Eugene Outdoors Program Internship

Oregon Wild Internships

Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild is a non-profit conservation organization that works to protect and restore the wildlands, wildlife, and waters that make our state such a special place. Our major campaign areas include Wilderness and forest protection, and protection and restoration of native fish and wildlife, and Oregon’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

Oregon Wild has a limited number of non-paid internship opportunities. These internships offer participants an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a conservation advocacy organization while also supporting the mission of Oregon Wild.

Eugene Outdoors Program Intern

Oregon Wild’s Eugene office is offering a spring/summer internship assisting with our outdoor program. Oregon Wild’s Outdoor Program seeks to engage outdoor lovers in supporting protection of Oregon’s beautiful public lands by leading hikes and offering information on suggested outings on our website. This internship will focus on developing basic outreach and advocacy skills focused around the Outdoor Program. 

The intern will work with Oregon Wild staff to describe hikes and market them to a diverse community to attract new hikers, communicate with hikers through our online system, attend hikes as a "shepherd" helping to keep everyone safe and together, coordinate photography and video volunteers, and generate simple brochures so hikers can take home information about the places they visit. 

This internship will have a special focus on outreach to Spanish-speaking individuals and communities. The intern will translate a few “suggested outings” on Oregon Wild’s website into Spanish, and the internship will culminate in a project to co-lead a Spanish language hike that is accessible to community members who may have limited access to other hiking opportunities due to language barriers. 

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position must be able to take direction and work with a team, but also be able to take initiative, work independently, and be self-directed. The candidate should be able to enthusiastically support Oregon Wild’s mission and core programs and should possess solid written and verbal communication skills. 

The ideal candidate is:
·    Bilingual in Spanish and English.
·    An experienced hiker, with some experience or comfort in facilitating others in exploring and enjoying the outdoors.
·    Comfortable with basic online data entry and webpage editing tools.
·    Experienced with basic graphic design software and has an eye for editing detail.
·    CPR/first aid certified, or willing to be trained in CPR and first aid.
·    Available to work on some weekend days.

Interns should have access to their own laptop computer. 

The experience and knowledge gained through this internship will be especially relevant to students studying in the areas of environmental studies, environmental science, outdoor recreation, and political science, as well as for non-students looking to pursue a career in conservation.

Compensation:
This internship is unpaid, however, it may be tailored to meet requirements for academic credit. 

Work Schedule:

10-20 hours/week for 12-16 weeks. Schedule is flexible, but will include some weekend days. Internship dates can be flexible between mid-April and mid-September.

Work Environment: 

The internship is based in Oregon Wild’s Eugene office at 1238 Lincoln Street, and is supervised by Jason Gonzales, Forest & Watershed Campaign Organizer. Much of the work will be done in the office, but some will be outdoors. Dress is casual but neat. 

To Apply:

E-mail your contact information along with a short cover letter (max. 1 page), resume, availability (dates & hours/week), and two references. Please send with the subject line “Outdoors Program Intern” to: 

Jason Gonzales
Forest & Watershed Campaign Organizer
jg@oregonwild.org

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.