Internships

Join the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

Discover Your Forest is committed to providing Career Pathways for high school and college students and recent college graduates. With goals to also reach underserved populations, we hope to provide internship opportunities to ALL students. Through our Generation Green Internship program, Conservation Education Internships, and now 21CSC Internships, Discover Your Forest is sure to have an opportunity that works for you. Contact us today to learn what program is the right fit for you and how to submit your application and resume. 

Internship Opportunities

We also host internships outside of the Generation Green or 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. In partnership, internship opportunities are available for those who would like to gain experience in their field of interest. Residential internships and partner internships can be found in this section. 

Current Opportunities

Discover Your Forest (DYF) & Children’s Forest of Central Oregon (CFCO)
Communications Internship

Overall Tasks
• Assist in writing press releases
• Assist in developing social media content (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube etc.)
• Garner users to follow/like Discover Your Forest and Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
• Create short marketing video of Children’s Forest overview to raise public awareness/understanding
• Lead integration of Discover Your Forest donor records into Salesforce database
• Create marketing plan for Discover Your Forest sticker sales campaign

Reports to Executive Director, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon & Executive Director, Discover Your Forest.

Regular commitments/meetings:
• 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
• Monthly DYF staff meeting, CFCO Marketing Committee Meetings and Quarterly CFCO Board Meeting. Other meetings and events as needed

Qualified candidates will be/have:
• A commitment to the mission of Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and Discover Your Forest
• Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented with strong written, verbal & organizational skills
• Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
• The ability to work independently and with others
• Dependability, flexibility and the ability to work well under pressure and meet
• deadlines
• Proficiency in videography & video editing software
• Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience

Ideal candidate is a current undergraduate (junior or senior) or recent graduate in public relations, marketing, communications, digital communication for business development. Ideal candidates will be detail oriented, organized and creative and possess a professional work ethic and be enthusiastic to gain new knowledge. This is intended to describe the general nature and level of work, and this is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Interns may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities.

Location & Hours
63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend OR, 97760. Specific days and number of hours are flexible and can be negotiated based on class load or work schedule. Some time will be spent in the field and at outreach events.

Start & End Dates
Available starting June 1, 2017 with a minimum commitment of 12 weeks preferred.

Student Benefits
This internship will allow the student to bring their classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and broaden their knowledge through hands-on application in a nonprofit environment.
• $2000 Stipend based on completion of 320 service hours
• Hands-on experience to build portfolio and professional contacts
• Reimbursement for mileage and expenses

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please email resume and cover letter to Stacey Cochran at stacey.cochran@discovernw.org or call 541-383-5530.

Generation Green Internships

The Generation Green Internship program is as follows: a) Provide conservation education and exposure to natural resources through mentorship and job shadow opportunities and educational experiences to high school and college students as well as recent graduates in either natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, or engineering; b) participants are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours of service; c) each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution; d) all participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Current Opportunities

Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests
Recreation Use Monitoring Internship

Project: National Visitor Use Monitoring process. At this point looking for two 21CSC (640 hours) and two Generation Green (160 hours). Possibility of adding additional interns, to be decided later in the year.
The primary tasks (and associate skills needed) will be to:
• Approach forest visitors and ask them to participate in the interview process.
• Complete interviews with a broad range of forest visitors.
• 8 to 10 hour days, including travel time, paired up with another staffer.
• Schedules are set, based on an already set calendar. Weekend and holiday work will be required.
• As possible, additional recreation support activities will be assigned, based on the intern’s interests. We hope to provide opportunities to shadow staff, attend training, etc., as works with schedules.
• Positions start in mid-September, 2017. There will be training provided. This project goes from mid-September of this year until September 30, 2018.

Interns need to be able to drive a government vehicle, and will need to be organized, independent, comfortable working with the public, comfortable being outside all day, multiple days in a row. An interest in social sciences is a plus!

21st Century Conservation Service Corps Internship Stipend: $4000 for 640 hours. Age requirement of 16-30 years of age.

Generation Green 160-hour Internship Stipend: $1000. Open to all ages. More flexibility with schedule.

Human Ecology Mapping Project – Social Science Research Assistance
2017 Generation Green Internship
Ochoco National Forest Service

The National Forest Service is seeking interns to conduct public outreach for the Human Ecology Mapping Project in Central Oregon. Interns will administer a survey and mapping exercise on tablets at public events and various National Forest locations to collect information about how people use and value places on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland.

Interns will learn about the Forest Service, contribute to the public’s understand of the agency, and help gather valuable information that will help guide future land management planning and decision-making.

Internship Stipend: $250 for every 40 hours served, up to 160 total hours.

Tasks include:
Identifying and compiling lists of relevant public events in Central Oregon
Reserving and coordinating tabling space at public events
Administering surveys and mapping exercises for the Human Ecology Mapping project
Community engagement at public events and on Forest Service lands
Briefing the public on the role of the Forest Service and fielding general questions
Other duties as assigned

Skills required:
A current driver’s license
A passion for people and willingness to engage diverse publics
Spanish language skills desirable
An interest in social science/anthropology research
Exemplary communication skills
An interest in learning about public lands issues and best practices
Basic abilities to navigate with a map
Basic ability to use a computer and the internet to gather information

Skills the intern would acquire:
Experience working for a land management agency
Familiarization with federal land management policies and challenges
Interpersonal and public communications
Experience implementing applied social science research.

To learn more about these internships please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21csc)

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a bold national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. 21CSC participants perform a wide range of services ranging from maintenance and restoring the thousands of miles of trails to coordinating volunteers and special events on National Forests and Grasslands.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is an opportunity for an individual(s) between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (inclusive), and veterans up to 35, engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service, each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution. Working toward 640 hours of conservation or related service, of which at least 120 hours take place on an appropriate Forest Service project. Upon completion of the program, candidates have a 2-Year window of eligibility for non-competitive hiring status. Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates.

Current Opportunities

Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests
Recreation Use Monitoring Internship

Project: National Visitor Use Monitoring process. At this point looking for two 21CSC (640 hours) and two Generation Green (160 hours). Possibility of adding additional interns, to be decided later in the year.
The primary tasks (and associate skills needed) will be to:
• Approach forest visitors and ask them to participate in the interview process.
• Complete interviews with a broad range of forest visitors.
• 8 to 10 hour days, including travel time, paired up with another staffer.
• Schedules are set, based on an already set calendar. Weekend and holiday work will be required.
• As possible, additional recreation support activities will be assigned, based on the intern’s interests. We hope to provide opportunities to shadow staff, attend training, etc., as works with schedules.
• Positions start in mid-September, 2017. There will be training provided. This project goes from mid-September of this year until September 30, 2018.

Interns need to be able to drive a government vehicle, and will need to be organized, independent, comfortable working with the public, comfortable being outside all day, multiple days in a row. An interest in social sciences is a plus!

21st Century Conservation Service Corps Internship Stipend: $4000 for 640 hours. Age requirement of 16-30 years of age.

Generation Green 160-hour Internship Stipend: $1000. Open to all ages. More flexibility with schedule.

To learn more about these internships please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

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