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.
OPEN RESOURCE ASSISTANT POSITIONS:
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: https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/volunteers/resource-assistants-program
Please note the application instructions for each Resource Assistant position on the last page of the linked PDF descriptions!
Youth and Community Engagement Specialist
United States Forest Service | Portland, OR
Application Deadline: Sunday, September 29th
Through a partnership with Northwest Youth Corps, the selected applicant will support the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Regional Office in the management of youth and community engagement projects and in conducting culturally relevant and responsive programming. These efforts will focus on expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in youth and community engagement programs; creating contemporary, multicultural environmental education content for the Region’s 17 administrative units; planning, coordinating, and delivering youth and community engagement events in the Portland Metro Area; and aiding in the coordination of volunteer opportunities. This is an immersive professional internship that requires a skillful and confident applicant who can manage a portfolio of work with the support of permanent staff.
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.
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.