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.

 

OPEN POSITIONS:

Natural Resource Management Intern – AmeriCorps 450 hour
​Army Corps of Engineers – The Dalles Lock and Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recruiting one summer intern to provide natural resource management assistance at The Dalles Lock and Dam Project in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. The Corps manages one visitor center and nine parks. The area is located in the eastern section of the Columbia River Gorge including parts of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It is famous for its variety of outdoor recreation ranging from fishing, boating, biking, windsurfing, kite boarding, paddle boarding and hiking. The intern will assist Natural Resource Specialist/Ranger staff with natural resource management tasks such as trail monitoring and improvements, the management of plant and wildlife habitats, and greeting visitors in the visitor center.

Position Description        Apply Here 
 

Cultural Resources – AmeriCorps 450 hour
​Army Corps of Engineers – Fern Ridge Lake

Summer 2017 - The Army Corps of Engineers is currently recruiting for one position that will support archeology and cultural resources at Army Corps Lands in the Willamette Valley Region. These people will assist in the management of cultural resources at the 13 reservoirs in the Willamette Valley Region. Major duties are related to assisting in field surveys for identification and recording of prehistoric and historic archeological sites, monitoring known sites for protection damage assessment, and other management activities. The crew members may assist in archival and background research, data collection, curation activities, educational outreach, site testing, and artifact illustration.

Position Description        Apply Here 
 

Natural Resources Botany Steward – AmeriCorps 450 hour
​Army Corps of Engineers – Fern Ridge Lake

Summer 2017 - The Army Corps of Engineers is currently recruiting for two positions that will support botany, natural resources, and wildlife habitat management and restoration at Army Corps Lands in the Willamette Valley Region. These people will assist with management of natural resources at the 13 reservoirs in the Willamette Valley Region. Major duties are related to monitoring and management of plants and wildlife habitat. While working closely with USACE staff, the people in this position will assist with monitoring endangered plant species including Willamette Daisy and Kincaid’s lupine, making plant species lists, surveying for sensitive plant species, and surveying for aquatic plant species. Additional duties will include assisting with an invasive plant removal effort including manual treatments, assisting with nursery and greenhouse operations, collecting and processing seed, assisting with wildlife surveys, entering data, processing plant collections, serving as point of contact for youth crew work, and other duties as assigned.

Position Description        Apply Here
 

Natural Resources Wildlife Steward – AmeriCorps 450 hour
​Army Corps of Engineers – Fern Ridge Lake

Summer 2017 - The Army Corps of Engineers is currently recruiting for one position that will support wildlife, natural resources, and habitat management and restoration at Army Corps Lands in the Willamette Valley Region. These people will assist with management of natural resources at the 13 reservoirs in the Willamette Valley Region. Major duties are related to monitoring and management of wildlife and wildlife habitat. While working closely with USACE staff, the people in this position will assist with monitoring of sensitive wildlife species including Western pond turtle, purple martin, black tern, Western grebe, and Clark’s grebe. Additional duties may include assisting with an invasive plant removal effort including manual treatments, assisting with nursery and greenhouse operations, collecting seed, assisting with botany surveys, entering data, processing plant collections, serving as point of contact for youth crew work, and other duties as assigned.

Position Description        Apply Here 

 

Park Ranger (Interpretation) Outreach and Education Intern
​Olympic National Park Division of Interpretation and Education

The intern will work with the Outreach and Education Specialist delivering environmental education programs for school children. The intern 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

Position Description        Apply Here   

 

Trail Crew Internships (two positions available)
AmeriCorps 900 hour National Park Service North Cascades National Park Marblemount, WA

The North Cascade National Park is recruiting (2) Trail Crew Interns to provide recreation and natural resource management assistance from May – October 2017. North Cascades National Park is the largest of the three National Park Service units North Cascades National Park, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area and Ross Lake National Recreation Area which comprise the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Several national wilderness areas and British Columbia parkland adjoin North Cascades. The selected interns will work shoulder to shoulder with the Parks professional trails staff to complete annual trail maintenance and construction on portions of a 360 mile trail system, which includes the maintenance of 100 backcountry camps. Interns will have an opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of park employees representing almost all park programs.

Position Description        Apply Here