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

Earth Day Northwest 2020 Ambassadors

In order to ensure young people have a voice in decisions about the future of their environment and communities, Earth Day Northwest 2020 will be hosting a Youth Summit. At this one-day conference in September,  50 youth representatives will discuss the issues they want to see addressed in the next five years. Anyone between the ages of 16-24 can apply to be an Ambassador for the event!

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

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.

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

Washington Sea Grant- Community Engagement Specialist

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) has an outstanding opportunity for a Community Engagement Specialist located on Washington's Pacific Coast. Principal responsibilities are to coordinate technical assistance and other forms of support for community-led efforts to enhance resilience to natural hazards (flooding, erosion, landslides, and earthquake and tsunami). The position facilitates governmental and academic collaboration to enhance public understanding of coastal hazards and improve access to relevant research, data products, information, and other science-based decision support tools.This position will be open until filled with priority consideration given to applications received by July 22nd.  

Islandwood- Urban Program Educator

Urban School Program Educators teach set curricula to 3rd -8 th grade students both in a classroom setting and in the field regarding stormwater, wastewater, engineering, and how humans interact with the ecosystems they are a part of. Urban School Program Educators are often engaged in partner teaching, collaborating, and problem solving to ensure that school groups receive a high-quality program that attends to their learning needs. This is a part-time position starting September 23, 2019. Position will remain open until filled.

YMCA Earth Service Corps- Program Instructor

Program Instructors develop youth leaders through the implementation of school-based clubs that provide opportunities for environmental education, leadership development, service-learning, and cross-cultural awareness. Each instructor serves 5-6 middle or high school environmental service clubs over the course of the school year, identifying sites, fostering relationships, connecting with volunteer Club Advisors, and recruiting teen participants. Instructors also plan and implement environmental restoration projects and support YMCA Earth Service Corps events. Program Instructor are Americorps volunteer positions, receiving a $1450/month stipend and $6,095 educational stipend at the end of the term of service.

Washington Conservation Corps- now hiring over 300 positions in Washington!

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.

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.

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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