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Internship Resources

The list below is of internship opportunities that have recently come to our attention. There are many opportunities available that we do not know about. If you have a company in mind go to the company's website and browse the careers information available. You can search for internships in their job search platform. Sometimes companies have specific pages for internship/student opportunities. 

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Summer Internship

MCF seeks to fill three full-time and several part-time volunteer summer internship positions to work out of our Ellensburg and Yakima offices collecting data and assisting with restoration, fish passage, assessment, and education projects, and some related office work.

NRCS Snow Hydrology Intern

Idaho is looking for a science-based student intern for summer of 2019, based in Boise, to help with the annual maintenance/set-up of snow survey sites. This full description is here:  Please let your students know of this wonderful opportunity.  Review of applicants will take place on March 5, so time is short.

Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project

Beaver Restoration Field Lead -- Beaver Restoration Intern

About Trout Unlimited
Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated grassroots volunteers are matched by a staff of organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists, who work out of more than 45 offices across the country. Our mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds. Trout Unlimited’s Washington Water Project (TU-WWP) implements community-based restoration projects, provides water rights expertise, and leads science and policy initiatives on river restoration issues.

Position Summaries
TU-WWP is beginning the second year of a program to relocate ‘nuisance’ beaver to suitable sites in the Wenatchee River Basin and seeks two seasonal staff to support program efforts:

1. Beaver Restoration Field Lead will coordinate with the project manager to determine and lead field activities. The position timeline is approximately April 22-September 27 but may be extended depending on applicant availability and program needs. This seasonal position will work 40 hours per week.

2. Beaver Restoration Intern will assist with daily activities. The preferred timeline is approximately May 20-August 30 but is flexible depending on availability of the selected candidate. Hours are anticipated to be 25-40 per week. This position

How to Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for two references to Cody Gillin, TU-WWP Project Manager, at Please indicate to which position you are applying and your anticipated availability. Positions open until filled but applicant reviews will begin on March 5, 2019.


Renewable Energy Education Internship

Puget Sound Energy is seeking part time interns for the Renewable Energy Center at the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility which is located 17 miles east of Ellensburg. The Renewable Energy Center sits in the center of an 11,000 acre wind facility, with 149 wind turbines and 500 kw of solar. This facility powers around 65,000 homes, and attracts 14,000-20,000 visitors a year.

Job Description:
The Renewable Energy Education Internship is a blend of public relations, tourism, education, and engineering. The internship gives staff a broad knowledge of the wind industry, wind turbine technology, and natural history, as well as an education and tourism experience.
• 7 month internship
• Greet visitors to the facility and answer questions regarding wind and solar technology. Give presentations and tours to businesses, schools, and other groups who visit the center. Guide nature walks. Keep the visitor center clean, stocked, and set-up for conferences. Design and implement educational activities for school groups.
• The facility is open 9:00 to 5:00 (open at 8:45), seven days a week, from April-Oct 31st
• Students can use this internship for credit.
• Pay $12.50/hr.

- College degree or student in pursuit of a degree.
- Position is part time, 15-39 hours a week. Must be available to work most weekends throughout the internship. Staff will also be expected to work various weekdays, especially during the spring. Shifts are a full day, unless we need extra staffing for field trips.
- A genuine interest in renewable energy.
- Must be a quick learner, able to memorize and effectively communicate information pertaining to electricity, the environment, native plants and animals, and forms of energy production.
- Must have strong public speaking skills. Daily tours and presentations of up to an hour in length will be conducted throughout the day.
- Must possess excellent people skills, be engaging and approachable, and willing to teach and converse with all visitors to Wild Horse.
- Must be a self-starter who can recognize tasks and opportunities to improve the visitor center.
- While all positions will be responsible for public relations and environmental education, we are also seeking 1 intern who will be responsible for event planning as well. Please indicate in your cover letter or resume if you are specifically interested in that position.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to between Jan 24th - Feb 28th, 2019. In your cover letter, please address the requirements listed above, expand upon why you would be a good fit for the position, and describe why you would like to work at the Renewable Energy Center. Also, please submit a letter describing your schedule and availability to work March 25th –Oct 31st.  

This position closes at noon on Feb. 28th, 2019, and interviews will take place March 4th and 6th. Mandatory training will take place March 25th, and the job begins April 1st.  Must be able to attend First Aid training during the first 2 weeks of April.

For more information about Wild Horse and the Renewable Energy Center, please visit: and

INTERNSHIP- Stormwater Water Quality

Kitsap County, WA - Port Orchard, WA
$22.18 - $23.30 an hour

This is a paid internship for a minimum of 20 hours per week (and up to 40 hrs)
from May - September 2019.

For more information click here


Water Resources Intern for Agriculture Program, Summer 2019

State of Washington Dept. of Natural Resources - Ellensburg, WA
$2,394 - $3,219 a month

For more information click here

Student trainee position at USFS Cle Elum or Entiat/Chelan, Summer 2019.

Botany experience preferred. Applications open in January.

For more information click here

Puget Sound Energy Internships

Internships are generally available year round. To look for internships, please search the PSE job site using the keyword "internship." If there are none available at the time of your search, you may set a job alert so you will be notified when they are posted.

Other Resources (companies ENST that students have interned with)

Aberdeen Wastewater Treatment Plant
AgriBeef-Washington Beef LLC
Alcoa Inc.
Bureau of Rec. Grand Coulee Power Office
City of Ellensburg
Department of Ecology Union Gap
Department of Fish & Wildlife
Department of Natural Resource
East Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Ellensburg Solar
Energy Northwest
Farallon Consulting LLC
Granite Construction
Kittitas Conservation Trust
Kittitas County GIS
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
Mortenson Construction
Pacific Northwest Prevention Resource Center (PPRC)
Peter Pan Seafoods
Puget Sound Energy -Wildhorse Wind Farm
American horticultural Society -River Farm
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
US Forest Service
Wildland Firefighting group
Worley Bugger Fly Company
Yakima County GIS
Kitsap County Internship Program

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