McKinleyville Land Trust

Williams College CES Summer Internship Program

To Whom It May Concern:

The McKinleyville Land Trust is interested in having a summer intern to assist the all-volunteer board with a variety of tasks including:

  • developing interpretive talks for our three properties,
  • coordinating and leading volunteer work days at properties,
  • developing website content and updating the website and social media outlets,
  • updating and expanding the current mailing list,
  • developing volunteer lists,
  • updating records on existing properties,
  • researching and applying for grant funding, and
  • assisting with required documentation for the Land Trust Alliance accreditation program.

Though we have many ideas, this internship can be largely self-directed to focus on whatever interests the student. The dates of the internship are flexible depending on intern availability. We are looking for someone to spend 4–8 weeks with us sometime between June and August.

The McKinleyville Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of our local open spaces for their ecological, historical, agricultural, educational, recreational and scenic values. It was started in 1994 because of local residents’ response to the development of a shopping center in McKinleyville, California and its potential impacts on the adjacent Mill Creek. The McKinleyville Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operated by an all-volunteer board of directors which relies on donations and fundraising to raise money to cover the cost of keeping its three parcels open to the public.

There are several options for affordable housing locally including renting a room from a board member and sub-leasing apartments from current students at Humboldt State University (located 7 miles south of McKinleyville). There is also the potential for on-campus housing at Humboldt State. We would love to work with the intern to determine what would best suit their needs and budget. Public transportation in the area is limited – it is recommended that the intern have their own means of transportation, but it is not a requirement of the position.

McKinleyville is located in a scenic, remote area on the coast of Northern California approximately 5 hours north of San Francisco just north of the city of Eureka. The community has close ties to the surrounding environment including miles of wild, open coastline and preserves of ancient redwoods located just 20 miles north at Redwood National Park. Just inland are several rivers that provide white-water rafting, fishing, and many swimming opportunities.Please apply by sending a resume and cover letter to: [email protected].

Though electronic submissions are preferred, you can also mail your application to:

McKinleyville Land Trust

Attn: Summer Internship

P.O. Box 2723

McKinleyville, CA 95519

If you would like more information about the internship or the McKinleyville Land Trust, please contact Emily Teraoka at 707.845.5349 or [email protected]. You can also visit our website: or our facebook page:

We look forward to hearing from you.



Emily Teraoka

Treasurer for the Board of Directors

Williams Class of 1999