JOB TITLE: Stewardship Intern
OUR MISSION: The mission of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust is to actively involve the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands an in the waters of Puget Sound.
This summer internship with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust is sponsored by Mutiny Bay Blues to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to experience stewarding the bountiful nature of Whidbey and Camano islands. Mutiny Bay Blues is run by the Fletcher family of Whidbey Island who are practicing responsible organic farming, providing local jobs, and producing world-class blueberries.
TIME COMMITMENT: This environmental stewardship-based internship program is an eight-week commitment at 28 hours per week with the Land Trust. The program begins in July; the start date may be negotiable.
The internship may occasionally require evening and weekend work. The work schedule is negotiable.
COMPENSATION: $2,500 stipend for the eight-week internship.
LOCATION: Based out of the Land Trust’s Greenbank office on Whidbey Island. May require occasional travel between Whidbey and Camano islands.
SUMMARY OF POSITION: This summer internship program is designed to expose the intern to diversity of activities performed by a conservation land trust, while providing the Whidbey Camano Land Trust with needed assistance in reaching its stewardship goals. The intern’s time will be largely spent assisting our stewardship team as they undertake ecological restoration, monitoring, and maintenance work on Land Trust protected lands.
QUALIFICATIONS: Self-motivated individual with experience or education in natural resources and an interest in land conservation. Background in one or more of the following areas is desired: ecological restoration, field biology, environmental education, or communications. The ability to communicate positively with a wide variety of people, including volunteers, landowners and the general public, and a willingness to work independently and perform a variety of tasks.
• Support stewardship field work, as assigned.
• Assist other Land Trust staff, as assigned.
• Some examples of intern projects include:
o Invasive plant removal.
o Watering and maintenance of native plantings.
o Vegetation monitoring.
o Monitoring public use along trails.
o Creation of posts for our social media platforms.
o Conservation project input into Salesforce database.
• Assist with volunteer work parties.
• Support our summer events, as assigned. May require some evening and weekend work.
• Trail construction.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in both field and office settings. Certain office work may be performed at home, pending public health considerations. Field work often requires walking over uneven terrain and the ability to do strenuous work such as brush clearing and digging holes. The Land Trust’s preserve lands and conservation easements are located on Whidbey and Camano islands and road travel is required to visit these properties. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. Interns must be able to follow all COVID-19 protocols set by the Land Trust.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate must be able to thrive within a small nonprofit office environment, possess a strong belief in land conservation, and demonstrate a passion for protecting Whidbey and Camano islands. Valid driver’s license is a prerequisite.
TO APPLY: Submit resume and cover letter by email to Kyle Ostermick-Durkee, Stewardship Specialist, at Kyle@wclt.org please include “Internship Program” in the subject line).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 30, 2021
The Land Trust is an equal opportunity employer.