The district offers a variety of internship opportunities year-round. Internship contracts are tailored to provide the student with more in-depth experience in a range of focus areas and the opportunity to expand knowledge and skills in areas not provided through traditional education. We are committed to doing all we can to make an internship a very rewarding and educational experience. Our interns work closely with staff to complete meaningful and engaging projects that not only contribute to protecting our environment but also look good on a resume!

These positions are unpaid, however a successful full-time 2-quarter intern may be eligible for a $1,000 stipend, upon completion of the contract.


Farm Technician Intern

The farm technician intern is an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in natural resource management and outreach with farmers in Thurston County.  The intern will work alongside the Farm Resource Planner to attend site visits, assist in the development and writing of a Conservation Plan, perform soil health testing in the field, and provide outreach support to landowners in the Shellfish Protection District. The intern will support our goals to provide technical assistance, improve natural resources, and implement best management practices that protect soil health and water quality. In addition, the intern will work alongside the Education & Outreach Coordinator to support our South Sound FarmLink program with outreach to participants, data management, as well as attending events and workshops. There is an opportunity to explore and participate in all Thurston Conservation District programing, depending on the interest and goals of the intern.

This is an opportunity to explore a career in natural resources and land management practices through direct landowner assistance and educational programing. The position requires a time commitment of 2 quarters OR a total of six months. This is a great opportunity for students who need to fulfill an internship requirement or an Individual Learning Contract (TESC specific). Start date may be first day of Fall Quarter OR rolling start date as soon as September 1, 2018. Successful completion of a 2 quarter/6 month internship is eligible for a $1,000 stipend at end of contract. This position is 30 hours per week. The schedule of days and times in the office is flexible and will be negotiated at time of hire.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 academic or professional references by July 30, 2018 to the nwhite@thurstoncd.com. If you have any further questions, please contact Nora White, Education & Outreach Coordinator, by email or by phone (360) 754-3588 ext. 105.

Qualifications:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to commit to 6 months
  • 1 season of experience working on a farm operation, or 2 quarters of experience learning about natural resources, ecology, agricultural sciences, or farming
  • A good driving record and a WA State License is required for using district vehicles

Logistics:

  • Start date – first day of Fall Quarter OR September 1, 2018
  • Time commitment – 2 quarters or a total of 6 months
  • Hours per week – 30
  • $1,000 stipend at end of successful completion of internship

Administrative Assistant Intern

Credits and Hours for this position vary.

The Administrative Assistant Intern will be the primary provider of office support to customers and staff. This position will give the intern essential Administrative Assistance experience, including tasks such as:

  • Learning money handling procedures
  • Office supply inventory
  • Preparing meeting minutes
  • Managing TCD’s main office phone line
  • Equipment rental scheduling
  • Organizing and managing all incoming and outgoing mail
  • Using Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel and Access
  • Providing Administrative Assistance to other staff
  • General office support experience

After completion of this internship, a performance review and letter of recommendation will be given to the intern to include with resume’/portfolio for future positions.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to:

Sarah Moorehead
Interim Executive Director & Agricultural Outreach Specialist
smoorehead@thurstoncd.com
(360) 754-3588, x 136