Internships and Volunteers

groundtruthing-knobInternship Opportunities with the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC)

EPIC is a non-profit, environmental law watchdog organization that advocates for science-based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests. We use conservation science, education, public outreach, grassroots organizing and political pressure to achieve our goals. Click here to receive updates about opportunities with EPIC!

Environmental Law Summer 2020 Extern Opportunity:

Come spend a summer defending California’s redwood coast! The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) is seeking passionate law students interested in a career in public interest environmental law. 

Since 1977, EPIC has advocated for the protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests. A core component of EPIC’s conservation work depends on strategic litigation and administrative rulemaking. EPIC is unique among small environmental organizations—it conducts much of their legal work in-house. EPIC has a history of precedent setting cases, including Marbled Murrelet v. Babbit (ESA take case) and EPIC v. Johnson (forestry cumulative effects). 

Legal externs will conduct legal research and write legal memoranda in support of EPIC’s ongoing litigation and to help develop future cases. Externs will work closely with EPIC’s in-house counsel on a variety of federal and California environmental laws including the Endangered Species Act, California Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Forest Management Action, National Environmental Policy Act, Healthy Forest Restoration Act, California Forest Practice Act and Forest Practice Rules, and more. We anticipate a healthy litigation schedule for this summer and we need your help! 

Compensation: The position is unpaid. If this presents a hardship, some resources may be made available. 

To Apply: Please send a resume, a cover letter detailing your interest in environmental law, and two writing samples to Tom Wheeler ([email protected]). 1Ls are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline. 

Ongoing Internships

Outreach and Communications:

  • Campaigns and organizing – Work with EPIC’s Outreach Department to organize activists at the local, regional, and state level. Reach out to targeted constituencies to get people involved in campaigns. Recruit activists by organizing and participating in campaign actions and events. Table at festivals, the Co-Op and Arcata Farmer’s Market.
  • Graphic design, artists or videography – Graphic Design: Create outreach materials such as posters, mailers, design templates etc. Videographers: help create short films, documentaries and YouTube videos. Story-tellers: help tell the story about the importance of forest conservation. Work with other interns to develop films, articles, newsletters, etc.
  • Digital and social media: Facebook, Twitter & Instragram – Develop and maintain EPIC’s social media accounts and online presence.

A background in conservation science, environmental law, policy, natural resource planning, and forestry is not required, but encouraged upon application.

EPIC requires a good sense of humor.

Application process

Please submit a cover letter explaining:

  • Why you want to work with EPIC
  • What your career aspirations are and how this internship would help you achieve your goals
  • How much time you can commit to an EPIC internship (hours/days per week for how many weeks)
  • Describe your relevant skills

Include: resumé and original writing sample (no group papers and less than 4-pages).

Email to [email protected] and [email protected] A staff person will get back to you within 7-business days. Depending on the applicant’s skills, level of commitment and organizational capacity, discrete projects/tasks will be assigned based on EPIC’s needs.


Volunteers are needed throughout the year to help support events, fundraising appeals and other routine office tasks. No academic skills required, only a willingness to help. Tasks may include: hanging posters (car needed), handwriting envelopes, data entry, working events (bartending, serving, set-up, clean-up, security, door, etc). Please contact: Rhiannon Lewis-Stephenson, [email protected], or call 707-822-7711 and we’ll add you to our volunteer list and contact you as needed.