Alumni Resources

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

UW Climate Change Video Contest
To the young aspiring filmmakers who want to send a powerful message: the UW Climate Change Video Contest is for you. The school of environmental and forest sciences (SEFS) and UW EarthLab wants you to answer the prompt: Together we can tackle climate change. What would it take to turn the tide?

Short-films must be two minutes or less and can take on any genre. You may submit as a team or an individual. This year’s contest is open to all Washington state high school and undergraduate students. Judge’s pick wins $4,000; people’s choice wins $2,500. Submit your short-film online at by April 07, 2019.

Seasonal Farm Crew 

Join a team of experienced organic farmers to work within all aspects of the Oxbow Farms and Conservation Center farming operations. More information available here.

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

YMCA Earth Service Corps Environmental Symposium

The Symposium is an opportunity for high school students to engage in hands-on workshops with environmental experts and teens from around the Puget Sound. Workshop topics include environmental justice, waste reduction, water quality and more! Youth will be networking with passionate peers and adults as well as gaining tools to create real, positive change for their communities. The event will take place at Mary Gates Hall at the University of Washington on March 29 from 8:45-1:45. 

There is no cost for this event, but registration is
required and space is limited. Register online at

Ecology Youth Corps

Work with the Washington Department of Ecology with other young adults to clean up and restore state roads and highways in the region. This paid position will be offered for two sessions during the summer. Applications and more information available here.

Youth Conservation Corp

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. More information here.

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.

Career Events - Jobs for Clean Water

Join the King County Wastewater Treatment Division on March 26, April 27, or May 5 for a job-shadowing event to explore careers in clean water. See flyer for times and locations. These events are free to attend and snacks will be provided. Careers represented include: Civil Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Water Quality Analyst, Electrician, Treatment Plant Operator, Mechanic, Community Relations, Environmental Educator, and Project Manager.

Clean Water Ambassadors Internship

Part-time, paid internship program that focuses on water systems, environmental health, communications, and professional development. Applications available April 1st at

Post-High School

Youth Leadership Instructor

North Cascades Institute (NCI) is looking for environmental and/or outdoor educators who want to lead backcountry experiences and empower the next generation of leaders and environmental stewards. Youth Leadership Instructors will lead high school students through two 12-day Youth Leadership Adventures (YLA) backpacking and/or canoe-camping courses. 97% of YLA participants receive partial and full scholarships, and for many, YLA will be their first time experiencing our public lands. Come be a part of a community of passionate people and continue to develop your skills as an educator while serving our diverse student audience. Instructors will support students as they develop skills to travel in the outdoors, foster supportive and inclusive communities, and deliver curriculum on climate change and natural and cultural history. Learn more and apply here! Applications are due March 25. 

Youth Leadership Intern

North Cascades Institute (NCI) is seeking two adventurous candidates for the 2019 Youth Leadership Internship. Through this field-based opportunity, Youth Leadership Interns will develop their environmental education and outdoor leadership skills while working alongside staff and graduate student instructors to lead two 12-day Youth Leadership Adventures (YLA) courses. Interns will receive consistent mentorship while learning about the natural and cultural history of the region, practicing their teaching skills, and guiding students in creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diverse life experiences and perspectives. Compensation includes a stipend, housing and meals, and a Wilderness First Aid course. Learn more and apply here! Applications are due April 10th. 

City of Shoreline

Seasonal job opportunities are available with the City of Shoreline! Positions include Camp Director, Day Camp Leader, Permit Assistant, Swim Instructor, Lifeguard, and Outdoor Camp Instructor. More information available here.

Green Pathways Fellowship Program

This new program is a partnership between Rainier Valley Corps and Got Green. It cultivates leaders through a racial equity and intersectional lens and places them at a host environmental justice-focused organization, providing them with technical skill building and training in leadership development that is culturally relevant, community-center, and context driven.

Green Pathways Fellows will be hired and placed, in partnership, with host sites for two-year fellowships. Along with leadership coaching and development, our fellows will be paid a living wage, with benefits! Applicants can learn more about the program and apply here. Application deadline is March 15. 

IslandWood Summer Programs Intern 

Partner with IslandWood field instructors to create, plan, and provide educational programs for youth participants primarily in the day camp program. Interns will have the opportunity to gain skills in education, reflection, behavior management, and community building while being paid. More information available here.

Lead Summer Camp Instructor and Seasonal Educator  Contribute to all aspects of the Oxbow Farms and Conservation Center Education programming, starting with summer camp and continuing into the school field trip season. 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 Summer Camps Positions

Do you have a passion for inspiring young minds through curiosity, discovery and exploration? Are you a reliable and enthusiastic team player? Spend your summer on a team that engages youth in the wonders of science! Located at 9 locations across the Puget Sound area, Camps for Curious Minds offers unique opportunities to develop skills and get involved at Pacific Science Center!  

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

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