Ochoco Mountains Outreach Internship

Oregon Wild Internships

Do you love Oregon’s wildlands and wildlife? Do you want to protect the things that make our state special for future generations? Do you like organizing events to help people experience the great outdoors? Are you a skilled communicator, interested in helping interact with the public regarding local conservation issues? An internship with Oregon Wild might be just right for you!

This internship provides an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a conservation advocacy organization while also supporting the critical mission of Oregon Wild.

Ochoco Mountains Outreach Intern

General Responsibilities:      

  • Outreach in support of the Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area campaign - 30%
    Seek opportunities to educate and grow support for the Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area proposal (OMNRA).  Activities will include tabling at summer festivals, events, hikes, and campouts. This intern will also be responsible social media content.
  • Business endorsements -25%
    Gather endorsements of Bend businesses in support for the Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area proposal. Intern will identify key businesses, set up meetings and secure letters of support.
  • Field Work – 25%
    Support efforts to develop and refine proposals to expand protected Wilderness in Oregon.  The primary campaign would be the Ochoco Mountains National Recreation Area but would also support other campaigns as needed. The field work would include surveying and documenting trails and roads in the Ochoco National Forest and finding new trail options and backpacking loops to write-up and include on the ‘Recreation Guide to the Ochoco Mountains.’  
  • Program and general administrative support – 20%
    Support the day to day operations of Oregon Wild and its Wilderness campaigns.  This includes representing the organization at tabling events and other public gatherings, and providing general office support.

Minimum qualifications:
A demonstrated passion for Wilderness and the conservation of America’s public lands is mandatory.  The ideal candidate must be friendly, positive and outgoing, and enjoy interacting with people from all walks of life.  S/he will be able take direction well, be able to take initiative, and be able to work independently when needed.  Experience conducting field surveys or similar work in backcountry conditions is helpful.  Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and their own transportation. While much of the field work can be done by vehicle, candidates should be in reasonably fit shape and able to hike up to 5-10 miles per day.

Good photography skills and experience writing for social media, web sites, blogs and similar electronic publications is a plus.  Experience with GPS is not required but would be beneficial.  Students studying in the areas of environmental science, communications, GIS, and government, as well as those looking to pursue a career in conservation and/or advocacy, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Work Schedule:
20-40 hours per week, flexible schedule. This internship would include a combination of office and field work as well as substantial public interaction. Position would be based in the Oregon Wild Bend office.

To Apply:
E-mail your contact information along with a short cover letter (max. 1 page), resume, availability (dates & hours/week), and two references. You are also welcome to submit a writing sample. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received prior to March 15th. Please send to:

Sarah Cuddy
Ochoco Mountains Coordinator

Oregon Wild