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!

Student internship opportunities (such as ILCs) are available depending on staff capacity. 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.

Internship positions through the Veterans Conservation Corps and for our Field Crews are paid internship opportunities.

South Sound GREEN Youth Education Intern

The South Sound GREEN (SSG) Education Intern will work closely with the SSG staff to bring environmental education programs to youth in Thurston County. The intern will assist with the implementation and teaching of water quality monitoring field- and classroom-based lessons and will support a program that, every year, engages thousands of Thurston County students in hands-on scientific testing. Interns are not expected to be experts in education or environmental science. This temporary internship position begins September 2023 and ends December 2023 with the possibility to extend.

You can find the full position description and application instructions here.

The priority application deadline is September 8th.
Please reach out with questions to sbishop@thurstoncd.com

Habitat Restoration Field Crew Internship

This internship position will work on a 5-person field crew alongside our VCC crew members under the supervision of the Thurston Conservation District (TCD) Habitat Restoration Crew Lead. The crew will work on meaningful habitat restoration projects in rural areas within Thurston County to serve their community by improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, and preventing the spread of invasive weeds. The crew will work on public and private properties such as farms and conservation lands, to achieve individual, local and regional resource conservation and restoration goals in Thurston County. Fieldwork activities will include planting native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams, controlling or removing invasive vegetation, implementing erosion control techniques, and participating in salmon recovery projects.

  • Work week is Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Pay is in the form of a $2,400 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses
  • Opportunity is October 2023 – April 2024 or October 2024 (with the opportunity to extend)
  • Interns accrue one paid day off per month
  • All safety equipment (gloves, hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, rain gear etc.) is provided

See the full Habitat Restoration Field Crew Position Description here.

Please submit your application electronically to job-applications@thurstoncd.com  and please include Habitat Field Crew Intern – YOUR NAME in the subject line. Please include the following in your application:

1. Resume, including relevant work experiences and course experience
2. Cover letter
3. Two (2) professional/educational references (Letters of recommendation may be included)

Applicants will be interviewed as applications are received.

If you recently applied for the Habitat Restoration Field Crew Internship, please expect to hear from us soon. Questions can be directed to ksinner@thurstoncd.com.

Interested in a TCD internship?

Nora Carman-White
Communications & Education Manager

You can also use our contact form.