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.


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

The Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps internship 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. We are recruiting for 3 positions for the 2019-2020 school year, each with a unique focus, detailed in the following links:

Culinary and Nutrition Coordinator

Special Events/Outdoor School Coordinator

Field Coordinators (2 Vacancies)

If you are interested, please Apply Now. When applying, please be sure to provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references and please specify which specific position(s) you are applying for within your cover letter, i.e. "Culinary and Nutrition Coordinator".


Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) Education Coordinator Resource Assistant​
United States Forest Service | Siuslaw National Forest - Waldport, OR

Through a partnership with Northwest Youth Corps, the Resource Assistant will support the Siuslaw National Forest by engaging individuals and communities in natural resource management issues as well as career opportunities at both NYC and the U.S. Forest Service.  The purpose of this position is to enhance education and outreach services to school and community youth organizations in order to better connect youth to the resources of the Siuslaw National Forest. While engaging all grade levels, the project will specifically target both 4th grade and underserved populations.  The project will support work with partners and teachers to design a wider range of curriculum to meet Next Generation Science Standards, STEM learning components, with a goal to inspire students to become future stewards of our public lands. New education programs will be designed to meet the current needs of local schools and directly relate to current U.S. Forest Service missions and programs.  Education will emphasize the Siuslaw’s restoration objectives and the role of U.S. Forest Service.

Please note the application instructions included on the last page of the following PDF Description.

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

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.

The Resource Assistants Program is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship 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. To learn more about the program, visit:

Please note the application instructions included on the last page of the following PDF Description. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with several Priority Consideration deadlines. The current Priority Consideration deadline is Sunday, June 30th. 

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