Summer Education Intern Application Form

Position:  Summer Environmental Education Intern
Duration & Time Commitment:  The internship will start June 25, 2018 and conclude by August 16, 2018, not to exceed 210 hours of work, including training.  The average workweek is 21 hours per week and a typical work schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, approximately 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with occasional evening and weekends.
Salary Range:  $15.00 per hour
Application Due Date:  11:59 PM PST Friday, April 27, 2018

The Estuary Partnership seeks an environmental education intern to work as part of our Environmental Education Team. This internship will help students and recent graduates meet education objectives in their degree programs, bring new perspectives to our work, and gain hands-on knowledge and skills to advance their career goals. Interns work in a variety of locations throughout the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River to help deliver the Estuary Partnership’s summer on-water community education program. We place a priority on applications from students who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities. For more information, please see the full position description here.


Geographic Priority

Funding for the Summer Environmental Education Intern comes from a Metro Community Enhancement Grant. These grants are designed to benefit the neighborhoods and residents of Forest Park, Cathedral Park and Linnton, the Northwest District Association and the Northwest Industrial Area, and an area directly adjacent to the St. Johns Bridge. Applicants who live within this geographyparticularly students of color or from underserved or low income communities, will be prioritized during the hiring process. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation

The Estuary Partnership recognizes the importance of and values an inclusive and diverse organization and we are committed to broadening the diversity of voices present, active in, and served by all aspects of our organization. A diverse and inclusive organization with a workforce, Board of Directors, and committee membership that reflects the diversity of our communities is more robust and resourceful. It creates an environment in which everyone is respected and accepted and increases our ability to serve our community.

Engaging all communities of the lower Columbia River and estuary—diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and communities of limited income—gives all people parity and equal engagement with and in the protection of our natural resources.

Diversity is fundamental to the pursuit of our mission. We include human differences including race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, military or veteran status. We actively encourage persons of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBT people to apply for positions and contracts.

All employees and members of the Board of Directors join in this commitment.

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, a National Estuary Program, is a collaborative and inclusive organization. The National Estuary Program is community-based; it is local people, solving local problems in local water bodies. We achieve this best with equity and diversity in who we are and in our partnerships, and by continually adapting our programs to be inclusive of and responsive to the needs of all community members. Diverse perspectives expand our understanding of each other and our community, and our work caring for the lower Columbia River is enriched by our different cultural backgrounds, experiences, and needs.

Low-income communities and people of color are more likely to live in areas that have poor air quality, contaminated water or contaminated lands, and a lack of green spaces. This exposure leaves them with higher rates of cancer, infertility, learning disabilities, or other related health impacts of toxics. Disparities in education and unequal access to natural areas exist for too many in our communities. Community members including students from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds lack opportunities for outdoor learning and access to natural areas, and often have less access and opportunities to explore, learn about, and care for the lower Columbia River and estuary. Our organization and our programs include members of all lower Columbia River communities.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status.

Discrimination is not tolerated at the Estuary Partnership.


Application Instructions

The Estuary Partnership will only accept online applications for this position.

To apply, please follow the application instructions below and assemble the required information as a single PDF or Microsoft Word document. Please name the document as follows: YourName_EducationIntern2018. Once your document is assembled and named, complete the online form. You will upload your document in the last field.

Required information includes:

  • Cover Letter:  Your letter should describe your qualifications and why you want this internship.
  • Detailed Resume:  Your resume should provide dates and specific duties of current and past employment and education.
  • Letter of Recommendation or Professional References:  Provide either a letter of recommendations from at least one professor or instructor (current students) or the names, organizations, and titles of two professional references (graduates). References will not be contacted without your prior permission.
  • Question Response:  Submit your answers to the following two questions. Your answers will be evaluated for writing style, clarity, and content. Each answer must be at least 200 and not more than 400 words.
  1. Describe how this position supports your current or future career goals in education.  Describe your experience working collegially in a team environment.
  2. Please describe how your experiences, interests, culture, and/or outlook can contribute to our goal of having a more diverse work force.

If you have any difficulty uploading your file or questions, please contact Maggie Scott at 503-226-1565 ext. 231 or by email.