The NEC is Hiring!

The NEC is currently accepting applications for an Office Support and Program Coordinator. Under the direction of the Administrative & Development Director, the Office Support and Programs Coordinator helps with the day to day operations of the NEC through operational, administrative and program coordination support. For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE.


Internships and Volunteer Positions


Throughout the year, there are a variety of opportunities to volunteer with the NEC to help us continue our important work for our forests, coasts, rivers, and communities. For 45 years, the NEC has relied on the energy and commitment of our volunteers to achieve goals that would not be possible without your help!

You, too, can contribute to these goals with the gift of your time. Tasks range from small yet helpful tasks, such as delivery of EcoNews, to those that require special skills or a longer-term commitment, like website upgrading.



Coastal Programs & Cleanups

Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers - Sign up to lead a team or join an existing team to clean a beach or waterway on International Coastal Cleanup Day in September. CLICK HERE for more information, or CLICK HERE to sign up.

Adopt-a-Beach Volunteers - Sign up to adopt and clean a designated beach or waterway 3+ times a year. CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up, or email

Adopt-a-Block Volunteers - Sign up to adopt and clean a designated block in Arcata. Visit the Adopt-a Block page HERE to find more information or to sign up.


EcoNews and Graphic Design

EcoNews Distribution - Deliver copies of EcoNews to area locations convenient to you! We need your help to get EcoNews out to our readers! EcoNews is published every other month and we need your help to keep the paper in stock around the region.

EcoNews Production - Interested in journalism or print production? Help get EcoNews ready for print! Write, edit, and/or proofread articles (good writing skills required, experience with Word preferred), or assist with layout of the print edition in Adobe InDesign (InDesign experience required).

Graphic Design - Create a variety of visual digital graphics for use on our website and social media, and print materials for tabling and educational purposes. Experience with Photoshop,  Illustrator, or InDesign required. Interpretive skills are a plus!

Office Assistance and Event Planning

Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator - Help us herd our cats! Well, we don't really have cats, but we could use some help coordinating volunteers and spreading the word about our events.

Event Assistance - The NEC has regulary fundraisers, movie nights, and other fun events. To volunteer your time, sign up for our volunteer email list by clicking the link below and stay up to date on upcoming events.


For more information about any of these opportunities, contact

CLICK HERE to sign up on our Volunteer email list for notifications of opportunities as they arise.

We look forward to hearing from you!




We take interns in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. We have already hired our Fall interns, but feel free to contact us about internships in the Spring. Internships are open to students and non-students. (Students interested in college internship credit would need to consult with their course or major advisors to determine requirements). 

Coastal Program Internship Help coordinate Coastal Cleanup Day, Adopt-a-Beach, and our other long-standing coastal programs. For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE

EcoNews Archive Internship - Help with our ongoing efforts to digitize our 40+ years of historical EcoNews for an online archive. This is an important project that chronicles environmental journalism and activism in our bioregion! For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE.

EcoNews Journalism Internship - CLICK HERE for details

GIS Internship - Want to apply your GIS skills? Assist the NEC by making maps and organizing data using the information collected from our coastal programs. For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE.

Special Projects Internship - Someone needed to help coordinate occasional special events, including pre-planning, ticket-takers, setup and cleanup, tabling, and more. This is a great way to network and meet fellow environmentalists! For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE.

Website Redesign Internship - Projects available for those with Drupal/html/css skills, and for those interested in just learning some basics. Lots to do here, and our web-woman could use some help! For more information and to find out how to apply click HERE.

Are you a student looking to fulfill internship requirements and are interested in working with the NEC? Contact us to discuss your options at