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.


Community Engagement Resource Steward
AmeriCorps 1700 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Siuslaw National Forest | Corvallis, OR

Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) and Siuslaw National Forest have partnered to achieve the dual goals of 1) increasing access to meaningful outdoor experiences, and 2) increasing interest in natural resource careers and public land management, specifically for traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. We seek an AmeriCorps candidate to serve in the Outdoor Ambassador program, who has experience with outdoor recreation, community engagement, conservation education, and event planning. The successful candidate will be able to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, have a degree in a relevant field, demonstrate an ability to work independently, possess strong written and oral communication skills, and a passion for stewardship.

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Education and Interpretation Intern – 2 Positions
AmeriCorps 450 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park | Astoria, OR

The National Park Service is recruiting two summer interns to provide educational and interpretation assistance 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. The Intern will serve with the interpretive and education teams within the Visitor Services Division. The park anticipates over 100,000 visitors this summer including two youth camps.

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Botany Steward – 2 Positions
AmeriCorps 675 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and the Army Corps of Engineers | Veneta, OR

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently recruiting for two positions that will support botany, natural resources, and wildlife habitat management and restoration at USACE Lands in the Willamette Valley Region of Oregon. As a botany steward you would assist with management of natural resources at the 13 reservoirs.  

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Aquatic Steward
AmeriCorps 450 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and the Army Corps of Engineers | Lowell, OR

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is currently recruiting for one position to support fish, aquatic natural resources, and habitat management and restoration at Army Corps Lands in the Willamette Valley Region. The successful candidate will assist with management of aquatic natural resources at the 13 reservoirs in the Willamette Valley Region.  

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Outreach and Education Intern
AmeriCorps 900 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Olympic National Park | Port Angeles, WA

Two interns will work with the Outreach and Education Specialist at Olympic National Park, delivering environmental education programs for school children. The interns 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.

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Outreach Educator/Youth Development Specialist
AmeriCorps 900 Hour | Northwest Youth Corps and Twin Rivers Charter School | Eugene, OR

The Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps member opportunity is both highly demanding and highly rewarding, working with high school students identified as at risk of academic failure and/or presenting behavioral challenges. Outdoor Educator/Youth Development Specialist AmeriCorps members spend most of their time in direct contact with students, either doing 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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In partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) at Mount Rainier National Park, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is proud to present the first ever NPS Academy in the Pacific Northwest. Started in 2011 at Grand Teton National Park, the NPS Academy aims to connect young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to an immersive introduction to the National Park Service and its career paths. The primary objective of this program is to give participants the skills, connections, and opportunity they would need to prepare them to work for the Park Service. A cohort of six interns will experience a 13-week summer term from June 24-September 20. Specific internship positions are detailed below:

Aquatic Ecology Internship

Interpretation Internship

Junior Ranger Internship

Historic Building Preservation Internship

Visitor Services Internship

Wastewater Internship

Please follow this link for full NPS Academy details, including full descriptions for each internship placement.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to Please specify which internship position(s) you are applying for within your cover letter when applying (i.e. "Junior Ranger Internship"). Applications will be accepted through April 12th, 2019.