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

Conservation Education Internship

Summary: The Discover Your Forest Conservation Education intern will play an essential and active role in assisting Discover Your Forest and the US Forest Service with several interpretive and educational programs. The intern will work with the Discover Your Forest educator and the US Forest Service staff. This position is open to high school and college students.

Overall Tasks:
• Assist with the delivery of educational programs to schools, camps, families and other audiences in the field at various visitor sites within the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests
• Provide support with event planning and fundraising
• Work on curriculum development
• Collaborate with partners/volunteers and provide teacher support
• Assist with marketing programs and promotional materials

Reports to:
Director of Education and Volunteer Programs, Discover Your Forest

Qualified candidate will be/have:
• A commitment to the mission of Discover Your Forest and the US Forest Service
• Self-motivated, detail-orientated with strong written, verbal and organizational skills
• The ability to work independently and with others
• Openness to learning and growing with the internship experience
• Dependable and flexible

Duration:
Intern will be required to complete 150 hours over 8-10 weeks. The hours are flexible, but will require weekends and evening events.

Student benefits:
This internship will allow students to bring their classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and expand their knowledge through hands on application in a nonprofit and government agency environment.
• $1,000 stipend based on completion of 150 service hours
• Reimbursement for mileage and expenses
• Option to gain credit through high school or university
• Hands-on experience to build resume and professional contacts

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.

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

To learn more about 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

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

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