Alumni Resources

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

Check out some of the amazing opportunities listed below! Remember that your Youth Leadership Instructors are great people to use as references.

If you would like to add an opportunity to this page, please email Sarah Parker at Thanks!

General Opportunties

Northwest Youth Leadership Summit

North Cascades Institute, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, National Park Service, Seattle Parks and Recreation, New Wilderness Project, Northwest Youth Corps, Student Conservation Association & The Mountaineers, present the 2018 Northwest Youth Leadership Summit. This year, the Summit will include a series of Seattle area field trips on Friday, November 16th and a full day of learning, networking, reconnecting, and more on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 · 9 am-6 pm at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center · 7700 Sand Point Way NE. This event is for individuals ages 14-26 and is FREE!

ReConnect Earth Fall Trips

Reconnect Earth trips are eye-opening experiences in the outdoors focused on transforming our relationships with the world around us, our communities, and each other. Trips we’re offering this fall include weekend day excursions to natural areas in Northwest Washington and a two-night Student Activist Training Retreat during the last weekend in October.

Each Reconnect Earth trip is designed to connect participants with natural and cultural history while harnessing your power as an agent of positive change. Sign up for one of our fall trips here:

Kids’ Farm Naturalist Volunteer Opportunity

Spend some time giving back at Oxbow Farm in the Snoqualmie Valley. Volunteer Naturalists lead tours with up to 12 kids (and their chaperones) after training with OxEd farmer educators, following our program curricula as well as allowing children’s passions and interests to guide their exploration. Only a moderate understanding of food and farming is needed, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from our expert staff! When no tours are scheduled, volunteers are invited to gain hands-on experience assisting with seasonal tasks around the Kids’ Farm including weeding, harvesting, and planting of fall/winter crops.

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.

NWAC Youth Ambassador

Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) is looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic high school students to be a part of our NWAC Youth Ambassador Program (NYA). Ambassadors will actively connect with their school or community to discuss NWAC services, the risks of traveling in avalanche terrain, and provide resources to further avalanche education. Students will be given resources and support to execute an outreach project and will work closely with a member of the NWAC education staff. Ambassadors can receive service hours for their work as an ambassador; an estimated 30 hours over a 5 month engagement.

Post-High School

SEEDS Partnerships For Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Fellowship

The SPUR Fellowship is the highest honor in the SEEDS program, and fellows are encouraged to be the outstanding leaders in the future of ESA. The award supports the undergraduate student in designing and conducting an ecology research project of interest.  SEEDS has established partnerships with field stations and mentors to offer exciting summer opportunities that will be tailored to meet your interests, career objectives and growth as a scientist. For most opportunities, no prior research experiences is necessary. 

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.

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