Aerial view of SBCC West Campus with the EBS building in the middle

Employment and Internships

Positions in the department and on campus, employers within the community, and summer internships.

On Campus Employment

A. In the Department

In spring 2023, the department is likely to need a few reliable and hard working individuals to work with the lab techs as student lab assistants.  Come by the Biology office, EBS 212, sometime in November to learn more about being a student lab assistant. In addition,  individual instructors hire readers and tutors for their classes. Ask your instructors about these opportunities.

  • 1. Readers
    Faculty may hire readers to assist with reading and grading course assignments, quizzes and exams. If you did well in a class, consider asking the instructor if he or she is looking for a reader for the following semester. 

  • 2. Tutors
    In Fall 2022, as more classes return to campus,  there will be more tutoring held on campus and less by Zoom. Zoom tutoring will continue for fully online classes. If you want to work as a Zoom tutor, it is important that you have the necessary resources - access to a web cam, a laptop and a reliable internet connection. If you're interested in working as a tutor for a class that you excelled in, contact your instructor. If you're chosen as a tutor, please complete your hiring paperwork promptly so you can start helping students in the first weeks of the semester. You can complete your hiring paperwork over the summer for work in the fall semester and at the end of fall semester to tutor in the spring.
    Tutor Hiring Information

  • 3. Student Lab Assistants
    Student Lab Assistants help the lab technicians with the set up. break down, and clean up of the student labs in the lab rooms.

B. On Campus

It is not too early to look for a job for next semester.  The Campus Bookstore and the Cafeteria both hire students. Ask about these openings in the Bookstore. Some departments post job openings on SBCC's Job Connection. Local employers will also post listings with the Job Connection. Access this service by logging into Pipeline. Under the "Student" tab, choose "Student Resources". In the "Student Resources" section on the bottom right of the web page, select "Jobs & Internships (Job Connection)".  

Employers within the community

  • Look in the Education section in the Craigslist job postings. 

  • The three goals of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden are:
    I. Plants: Study, protect, and restore California’s native plants and habitats to support a healthy environment.
    II. People: Create a diverse community of people who actively support California’s native plants and habitats.
    III. Place: Provide outstanding stewardship of the Garden’s land, collections, historic features, and infrastructure; cultivating a special place for everyone.
    The Garden offers a variety of ways to volunteer and sometimes offers internships and apprenticeshipsCurrent job opportunities

  • "The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks individuals who want to make a difference in the natural world and our community. People who want to work together to further our goals of scientific research, education, collaboration with each other, the community, and other partnering organizations. If you are looking for a place that values these qualities then you have come to right place! Science and nature bring us together, collaboration and inclusion makes us stronger. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and are committed to ensure all applicants and employees receive equal and fair consideration and treatment."
    Current job opportunities

  • "The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. Main job classifications include guest services entry level, animal care, skilled worker, educational, and general business positions. Most positions require some related experience and/or an educational background in a related field. If offered employment at the Zoo, you must be able to present proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States. The busiest recruitment period occurs a month before the spring and summer school breaks; most positions available at this time are seasonal, entry-level positions and seasonal Zoo Camp positions."
    Current job listings

  • The Parks and Recreation department hires camp counselors for its summer programs and hires drivers for its youth buses all year. The City also hires Downtown Ambassadors and Parking Lot Attendants.  Job opportunities are linked from this page. They also offer volunteer opportunities.

  • "Grounded in world-class science and technology– and rooted in communities–the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service connects people to nature and to each other. As a Federal agency in service to the American people, the Forest Service cares for shared natural resources in ways that promote lasting economic, ecological, and social vitality. In doing this, the agency supports nature in sustaining life."
    Job Opportunities with the USFS

  • Jobs for students and seasonal employment can be found on job boards such as, LinkedIn,, and Craigslist . SBCC's Career Center hosts the Job Connection. This is a database of hourly positions and internships offered by local and national organizations. 

Local Non Profits

  • "Channel Islands Restoration protects rare and endangered plants and animals by restoring habitat in sensitive and unique natural areas on the California Channel Islands and adjacent mainland. We educate a variety of groups about the value of native habitat and how to protect it." 
    Employment and Internships        Volunteer

  • "Since 1970, CEC has incubated and innovated real life environmental solutions that directly affect the California Central Coast. Our current work advances rapid and equitable solutions to the climate crisis – including ambitious zero carbon goals, drawdown of excess carbon, and protection against the impacts of climate change. Our programs lead to clean vehicles, solar energy, resilient food systems and reduction of single-use plastic."
    Jobs and Internships

  • "The Environmental Defense Center protects and enhances the environment of California's south central coast through education, advocacy, and legal action."
  • "Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit located in Santa Barbara, California. We work with over 30,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens."
    Current Job Openings             Volunteer Opportunities

  • Growing Solutions Restoration Education Institute’s mission is to build environmental and societal sustainability through hands-on education. Our programs focus on the integration of self-reliant technology coupled with agricultural, watershed, and resource management projects. Students study real-world issues using a theme-based educational setting gaining a sense of stewardship and practical real-world job skills.
    Volunteer, internship, and job opportunities

  • "Heal the Ocean focuses on wastewater infrastructure – sewers and septic systems – as well as ocean dumping practices that have contributed to ocean pollution. We are focused on Santa Barbara County, but our methods are now serving as a model for other coastal communities across the country. "

  • "The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has helped to preserve over 27,000 acres of natural resource and agricultural land, including the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Sedgwick Reserve, Carpinteria Bluffs, Coronado Butterfly Preserve, Point Sal, Carpinteria Salt Marsh and several ranches on the Gaviota Coast."
    Current Job Openings        Volunteer Opportunities        Internships

  • "Los Padres ForestWatch protects wildlife, wilderness, water, and sustainable access throughout the Los Padres National Forest and the Carrizo Plain National Monument. We achieve this through education, advocacy, and when necessary, legal action for the benefit of our communities, climate, and future generations."      Current Job openings and internships.       Volunteer Opportunities

  • Santa Barbara Channelkeeper is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds. Through science-based advocacy, education, field work and enforcement, Channelkeeper defends our community’s right to clean water and informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act for our waterways.
    Volunteer Opportunities

  • WYP envisions teaching the next generation to be peaceful, respectful and confident stewards of our world.  We take our participants to resource-rich locations such as the creeks, beaches, mountain trails, and open spaces in Santa Barbara’s abundant front country. Our core routines include child-centered exploration, awareness, and the building of naturalist skills. We use a nature-based mentoring curriculum that combines experience in nature with a hands-on learning process. We also teach the “Principles of Peace,” which focus on conflict resolution, communication and peacemaking. The improved outcomes we have tracked for our participants include individual growth and self-assurance, interpersonal skills, physical competence and an increased respect for the natural world.
    Current Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities        

Summer Internships

Search for an internship the same way as you would search for any job - tap into your network, use personal referrals and target companies that interest you. Use job boards to search for internships as well as the websites that specialize in internships. A Google search for "find a summer internship" will bring up many options. One example is the Clegg website which offers information on the internship process and a guide to finding a summer internship. This Forbes article (from 2015) lists their 10 best websites for finding internships.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project and works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. 

    By using the web page, Search for an REU Site, to examine opportunities in the subject areas supported by various NSF units. You can also search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location. Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. NSF does not have application materials and does not select student participants. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site.

    Most REU application deadlines are in February. In many instances community college students are welcome to apply. If it does not say so specifically in the REU description, email the contact person and ask.

  • Students will participate in an 8-week immersive experience at UC Santa Barbara. Fellows will join a lab and work on an on-going research project. Stipends up to $5k will cover lodging and subsistence. Each partnering campus will organize and support an annual cohort of highly motivated students by engaging them in data science education and outreach activities outside of their normally required coursework. Fellows receive a stipend, paid directly from the NSF HDR grant. We are targeting current sophomores and juniors and aim for a diverse and inclusive cohort. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. We are committed to promoting diversity in all areas of data science. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Many internships and seasonal jobs are filled at the park level so contact the park that you are interested in working at.  Also look at the website. Volunteer positions in National Parks are listed on the website and advertised at the park level. Internships are listed on this website. Scroll down for the list.