Alumni Opportunities

Youth Leadership Stewardship
I just had an amazing experience in the North Cascades…What do I do next?”

Check out these next-step opportunities! Remember that your YLA Instructors are great people to use as references.

General Opportunties

Reconnect Earth

Join an eight day backpacking trip in the North Cascades, while learning about ecology, human and natural history, and grassroots social change. Spots are open to those ages 16 and higher, though is marketed largely towards college undergraduate students. Full and partial scholarships available. More information available here.

High School

Youth Conservation Corp

North Cascades National Park is recruiting for the 2019 Youth Conservation Corps! This is a paid and engaging opportunity to complete meaningful work in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Typically 8-10 weeks, participants work to build trails, maintain fences, improve wildlife habitat, preservation, and so much more. Learn more here and complete the application by May 9th.

SCA Youth Programs

Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors?

Join an SCA camping or commuting crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you! Learn more here.

Shadow Go-Green! Youth Internship

This is a great opportunity to be a community contributor, while spending your summer at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve! Learn about environmentalism and nonprofits in a real world setting. SHADOW’s Summer Youth Intern will be responsible for assisting with summer educational programming and events at the Nature Preserve, completion of an independent project, and working with SHADOW staff.

O2 - Outdoor Opportunities Program for Teens

This free program is open to Seattle high school youth between the ages of 14-19! Outdoor Opportunities is an outdoor expedition program designed to expose multi-ethnic, high school teens (ages: 15-19) to environmental education, urban conservation, and stewardship. We strive to create an environment for community leadership and empowerment via workshops, service projects and outdoor excursions, all of which are free for our students.

Post-High School

Mountain School Curriculum Redesign Project Coordinator

North Cascades Institute (NCI) seeks a Stewards VISTA to serve as Mountain School Curriculum Redesign Project Coordinator to assist in development of our Mountain School environmental education curriculum redesign. This position will serve as the key point person for coordinating the efforts of the Curriculum Advisory Team (CAT) members. Additional duties will include conducting and synthesizing research on best practices for developing experiential education curriculum, developing community engagement strategies and building relationships with local communities, and participating in NCI’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

Washington Conservation Corps

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) is an AmeriCorps program that creates future leaders through community involvement and mentorship. We have more than 350 members and experienced staff statewide who restore critical habitat, build trails, and respond to local and national disasters. WCC program provides hands-on experience, field skills, and training opportunities to young adults between 18 and 25. We work in partnership with nonprofit and governmental organizations that apply for WCC crews or individual placement members to complete projects. Learn more and see open positions.

City of Shoreline

Seasonal job opportunities are available with the City of Shoreline! Positions include Lifeguard/Swim Instructor and Teen Program Lead Assistant. More information available here. 

IslandWood Positions

IslandWood seeks qualified individuals who are passionately curious about the world around them, actively engaged in their stewardship of nature, and deeply committed to providing exceptional learning experiences. IslandWood is currently hiring for several positions. 

Lead Summer Camp Instructor

Contribute to the Oxbow Farms and Conservation Center Education programming. Those in this position are expected to be available for all weeks of camp and be comfortable delivering environmental education programs to all age groups. More information available here.

Semester by the Bay  

Each fall, the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, located in Homer, Alaska, offers students from around the country the opportunity for an academic hands-on learning experience studying biological sciences with easy access to cold-water marine habitats and an Alaskan theme. The semester has been designed to meet the needs of students majoring in the natural sciences in a creative and adventurous way. Students are immersed species, such as beluga whales, during hands-on labs, field trips conducted throughout the semester here in Kachemak Bay and the surrounding waters of Cook Inlet, and during undergraduate internship opportunities conducted with our community partners. Check out more information here.

Mountains to Sound Greenway

Interested in trail crew work? Mountains to Sound Greenway is hiring two trail crews for the 2019 field season. Teams work on trail maintenance and enhancement, as well as restoration projects in the Lake Sammamish area. More information here. Applications are due May 15. 

Pacific Science Center  Positions

Pacific Science Center regularly seeks motivated and service-oriented team players. Pacific Science Center offers a variety of job opportunities which vary from entry level positions to supervisory and management roles. These positions range anywhere from handling animals, providing exhibit interpretation, managing planetarium shows, to working in guest services, events, education, or behind the scenes. Regardless of job title, all employees of Pacific Science Center share a common passion for science education and uplifting service, and regularly have the opportunity to undergo skill development.

SCA Young Adult Programs

Are you a college student or recent graduate age 18 or over with a passion for the environment? Are you ready to travel to new places and take on new challenges? Do you want to find a way to turn your conservation interests into a career?

Whether your dream is to lead public programs as a park ranger, trek the backcountry as a field scientist, or explore new sustainability solutions as an urban planner, Student Conservation Association has something for you. Learn more here.

Community Organizer 

VoteRunLead’s #RunAsYouAre2019 National Training Community Organizer is a critical member of VoteRunLead’s team delivering a one-day, multi-city, nonpartisan women’s political leadership training. The Community Organizer is an independent contractor, hired to plan, recruit for and execute #RunAsYouAre2019 National Training for a specific state or region on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Send resume to:

Educator/Deckhand Internship 

Live-aboard position, shipboard room and board provided. The Educator/Deckhand position delivers the Sound Experience education curriculum and helps to facilitate the experiential models of education aboard Adventuress. Teaching stations can include plankton, marine life, ocean acidification, marine debris, navigation, and sail handling, among others. Educator/Deckhands should have experience relevant to facilitating excellence in environmental education for youth and adults, be enthusiast, self-motivated and mission-oriented.   

Seattle Parks and Rec: Americorps O2 Program Specialist
Outdoor Opportunities Program Specialist.   For more information on the program, go to the website

Seattle Aquarium

We are currently recruiting for several positions.  Each position has a different focus, all of which further our mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment.  These are temporary roles for grad students or recent graduates within the last five years.  If you’re interested in working with a great team on important conservation issues – apply today! 

Metro Parks Tacoma

Zoo Summer Camp Instructors, Seasonal Naturalists, and Internships with Metro Parks Tacoma.  

Pierce Conservation District Field Technicians

The Pierce Conservation District is hiring five seasonal field technicians to assist its riparian knotweed control program this summer. Applications can be found here, and will be accepted until May 19.

Washington Trails Association Positions

Washington Trails Association is hiring for several positions!

Northwest Youth Corps Conservation Internship Program

The Conservation Internship Program is designed to provide hands on training and experience to those interested in pursuing employment with land and water resource management agencies, and other outdoor careers. The program is a cooperative effort designed to address community, environmental, and resource management projects.  Through this program, public agencies and community organizations host a Conservation Intern to directly address pressing community resource needs for a three to ten month period.  Northwest Youth Corps supports the partnership by supplying placement, administrative, and training support.

Northwest Youth Corps Positions

Northwest Youth Corps is currently hiring to fill multiple positions. Northwest Youth Corps is committed to improving the lives of youth and young adults by providing opportunities to learn grow and experience success.  We believe that our greatest strength lies in our people.  We believe this greatness comes from our collective passion powered by focused discipline and committed effort.   We approach our work with unapologetic intensity and vast humility.  Our leadership is diverse, inclusive, patient, caring, and governed by the knowledge that our success is predicated on our ability to work as a team.

Volunteer Opportunities


North Cascades National Park

Washington Department of Ecology

Northwest Youth Corps

Washington Trails Association

The Nature Conservancy

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group

Skagit Land Trust

King County, Washington

King County Parks & Recreation

Salmon Watchers Program

Mountain to Sound Greenway

Seattle Audubon Society


Whatcom County Parks & Recreation

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Northwest Wildlife Rescue & Rehab

Whatcom Land Trust

Clatsop County  (Oregon)

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Nature Conservancy

1000 Friends of Oregon

Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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