Internship Opportunities

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Past and current internships at Whatcom Conservation District include:

Current Open Internships:
 
Past Internships:
CLOSED: Watershed Planning and Outreach Evaluation (PDF)
CLOSED: Citizen Science Monitoring and Outreach (PDF)
CLOSED: Water Quality Monitoring on Agricultural Land (PDF)
CLOSED: Livestock Engineering CAD Internship (PDF)
CLOSED: Berry Producer Outreach Program Developer (PDF)

How to Apply for Internships

Send the following information via email to the Contact person listed on the internship of your choice. Please include the internship name in the subject line of your email.

  1. Cover letter that addresses what internship you are applying for, your availability, interest and qualifications
  2. Current resume with contact information
  3. List of names and contact information for three professional references

 


 Conservation Marketing Internship (PDF)

Paid Internship Available: Spring or Summer Quarter 2017 (possible extension)
Applications due by: April 30, 2017
Contact: Aneka Sweeney (asweeney@whatcomcd.org)

Since 1946, Whatcom Conservation District has worked with landowners and farmers to manage natural resources in Whatcom County. With the mission to serve present and future generations of Whatcom County through a natural resource conservation program of leadership, partnership, and technical, educational and financial assistance to foster a healthy, sustainable relationship between people and the environment. The District has a wealth of information concerning water quality issues, management of small and large farming operations, and implementation of best management practices (BMPs). The District publishes newsletters, hosts educational workshops and tours, and offers opportunities for volunteers to get involved.

Intern will work with WCD Education and Outreach Department on increasing ecological literacy, program enrollment and public awareness of the Whatcom Conservation District services.

  • Create and publish press releases
  • Develop marketing materials on District programs
  • Assist in public awareness campaign
  • Develop website content and images
  • Support on-going outreach and educational activities

Qualifications

  • Interest & experience in environmental studies, marketing, education and/or journalism
  • Proficient with desktop publishing software
  • Familiarity with local conservation issues
  • Self motivated & can work independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Students & recently graduated can apply

 


 

Watershed Education and Outreach Internship (PDF)

Internship Available: Summer Quarter 2017 (possible extension)
Applications due by: April 30, 2017
Contact: Aneka Sweeney (asweeney@whatcomcd.org)

The Whatcom Explorer: Mobile Watershed is a hands-on educational tool that allows participants to connect with their local watershed and examine the natural movement of streams and rivers. The Whatcom Explorer is a place-based interactive watershed model with focus on watershed processes and function, land-uses with Best Management Practices (BMPs), and in conjunction with human and salmonid coexistence. Participants explore how streams behave under natural conditions and what happens when those conditions change. The 4x6’ trailer contains a sturdy fiberglass, removable lid that is a topographic map of Whatcom county: underneath is sand-table representing the “land area“ composed of plastic grit.

Intern will work with WCD Education and Outreach Department on increasing ecological literacy using the Whatcom Explorer: Mobile Watershed Model at local events and with community organizations.

  • Research local events & coordinate with organizers to use the Explorer
  • Research community groups & coordinate to use the Explorer
  • Adapt curriculum to meet the needs of the audience
  • Support on-going outreach and educational activities

Qualifications

  • Interest & experience in environmental science, sustainability, education and/or agriculture
  • Self motivated & can work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills & ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to drive, park and backup a 6x4 foot trailer
  • Ability to work nights & weekends
  • Undergraduate/Graduate Students & recently graduated can apply

 

Edge of Field Water Quality Monitoring (PDF)

Internship Available: Fall Quarter 2017 (possible extension for Winter 2018)
Applications due by: April 30, 2017
Contact: Scarlett Graham (sgraham@whatcomcd.org)

In Whatcom County, a large amount of attention has been put on agriculture as a leading contributor of nutrients and fecal coliform to surface water via runoff from manure applied to crop fields. The Whatcom Conservation District, as part of Discovery Farms, has partnered with dairy farmers in Whatcom County to install edge of field monitoring stations and look at how different management practices affect runoff and subsequent surface water quality. The monitoring stations can record data about rainfall, soil moisture, and runoff volume and can be programmed to collect water samples for lab analysis. All of this information is used to better understand the impacts of conservation practices on water quality. During this internship, the student will interact with WCD staff to learn about water quality, field data collection, local agriculture, and real‐world farm land use practices.

Intern will work with WCD in monitoring the impacts of conservation practices on water quality in Whatcom County. Duties include:

  • Conducting water quality sampling activities at edge of field stations
  • Maintaining field and laboratory equipment
  • Performing data analysis, quality control & assessment
  • Reporting findings to landowners
Qualifications
  • Interest & experience in environmental science, agriculture, and field data collection
  • Flexible schedule to work around wet weather/runoff events
  • Vehicle for transportation to Lynden, WA
  • Self motivated and can work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a wide variety of individuals
  • Strong computer and technology skills
  • Undergraduate & Graduate students and recently graduated can apply