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.


Youth Engagement Strategy Program Manager - Willamette National Forest
Season: Summer 2018 -Spring 2019

This is a 10 month, full-time work experience from June 2018 to March 2019. The Resource Assistant will be responsible for working with the U.S. Forest Service and Northwest Youth Corps to formalize a robust youth and community engagement strategy for the forest, promote equitable outdoor opportunities, participate in community events, co-coordinate family-friendly field trips, improve cultural relevancy of interpretive programming, and evaluate outreach opportunities and approaches.

Position Description       See description for directions on how to apply   

Resource Management Assistant - Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Season: Summer 2018

The National Park Service is recruiting 1 intern to provide natural resource management 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 park’s restoration team within the Resource Management Division. The team is currently implementing and monitoring projects to actively restore wetlands and temperate forests.

Position Description        Apply Here