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.





Outreach and Education Steward - Interpretation
Olympic National Park | Port Angeles, WA

Application Deadline: Friday, January 10th

Two members will work with the Outreach and Education Specialist delivering environmental education programs for school children. The members will also work at various community events staffing the park’s exhibit booth and answering questions about Olympic National Park. Depending on the interests and abilities of the selected candidate there are opportunities to work on various projects – including website work, multi-media presentations, etc.


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


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Workforce Management Internship
National Park Service Regional Director's Office | Seattle, WA

Application Deadline: Open until filled

This position is located at the National Park Service Regional Office, Seattle. The goal of this internship is to provide youth with training and professional development opportunities related to workforce and personnel management. The objectives of the project are for an intern to 1) assist with populating online tools that support the human resources staff and customers of the Pacific West Region, including updating the region’s Google site and streamlining information from human resource documents; 2) visit at least two parks in the Pacific Northwest to shadow human resources staff, pathways hires, and other park staff as appropriate, to garner best practices and success stories from the field to share on internal and external media sources; and 3) assist with developing outreach and recruitment strategies for the region’s Workforce Management division, which encompasses all human resources related activities that are needed to maintain a productive workforce. Individuals will work with a supervisor and mentor to develop and present strategic planning, projects, and hiring policies. While the majority of the job is inside, individuals will be traveling to other Northwest Area Parks and may need to attend outdoor activities in conditions varying from warm sunshine to cool wet winter weather.


When applying, please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least 3 references. Within your cover letter, please discuss any prior knowledge surrounding the sharing of histories from under-represented communities, how this internship will further your career goals, and any experience in representing an organization via social media. Please also specify the internship site you are interested in, i.e. “National Park Service Region, Regional Office – Seattle, Workforce Management Internship”.


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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!


Special Uses Resource Assistant
United States Forest Service | Gifford Pinchot NF - Vancouver, WA


Application Deadline: Friday, January 24th 


The position will assist United States Forest Service (USFS) staff in the area of special use administration. Special uses include land uses such as commercial filming, utility lines, roads and research permits, and recreation uses such as outfitter and guiding and recreation events. Specific tasks include documentation in hard files and electronic files, billing support, correspondence with permit holders, database entry, inspection and monitoring of permit areas, creation of authorization documents, becoming knowledgeable in related policy, and assistance with the environmental review process. As knowledge and skills progress, the position will be expected to carry simple permits from the proposal and evaluation stage to completion.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references saved in one PDF as LastName_FirstName_SpecialUsesRA.pdf      example: Tagge_Andrew_SpecialUsesRA.pdf to


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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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