Volunteer Internships

If your environmental studies or ecology program offers you school credit for applied, hands-on experience, consider pursuing your academic goals with us!

Students at all levels (including associates, undergraduates, graduates, etc.) are welcome to contact us. While the majority of our interns conduct outdoor field projects during the spring and summer, we do offer outdoor placements for the fall and winter months as well as some indoor, office-based placements.

Current Opportunities


Cascade Head Field Monitoring Assistant
The Nature Conservancy conducts ongoing monitoring to evaluate the health of the coastal grassland system at our Cascade Head Preserve, on the central Oregon coast. Volunteers with education and/or skills in botany and grassland ecology are needed to assist Conservancy staff in conducting this monitoring. Volunteers will learn how to conduct nested-frequency vegetation monitoring and how to identify coastal grassland plant species in order to collect data that will be used to analyze how the plant community composition has changed since this monitoring was initiated in 1986. This position is 8-16 weeks long between June 1- September 30. Volunteers may provide anywhere from 16-40 hours of service each week, and dorm-style housing may be available if needed.
To apply: contact Molly Dougherty at mdougherty@tnc.org. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis.

Past interns have made incredibly valuable contributions to The Nature Conservancy through their work and have used their experience to further their academic and professional careers in the environmental field.

If our goals are well-suited, we will work with you in tailoring placements to complement your studies. A few examples of past placements include projects conducting invertebrate, amphibian and avian inventories and surveys at preserves throughout Oregon and projects researching and mapping the abundance of invasive, exotic species.

The Nature Conservancy is not able to offer a stipend for these positions. If you are interested in paid seasonal fieldwork, please visit employment section of The Nature Conservancy's web site, nature.org/careers, or call our National Job Hotline at (703) 247-3721.

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