Conservation Internship Program

The Conservation Internship Program is designed to provide hands on training and experience to those interested in pursuing employment with land and water resource management agencies, and other outdoor careers. The program is a cooperative effort designed to address community, environmental, and resource management projects.  Through this program, public agencies and community organizations host a Conservation Intern to directly address pressing community resource needs for a three to ten month period.  Northwest Youth Corps supports the partnership by supplying placement, administrative, and training support.

Conservation Interns may work on the following types of projects:

   •      Improve and Restore Public Lands and Waters
   •      Habitat Restoration & Impact Mitigation
   •      Invasive Species Inventory and Treatment
   •      Trail Maintenance and Recreation Infrastructure
   •     Natural Resource Data Collection

The Internship program is an effective way for Federal, State, and Municipal agencies and Non-profit organizations to harness the passion and energy of interested in natural resources.  The program engages the citizen stewards of tomorrow on projects that will help them learn, grow, and gain valuable experience.

Below are the internship positions available with Northwest Youth Corps. We also offer positions through Idaho Conservation Corps, view internships in Idaho here.


Outreach and Education Intern
AmeriCorps 900 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Olympic National Park | Port Angeles, WA

Two interns will work with the Outreach and Education Specialist at Olympic National Park, delivering environmental education programs for school children. The interns will also work at various community events staffing the park’s exhibit booth and answering questions about Olympic National Park. Depending on the interests and abilities of the selected candidate there are opportunities to work on various projects – including website work, multi-media presentations, etc.

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Community Engagement Resources Steward
AmeriCorps 1,700 hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Siuslaw National Forest | Siuslaw National Forest in Corvallis, OR

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) and Siuslaw National Forest have partnered to achieve the dual goals of 1) increasing access to meaningful outdoor experiences, and 2) increasing interest in natural resource careers and public land management, specifically for traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. We seek an AmeriCorps candidate to serve in the Outdoor Ambassador program, who has experience with outdoor recreation, community engagement, conservation education, and event planning. The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, have a degree in a relevant field, demonstrate an ability to work independently, possess strong written and oral communication skills, and a passion for stewardship. Both NYC and Siuslaw National Forest will provide oversight of this position.

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Outreach Educator/Youth Development Specialist
AmeriCorps 900 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Twin Rivers Charter School | Eugene, OR

The Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps member opportunity is both highly demanding and highly rewarding, working with high school students identified as at risk of academic failure and/or presenting behavioral challenges. Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps members spend most of their time in direct contact with students, either doing direct student instruction in small groups in a classroom setting, providing environmental education in the field, or facilitating conservation-based, service-learning projects.

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