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.

General Opportunties

Are you a young person who wants to make the world a more ecologically sustainable, socially just place? Reconnect Earth’s first-ever Student Organizing Camp is now accepting applications. This event will take place from Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12th, just outside of Bellingham. Apply now and join Reconnect Earth for four days of building activist and grassroots organizing skills, exploring our identities as agents of change, and enjoying a beautiful section of the Washington coast:
At the Student Organizing Camp you’ll experience trainings and workshops on theories of social change, social identity, campaign planning, nonviolent activism, and more. Food is provided and some camping equipment is available for loan. This event is an opportunity to build your strengths and abilities as an agent of positive change while making connections with other youth activists in the region.


OUT There Adventures has announced the NEW Get OUT There Summer Adventure Challenge. This challenge allows LGBTQ youth to participate in fun adventures in their communities across the country (with regions determined by 5 major metro areas) all summer, but on a schedule that works for them.

June through August OTA will post the monthly challenges on our website and social media platforms. Participants (ages 14 through 22) will log in to our online leader board to record their progress and score points. The top three participants with the most points at the end of the month will win awesome adventure prizes and be entered in to our end of summer Grand Prize raffle.

No cost to enter and no experience necessary!

High School


Seattle, WA

A Place at the Park (APAP) is a National Park Service summer internship program geared towards motivated high school students seeking a fun and fulfilling summer adventure in Seattle! High school students will be paired with college-aged mentors to provide personal guidance throughout the program. Students will gain valuable skills in community building, leadership, and professional development through activities, creative outlets, and hands-on experience.


    Youth Philanthropy Project is accepting applications for 2019, now until June 15, 2018! Youth Philanthropy Project is designed to help high school students develop personal and professional skills needed by the next generation of community leaders. With staff support, students form a leadership committee to review grant proposals and make funding decisions. They learn about local issues affecting Whatcom County and distribute funding that benefits environmentally focused organizations. 

Funding for youth grant making comes from an endowment started by two high school seniors who biked more than 1,200 miles around Washington State to raise funds intended to introduce youth in our community to the concept of charitable giving.


Stewardship Partners is looking for a summer intern to serve as our outreach and engagement associate. This will be a part-time position (20 hours per week), with work taking place both in our office and in the field. We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter who will be a champion for Stewardship Partners and our programs. This position will be great for an individual interested in environmental work and solutions in both rural and urban settings, community-based partnerships, and learning more about non-profit organizations.

Compensation: For this paid internship, Stewardship Partners can offer a compensation of $15/hour for 20 hours a week. Any time spent on tasks related to this position will be on a volunteer basis. Reimbursement for mileage to and from outreach events will also be compensated. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Amelia Bahr at



Youth Corps Community is a non-residential, day program for youth ages 15-18. It allows participants to complete service projects in their own community each day, returning home at night. Crews meet at a designated site every morning and evening. Members spend an average of 6 hours per day working and one hour participating in an educational lesson giving youth the opportunity to earn school credit and an educational stipend. During that time, crews come together not just as co-workers, but as a group of friends and teammates. They return home at the end of the day with new skills and pride in a job well done!


Various Locations, Oregon and Washington

Youth Corps Camping programs combine education and job skill training with outdoor adventure for ages 16 to 18*. With the guidance of experienced field staff, youth crew members work on conservation, reforestation, and recreation projects, while developing leadership skills and learning how to work as a team. Crews camp in the field for their entire 5-6 week session, traveling to a new project each week. In addition to earning an educational stipend and high school credit, participants gain a sense of pride that comes with hard work, learn to become stewards of our public lands, and develop lasting friendships!

Post-High School


The IslandWood Urban Programs Team is looking for dynamic, culturally responsive educators to teach innovative and inclusive science-focused programs. We embrace a culture of learning, gratitude, joy, and accountability. This is a part-time position, generally 6-18 hours per week depending on availability and program offerings. 
Urban School Program Educators teach set curricula to 3rd -8th 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. 


IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. Our innovative outdoor learning experiences include the School Overnight Program (SOP) for elementary-aged students in a multi-day residential school program on our 255-acre sustainably designed Bainbridge Campus. The residential experience makes understanding systems physically and mentally tangible for students. With each of our schools, SOP has 3 main goals: Provide a foundation of stewardship for our students through their experience at SOP, create equitable access to and culturally responsive instruction for all students, develop meaningful and sustainable relationships with schools and communities The Staff Instructor is a seasonal, full-time member of the professional education team for IslandWood. During the SOP school year, the Staff Instructor will teach each week of the SOP in alignment with established curriculum while ensuring culturally responsive instruction to engage all learners. Responsibilities will include regular evening teaching.


The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is sponsoring six seasonal positions through the WA Service Corps (WSC) AmeriCorps program. 

The Restoration Associates will serve as a team and occasionally individually as they gain natural resource management experience in a blend of forest and aquatic ecosystems. As part of the Stewardship Team, they will serve closely with our partners and volunteers to combat invasive weeds, install native plants, and maintain trails throughout the Greenway. Learn more and apply.   


The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is sponsoring six seasonal positions through the WA Service Corps (WSC) AmeriCorps program. 

The Education Associates will gain experience teaching 4th-12th grade students in the classroom and in the field. As part of the Education Program, they will teach students about forest ecology, salmon as a keystone species, biodiversity, and land use goals. At volunteer restoration events, they will equip students with the skills to make a difference by helping to restore stream-side habitats for salmon and other wildlife. Learn more and apply.


Sedro-woolley, WA

North Cascades Institute seeks a College Access Corps Coordinator to support environmental education programs that build community, create economic opportunity and strengthen college access opportunities for participants of our Youth Leadership Adventures and Community Youth Programs. The College Access Corps member will help empower underrepresented youth to develop college access skills while learning to be environmental stewards of the North Cascades. Duties will include further developing and implementing our Youth Leadership Ambassadors program, training staff, graduate students and interns to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged high school-aged youth participating in Institute programs, supporting implementation of the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit, recruiting for Youth Leadership Adventures, and strengthening college access opportunities for Youth Leadership program alumni. 


Washington Conservation Corps, WA

Washington Conservation Corps (WCC)  is now recruiting 6-month WCC AmeriCorps members!  This is your chance to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field. As an AmeriCorps program, we create 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.

The majority of our AmeriCorps member positions are 11-month crew positions, in which members serve on crews of five members led by a WCC crew supervisor. There are limited 6-month and 3-month positions offered in spring and summer. We also provide 14 full-time Individual Placement positions that are typically limited to summer recruitment only. Members earn Washington's minimum wage and an AmeriCorps Education Award upon successfully completing a term. 

Please learn about our AmeriCorps member positions before continuing to our application map to apply online.

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