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!

Community Outreach Intern

The Community Outreach Intern will work closely with Thurston Conservation Districts Education & Outreach staff to bring educational programs and hands on conservation volunteer opportunities to youth and adults in Thurston County. This position will assist with general outreach activities and information distribution, volunteer recruitment, public communications, and event coordination. The Community Outreach Intern will also assist with planning and coordination of District’s annual South Sound Regional Envirothon competition for high school students, which takes place each spring. Additionally, this position will assist with volunteer water quality monitoring events, habitat enhancement volunteer projects, working with Annual Plant Sale volunteers, and supporting Thurston CD’s staff with various projects.

See the full community outreach internship description here.

TO APPLY:
Please submit your application by end of the day on December 10, 2021.
Please include the following in your application package:

  1. Resume, including relevant work experiences and course experience
  2. Cover letter sharing how this specific internship helps meet your academic or personal goals
  3. Two (2) professional/educational references
    4. If relevant, a copy of any internship requirements from your school that you would be using this internship to complete and contact information for the academic advisory or faculty you would be reporting to.

Your cover letter is not to exceed one page. Letters of recommendation may be included. Applications are reviewed upon receipt and interviews may begin prior to the application deadline.
Send electronically (please no paper copies) to:  job-applications@thurstoncd.com
Please include: Community Outreach Intern – YOUR NAME in the subject line.

Soil Health Intern

This internship focuses on learning applied soil science and nutrient management, particularly as it’s used as part of Thurston Conservation District’s Soil Health Program and our soil testing services. The first part of the internship will involve an overview of basic soil science concepts and agronomy, covering the importance of macronutrients and micronutrient management for local crops. The proper management of these nutrients, particularly nitrogen, is key for environmental health and water quality, and we’ll learn about the intersections between the two. Soil testing at Thurston Conservation District is provided for a wide range of crops, including but not limited to vegetables, pasture, orchard crops, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cut flowers, turf and lawns. We’ll cover nutrient management in the context of these crops. We provide recommendations for amending based on soil test results using both organic and conventional agriculture practices. The second part of the internship will focus on writing and sharing soil test interpretations and recommendations with customers. With supervision from a Natural Resource Specialist, the intern will learn to put together those reports and results, share them with customers, and follow up with any questions customer have.

See the full soil health internship description here.

TO APPLY:
Please submit your application by end of the day on December 10, 2021.
Please include the following in your application package:

  1. Resume, including relevant work experiences and course experience
  2. Cover letter sharing how this specific internship helps meet your academic or personal goals
  3. Two (2) professional/educational references
    4. If relevant, a copy of any internship requirements from your school that you would be using this internship to complete and contact information for the academic advisory or faculty you would be reporting to.

Your cover letter is not to exceed one page. Letters of recommendation may be included. Applications are reviewed upon receipt and interviews may begin prior to the application deadline.
Send electronically (please no paper copies) to:  job-applications@thurstoncd.com
Please include: Soil Health Intern – YOUR NAME in the subject line.


Interested in a TCD internship?

Nora Carman-White
Communications & Education Manager
nwhite@thurstoncd.com
360-999-3727

You can also use our contact form.