successfully conducted and coordinated research projects. 
More info and link to employment page: 

Forest Service; Temporary Career Opportunities in California and Hawaii: The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Region 5, is hiring temporary or seasonal jobs in Hawaii and California. Temporary and seasonal jobs are great way to gain experience, work outdoors, and explore different careers.  Apply now on The vacancy announcement(s) for positions below is OPEN July 27, 2023, and is set to CLOSE August 9, 2023.  These job opportunities are OPEN to the Public.  Applicants may apply electronically through U.S. Forest Service USAJOBS Dashboard. Applicants should review the announcement carefully and ensure that their application is complete, and all required documents are filed on or before the closing date of August 9, 2023.