Internship Opportunities

The Center for Natural Lands Management offers several internships in native prairie, oak woodland and riparian habitat restoration. Internships are available to both local and international individuals. The Center has hosted interns from all over the US, and from as far afield as Switzerland. The internship will offer a wide variety of opportunities to learn and gain professional experience in restoration and science. Individuals interested in conservation are encouraged to apply for one of our internships. Internships may be modified to fit your academic and professional needs.

Native Plant Nursery Steward:
You will work with over 100 different plant species which The Center for Natural Lands Management is actively restoring through seed collection propagation, and planting. There is a focus on restoring over 45 rare species on the prairie. Golden Paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), is one of these rare species. The Center for Natural Lands Management, in partnership with several other organizations, has done quite a bit of research on the plant, including studies to understand its hemi-parasitic properties. The work done by the Native Plant Nursery Steward changes seasonally; expected tasks include nursery weeding, planting, seed collection, sowing plants in plugs, and building and repairing nursery infrastructure. Contact Sierra Smith to learn more about seasonal opportunities.

Prairie Restoration:
The Center for Natural Lands Management works with several different state and federal agencies to provide restoration on private and public property. The Prairie Restoration intern will assist with planting native plants, sowing seeds, invasive plant control, oak restoration, and prescribed fire. Scotch broom is one of the more prevalent invasive weeds on the prairie. It is a nitrogen fixing shrub that can change the soil chemistry and vegetation structure of the prairie, which in turn makes it more suitable for other non-native plants. To learn more about opportunities as a Prairie Restoration Intern contact Sanders Freed.

Riparian Restoration:
The Center for Natural Lands Management works on restoring habitat for salmon, as well as controlling a very aggressive non native weed called knotweed. This position will assist with river restoration, which includes knotweed removal, riparian planting, aquatic weed control, amphibian monitoring and cavity box monitoring.

Prairie Restoration Science:
The Center for Natural Lands Management is actively managing and restoring thousands of acres of native prairie throughout western Washington. This work requires that we use the most effective and efficient restoration techniques available. The Prairie Restoration Science Intern will help to investigate and improve our understanding of prairie ecology and restoration methods using the latest technology and information available. Examples of restoration research projects include: 1) Investigating large-scale seeding techniques and application rates; 2) Enhancing native plant establishment using mycorrhizal fungi; 3) Improving the use of prescribed fire as a restoration tool; and 4) Investigating abundance, diversity and role of native pollinators in the prairie ecosystem. Contact Sarah Hamman to learn more about research opportunities.

We are flexible regarding the duration of internship, but we recommend staying a minimum of 12-24 weeks (1-2 academic quarters or one semester) with work weeks ranging between 24-40 hours. Please contact us to inquire about availability during the time period you are interested in coming. Most of these internships are unpaid, however, we will help you to design an experience that is in your field of interest and will satisfy any academic requirements.

If you are not a US resident, you will be responsible for obtaining all necessary visas or visa-waivers. We will assist with finding a place to live but do not provide housing; however a stipend may be available to help with housing.