Environmental Education Internship Application

Duration & Time Commitment:  June 2019 – August 2019
Compensation: $15/hour
Job Classification:  Internship
Supervisor:  Community Programs Director
Application Due Date:  11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is hiring two Environmental Education Interns to work with our Education Team this summer. Interns will have exciting opportunities to lead and teach youth and adults about ecology (often from a paddling position on an Estuary Partnership Big Canoe), and to gain useful education job skills and experience.

Position Information:
The Environmental Education Interns will gain hands-on knowledge; develop skills; engage with diverse students and community members; and work in variety of office and field settings, including on-water. The interns will be based out of the Estuary Partnership office with off-site travel throughout the Portland-Vancouver metro area and surrounding locations. Work typically takes place during the week with occasional weekend work as needed. Most work will take place Tuesday - Thursday between mid/late June to mid/late August. In addition to gaining valuable job skills, the Environmental Education Interns will help the Estuary Partnership implement its summer student and community education programs. We encourage and prioritize applications from individuals who come from communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities.

Helpful skills and experience include:

  • Interest and experience speaking to and leading groups of youth and adults.
  • Experience, interest, or course work in an education-related field. 
  • Experience and interest in working with diverse populations and underserved communities.
  • Fluency in Spanish helpful.
  • Commitment to social, racial, and environmental justice and the ability to apply these values in program delivery and curricula development.
  • A valid driver’s license (Estuary Partnership provides vehicles).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation
The Estuary Partnership is committed to increasing diversity in the environmental field by providing supportive career development opportunities for people of color. People from communities of color, underserved communities, and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We place a priority on applications from people who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income 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, or 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.

To Apply
Please fill out the application form below and submit a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, resume, and written answers to the questions below. Your cover letter should detail why you want the internship, educational career goals, your experience working with diverse communities, and your talents and qualifications. Your resume should include educational background, work history, and three references that can speak to your interest, education and/or experience. Your references will not be contacted without your permission. Only online applications will be accepted for this internship.

Application Questions:
Please answer questions with specifics and succinctly (no more than 400 words per question).

  1. Please describe why you want to be an environmental educator. Please discuss your interest leading groups of youth. Please describe any education experience (worked, lived or course work).
  2. Please describe your interest in local ecology and water recreation, specifically paddling.
  3. The Estuary Partnership is committed to social, racial and environmental justice. Please describe how your experiences, interests, culture, and/or outlook can contribute to this commitment and to this internship.