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 and Idaho Conservation 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 and Idaho Conservation Corps. 





Fire Recovery Specialists - Santiam State Forest (3 Positions)
Trailkeepers of Oregon | Salem, OR


Application deadline: March 21, 2021

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - early applications are encouraged


Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is recruiting three interns to provide fire recovery assessments, restoration, and maintenance assistance on trails at the Santiam State Forest in response to the wildfires of 2020. We are seeking candidates interested in pursuing careers in public lands management and have a desire to work outdoors by engaging the public in trail stewardship experiences. 


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AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. AmeriCorps positions include an Education Award upon successful completion of a term of service. To learn more, please visit



Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist - Field Coordinator
Twin Rivers Charter School | Eugene, OR


Application deadline: March 7, 2021


The Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps Individual Placement is both highly demanding and highly rewarding serving high school students identified as at risk of academic failure and/or present behavioral challenges. Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialists spend most of their time in direct contact with students, either providing direct student instruction in small groups in a classroom setting, providing environmental education in the field, or facilitating conservation-based, service-learning projects.


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Resource Management and Visitor Services AmeriCorps Members (2 Positions)
Lewis and Clark NHP | Astoria, OR


Application deadline: April 9, 2021


The National Park Service is recruiting two multi-divisional individual placement AmeriCorps members to work both in resource management and interpretation & education 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. While working with the park’s restoration team within the Resource Management Division, the members will primarily be assisting with invasive plant control. In the Visitor Service Division, which includes education, the members will learn interpretive methods and offer costumed programs at Fort Clatsop, act as counselors for a virtual youth camp and possibly lead hikes and kayak trips for the public, depending upon pandemic precautions.


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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. Preference will be given to the selection of individuals who are enrolled in an institution of higher education or are recent graduates from an institution of higher education, with particular attention given to ensure full representation of women and participants from historically black, Hispanic, and Native American schools.To learn more about the program, visit:



Community Engagement Specialist
Mt. Hood National Forest | Sandy, OR


Application deadline: February 28, 2021


The Mt. Hood National Forest seeks a bilingual or multilingual resource assistant to work in the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sandy, Oregon. The selected applicant will support the Mt. Hood National Forest in creating, coordinating, and delivering community engagement activities. This position will help the forest more effectively engage the public during fire recovery work and help increase public knowledge of natural resources, wildfire safety, and responsible recreation practices.


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Arhcitectural Historian Resource Assistant
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest | Naches, WA


Application deadline: April 4, 2021


The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest seeks an Architectural Historian Resource Assistant to work in the Public Services Staff Area in Naches, Washington. The selected applicant will play a key role in supporting and growing the heritage program on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This position will focus on field surveys within developed recreation sites and along trails, as well as within future forest vegetation management areas.


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Latinx Community Engagement Coordinator
Willamette National Forest | Westfir, OR


Application deadline: April 11, 2021


The Willamette National Forest seeks a Latinx Community Engagement Coordinator Resource Assistant. 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 Middle Fork Ranger Station, promote equitable outdoor opportunities, participate in community events, coordinate family-friendly field trips, improve cultural relevancy of interpretive programming, and evaluate outreach opportunities and approaches.


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Recreation Program Resource Assistant
Payette National Forest | McCall, ID


Application deadline: April 11, 2021

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis - early applications are encouraged


This position will work in conjunction with various employees within the Krassel Ranger District Recreation, Wilderness, Trails and Noxious Weeds Programs. Work will consist of assisting ongoing day-to-day operations and maintenance activities, maintaining all district infrastructure, conducting monitoring work and writing reports on season long data acquisition results. Opportunities will be made available to participate in every facet of the Krassel Recreation, Wilderness, Trails and Noxious Weeds programs so that the intern can obtain as full an exposure to running a program as can be provided.


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Conservation Education Resource Assistant
Salmon-Challis National Forest | Challis, ID


Application deadline: April 11, 2021


The Forest Service partners with Idaho State Parks and Recreation, Land of the Yankee Fork Historical Association (Custer), and the Dredge Historical Association to interpret and preserve the settlement and mining history in the Yankee Fork River drainage. The ghost town of Custer as well as the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge receive thousands of visitors each year, making this area among the Forest’s busiest (if not the busiest) day use sites. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, this intern will be at the town site to assist volunteers, Forest, and State personnel in welcoming visitors and interpreting the history of the area for them. Tours as well as a slide show are provided to all visitors. Site interpreters also spend countless hours teaching the art of gold panning to young and old alike.


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


Applications are not currently being accepted for this position. If interested, please reach out to Brad Cownover, USFS Regional Landscape Architect, at for more information.


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.


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Submit Your Application

Please use the following form to submit your application. If there are no open positions, you may submit an incomplete application and follow-up with an email to to request more information.



For questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact the Internship Program Officer:

Andrew Tagge
(541) 357-8210