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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

Native Habitat Restoration Technician (Portland)
Restore salmon habitat in the Sandy River watershed by removing invasive species. Projects include plant monitoring and weed eradication using manual, mechanical, and chemical methods. Kayaking/rafting may be required, as is a strong swimming ability. Commitment: minimum 72 hours (at least eight 9-hour work days on Tuesdays -Thursdays between August 5 and October 16). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to by June 27.

You are also welcome to check our volunteer classifieds, as there are many to choose from scattered across the state!

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,, or call our National Job Hotline at (703) 247-3721.

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