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:

2017 Education & Outreach Internship – 6 Month Position
​Craters
of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

The intern will communicate with the public and educational groups about the natural and cultural resources of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (CRMO). The intern would staff the visitor center and provide orientation and information about CRMO and the National Park Service including recreational opportunities and park regulations. The intern will also provide interpretive opportunities to the visiting public and educational programs to students focusing on the significance of volcanic resources at CRMO. This will include leading guided cave walks and hikes, giving formal presentations, and roving trails.

Position Description        See position description for how to apply.


Tribal Liaison – 10 Month Position
​Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

The Tribal Liaison is a Resource Assistant Program (RAP) internship. RAP is a rigorous, immersive work and learning experience that provides developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers, and allows for meaningful contribution to the agency’s mission.
The Tribal Liaison will be responsible for working with the U.S. Forest Service and local Native American tribes to build mutually beneficial partnerships through culturally significant projects on national forest lands. Many of the Pointe Elliott Treaty Tribes are based in the greater Puget Sound area, providing a unique opportunity to develop community engagement initiatives to support priority conservation education, recreation and restoration efforts that are significant to both the U.S. Forest Service and Tribes..

Position Description        See position description for how to apply.
 

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

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recruiting 3 summer interns to provide recreation and natural resource management assistance at Bonneville Lock and Dam Project in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington. The Corps manages three visitor centers, Fort Cascades National Historic Site Trail, five day use areas, two wildlife management units. The area is located in the heart 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. Duties will include working in a natural resource program. The intern will assist Natural Resource Specialist/Ranger staff with recreation and natural resource management tasks such as interpretive programs, outreach events, trail monitoring and the management of plant and wildlife habitats.

Position Description        Apply Here 
 

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