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.


Recreation and Natural Resources Intern (2 positions available) - US Army Corps of Engineers - Bonneville Lock and Dam Project
Season: Summer - end of Sept. 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recruiting 2 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 Resources Intern (4 positions available) - US Army Corps of Engineers - Lost Creek Lake
Season: Summer 2018

The Army Corps of Engineers is currently recruiting for four interns that will support natural resources management and interpretive programming at Army Corps Lands based at Lost Creek Lake but service sites also include other Rogue River Basin Projects including Elk Creek and Applegate Lake.

Position Description        Apply Here   

Education and Interpretation Steward​ - Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Season: Summer 2018

The National Park Service is recruiting one summer intern to provide educational and interpretation assistance at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. With seven sites on both sides of the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon, the park includes wetlands, upland forests, and coastal dunes and prairies. The Intern will serve with the interpretive and education teams within the Visitor Services Division. The park anticipates over 75,000 visitors this summer including two youth camps.

Position Description        Apply Here   

Trail Crew Intern (2 positions available) - North Cascades National Park
Season: May - Sept. 2018

The North Cascade National Park is recruiting (2) Trail Crew Interns to provide recreation and natural resource management assistance from May – September 2018. North Cascades is the largest of the three National Park Service units 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   

Conservation Education Resources Assistant - Sawtooth National Forest
Season: May - October 2018

Be in the company of wild things and rugged landscapes! Join our educational staff for an exciting experience with the Forest Service in a beautiful mountain setting within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA). The chosen naturalist will complete research, develop and present natural and cultural walks, talks and campfire programs for diverse groups of visiting youth and adults, including wilderness education (Leave No Trace) in the outdoors. One or two times a week, the candidate will dispense recreation information to the public at a ranger station. S/he will attend team meetings and staff orientations to become familiar with the Forest Service and specific SNRA goals and receive on the job training.

Position Description       See description for directions on how to apply   

Conservation Heritage Education Resource Assistant - Payette National Forest
Season: May 2018 to May 2019

This position has two components:
Discovery Agents component: continues with the development of the Discovery Agents McCall project, a “move to play and learn” mobile application for place-based education. This work will build upon the environmental education programming that was completed in the 2017-18 to implement the “Agents of Culture” theme in the software. The intern will be responsible for designing seasonal “missions” with learning “challenges” (e.g. activities) that explore heritage resources, traditional ecological knowledge, and tribal relationships with the land using the Mission Builder software package ( The intern will work with the Payette National Forest Heritage Program, local partners, Native American Tribes, and the Discovery Agents software support team to develop learning themes, collect site information using digital camera and GPS, program the challenges, beta-test the programming, and launch the missions on a seasonal basis. To broaden the learning opportunities the intern may also occasionally assist with other education or public lands management efforts in the local area, such as school field trips, youth service projects, and special events.
Heritage Program component: this component of the internship entails working within the Payette National Forest’s Heritage Program cultural and archaeological resources management. This work will involve developing and expanding on the ethnographic information for Native American cultural resources located on the Forest. This internship will entail gathering information with the help of local tribal membership and working with tribal cultural resource programs. Duties will be driven by educational interpretation and public outreach projects. Project outputs may include updated or written monographs (white papers), narratives for interpretative signs, and cultural contexts for landscapes on the Forest. Duties may also include reviewing, organizing, and synthesizing references on indigenous cultures, communities, sites, and history.

Position Description       See description for directions on how to apply   

Natural Resources Botany Stewards - AmeriCorps 675 hour - US Army Corps of Engineers
Season: May to September 2018

May to September 2018 - The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently recruiting for two positions that will support botany, natural resources, and wildlife habitat management and restoration at USACE Lands in the Willamette Valley Region of Oregon. As a botany steward you would assist with management of natural resources at the 13 reservoirs.

Position Description        Apply Here