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.




GIS Specialist (Trails/Recreation)
United States Forest Service, Visit Tillamook Coast, Tillamook County Wellness | Hebo, OR

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open for applications until filled.

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), US Forest Service, Visit Tillamook Coast, and Tillamook County Wellness have partnered to implement a unique program focused on developing an inventory of all trails and other recreation resources in Tillamook County. We seek a candidate who possesses strong skills and interest in geographic information systems, natural resource management, and community engagement with commitment to equity and inclusion in all aspects of work. The Tillamook County GIS specialist internship serves with US Forest Service (Siuslaw National Forest – Hebo Ranger District) and Northwest Youth Corps to coordinate gathering and inputting data across multiple land ownership areas to create a geodatabase of all trails and other recreational assets throughout Tillamook County. 

When applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references.


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The Resource Assistants Program is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship program for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Through direct training, experience, and exposure, Resource Assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers. Upon completion of a Resource Assistant term, interns are eligible to receive Direct Hire Authority with the United States Forest Service. To learn more about the program, visit:

Please note the application instructions for each Resource Assistant position on the last page of the linked PDF descriptions!


Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator
United States Forest Service | Corvallis, OR

Application Deadline: Friday, November 8th 

The Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator will work with the Communications and Community Engagement team to develop a community engagement program and facilitate opportunities that connect diverse populations to public lands. Specifically, the coordinator will conduct outreach to community organizations with a focus on engaging traditionally underserved youth and families and develop nature and career programs in partnership with the community organizations.

Programs will primarily take place on the Siuslaw National Forest and other local parks and nearby public lands. The overarching goals of this position are to establish strong relationships with community groups serving traditionally underserved youth and families, co-lead programs with these community groups that facilitate fun and meaningful, safe outdoor activities for underserved youth and families, inspire youth to pursue natural resources careers, and empower everyone to enjoy the myriad benefits of public lands. Furthermore, the coordinator will also conduct outreach to support local engagement in NYC programs and activities.


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Landscape Architect/Sustainable Recreation Planner
United States Forest Service | Several Duty Locations

Priority Consideration Application Deadline: Sunday, June 30th

The year 2019 marks the centennial of the first landscape architect and recreation professional hired to work for the US Forest Service, Arthur Carhart. In celebration of that milestone and to prepare for the next 100 years, a national effort is underway to utilize the Resource Assistants Program to create a cadre of landscape architecture-sustainable recreation resource assistants (RA) across the country known as the Carhart Centennial Corps. In partnership with the US Forest Service, Northwest Youth Corps is recruiting resource assistant positions to assist forest units across the Pacific Northwest Region in providing landscape architecture, sustainable recreation and scenery management services.  It is anticipated that more than one position will be filled and that more than one location in the region will serve as the duty station.

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with several Priority Consideration deadlines. 


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