Citizen Science and Stewardship Internship, Summer 2013

Undergraduate Internships at North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated undergraduate students to be summer interns at its Environmental Learning Center, located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Citizen Science and Stewardship Intern will be selected to work under constant supervision of Institute staff and graduate students. Internships are designed to provide training in planning and implementing stewardship and citizen science projects in North Cascades National Park, with some practical application of skills; as such, interns will work under close supervision from mentors. Duties will include assisting with North Cascades Institute Citizen Science and Stewardship events, assisting with native plant restoration at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, shadowing and co-teaching educational programs for youth and adults, assisting with Learning Center operations, and participating in Institute events and staff meetings. In addition, the interns will be responsible for completing an independent project related to the experience. This is a full-time unpaid internship position. Interns should expect to work five days (approximately forty hours) each week. Some weekend work is required. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university requirements. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience.


* Enthusiasm for the mission of North Cascades Institute
* Junior or Senior status at a university or college
* Some coursework in biology or environmental science
* Willingness to live in a rural area
* Ability to hike four miles with a backpack
* CPR/ First Aid Certification (more advanced certifications preferred)
* A pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check
* Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years and must be 21 years or older to drive an Institute vehicle

* Wilderness First Responder Certification
* Experience living in a small community
* Coursework in botany; knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants
* Familiarity with Microsoft Office
* Ability to complete the full term of the internship

Citizen Science (30%):  Assist Science and Stewardship Coordinator with Citizen Science Projects. These may include water quality studies, pika surveys, butterfly monitoring and other potential projects.

Stewardship (20%): Assist Science and Stewardship Coordinator with Stewardship events.  These may include invasive plant removal, native plant seed collection, native plant community monitoring, or trash cleanup.  Plan and implement one stewardship event during the summer.

Shadowing and Co-Teaching (20%): Shadow and co-teach (under the supervision of their supervisor) lessons and activities for ELC programs such as Family Getaways, Base Camp, and Adult Programs; work with a mentor to evaluate teaching methods.

Independent Project (10%): Complete an independent project related to natural history, plant restoration, stewardship or the operation of an Environmental Learning Center. Topics are flexible based upon the intern’s interests and requirements of the intern’s degree program. The project should be approved by the supervisor and submitted to NCI upon completion.

Training and Evaluation (10%): Attend summer staff training and intern-specific training.  Participate in program debrief meetings, weekly check-ins with supervisor, end-of season debrief and exit interview; participate in peer observations and feedback.

Administrative and operations (10%): Assist with facilities operations and gear maintenance; attend weekly meetings and hands-to-work.

Housing and Meals
This is an unpaid internship and may be available for college credit. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience. 

Housing is either at the Environmental Learning Center or in the neighboring towns of Diablo or Newhalem. Interns may be asked to share a room for part or all of the position. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, interns are responsible for providing their own food. Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation. Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation.

Application deadline
Summer internship deadline: April 1, 2013

Internship Dates
Summer internship: June 11th – August 19th, 2013 (some flexibility)

To Apply
For more information, contact Stephanie Bennett at 206-526-2567, or  To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and names of three references with current contact information to:


Mail:     North Cascades Institute
ELC Program Coordinator
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284