young conservationists

In 2014 the Mendocino Land Trust began an annual and evolving summer internship program to provide hands-on educational opportunities for students interested in conservation. In recent summers, donor funding has enabled multi-student internships, providing environments that vibrantly showcase the value of teamwork and experiential diversity.

Click here to apply for a 2024 internship!

Enjoy this inspiring video made by one of our interns during summer 2021:

In 2021 interns included Finn Newman from Reed College joined us as the Paul Siegel Conservation Intern as well as Fort Bragg locals Tauren Brown (maker of this video) and Esme Plascencia, our first Latino Outdoors Outreach Intern.

Since it began, this program has hosted 14 students — and with your support, we will look forward to hosting many more. The MLT team gains inspiration and young energy from our interns and they gain valuable hands-on conservation experience in the form of a paid internship that will prepare them for future environmental work.

Please consider donating in support of the work MLT does to prepare future generation for conservation work.

The Paul Siegel Conservation Internship

MLT internships provide opportunities for college-age students to gain critical experience in stewardship and resource protection work. One of our supporters has set up an annual paid internship through his alma mater, Reed College.

Past Interns


  • Khalil Laltoo – Reed College
  • Mia Sloane – Oregon State University


  • Tauren Brown – Digital Outreach Intern – Fort Bragg Local
  • Esme Plascencia – Latino Outdoors Outreach Intern – Fort Bragg Local
  • Finn Newman – Paul Siegel Salmon Restoration Intern – Reed College


Joseph Cofresi – Conservation Intern from Humboldt State University – Now works for California State Parks

Tory Cattaneo – Conservation Intern from Humboldt State University

Nancy McWilliams – Reed College


  • Marisa McGrew – Cal Poly Humboldt
  • Clare Brase – Reed College
  • Maggie Davies – Reed College


  • Emily Clark – Reed College
  • Lance Spence – California Council of Land Trusts
  • Clarke Stevenson – California Council of Land Trusts

What is Lance doing now?


Three teens smiling and holding arms over a newly constructed trail
  • Linden Mullins – Reed College


  • Garrett Linck – Reed College


  • Emily Merfeld – Reed College

Please donate so we can continue to train the next generation of conservationists!

How do I become a MLT intern?

If you are interested in learning more about MLT internship possibilities, please email Tell us a little about yourself and what you are hoping to learn. Most of our internships take the form of a ten-week programs between June and August but other arrangements may be possible.