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.


Natural Resources Steward
AmeriCorps 675 hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Siuslaw National Forest | Siuslaw National Forest headquarters in Corvallis, OR,

The Army Corps of Engineers is recruiting 1 intern to provide natural resource management and community outreach assistance with the Recreation Operations section of the Willamette Valley Project (WVP) for the Army Corps of Engineers. WVP is a large water resource project responsible for operating 13 dams and managing natural resources and recreation in the lakes and surrounding lands at nearly 30,000 acres in the Willamette, McKenzie, and Santiam watersheds. The Intern will serve with the Cottage Grove Recreation Operations Section to improve recreational trails while also providing environmental interpretation and outreach activities to the public. Cottage Grove Dam and Reservoir is located at river mile 29 of the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, about five miles south of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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Community Engagement Resource Steward
AmeriCorps 1,700 hour | Army Corps of Engineers | Cottage Grove Lake Cottage, Oregon

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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