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Environmental Education Intern

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The Environmental Education Intern assists with our annual “Salmon Watch” program, a popular field-based experience for local 5th-8th graders. Duties include leading educational activities, volunteer training, equipment maintenance, and more. Join us to help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards!

Position Opens: August 7, 2023

Application Review: Begins September 4, 2023. Interviews likely to be held the week of September 18-22.

Pay: $1500 total stipend, to be used for expenses incurred from internship duties

Benefits: The Intern is not an employee of the Benton SWCD and will receive no wages, benefits, paid holidays, or other employee related considerations, and will not be eligible for state and/or federal social security, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance or retirement benefits.

Work Locations: BSWCD office in Corvallis, Oregon; Clemens Park in Alsea, OR; other locations as assigned

Reports to: Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator

Desired Start Date: By October 2, 2023 (or sooner if available)

Welcome to Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD)

BSWCD has been growing relationships between people and place since 1956! We are a Special District governed by a publicly elected Board of Directors and supported through a property tax levy, grants, and other local, state, federal, and private funds. Our talented staff engage Benton County residents in the conservation and stewardship of natural resources by providing educational, technical, and/or financial assistance. Overarching themes for our strategic direction through 2027 are climate, targeted community impact, equity, and collaborative leadership. Join our Team if you are passionate about sustainable agriculture, natural resource conservation, and making a difference in your community!

About the Environmental Education Internship

The EE Internship is a seasonal position specifically recruited to assist with our annual “Salmon Watch” field trip program, which takes place mid-October through late November. This program touches the hearts and minds of children to save our local rivers, salmon, and forests. Students in grades 4-8 embark on a learning adventure in Clemens Park in Alsea to view spawning salmon, conduct scientific experiments, learn about the interconnections between fish and forests, and understand how and why they should become stewards of their watersheds. 

The Salmon Watch EE Intern will assist with a number of duties related to this fun and exciting program, including:

  • Learning about salmon biology and riparian ecology
  • Guiding students, chaperones, and teachers through interactive Learning Stations in the field
  • Meeting professionals and exploring potential career opportunities in natural resources and environmental education
  • Volunteer coordination, communication, training, and mentorship
  • Creation of outreach materials
  • Maintenance of program equipment and materials

Intern Requirements 

  • Must be an active undergraduate or graduate student working toward a degree with course work in natural sciences, environmental education, or related field.
  • Must be available to work 1-2 days per week between 9am and 2pm (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays) – expected work hours per week are 6-12 hours.
  • Must be willing and able to work outside in cold and inclement weather for prolonged periods
  • Must be able to walk on rough or slippery terrain for at least 1 mile
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and reliable personal vehicle

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading and/or coordinator environmental education programs, outdoor education programs, camps, or similar
  • Experience caring for and/or teaching elementary or middle school aged children
  • Basic understanding of ecology and local ecosystems including rivers, riparian forests, and local plant life
  • A passion for nature and educating others about the environment!

Application Deadline

For full consideration, apply before 5pm, September 1st.  Application review begins on Monday, September 4, 2023.  The position is open until filled so potential candidates may check our website to see if we are still accepting applications. Please submit all application materials requested.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this internship, please contact Sara at / 541-753-7208 ext. 205.