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West Multnomah S.W.C.D. - Field Conservation Intern & GIS & Field Conservation Intern

Posted: 12/28/2021
Salary​: $17.31/hour
Location: Portland, OR


West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is looking for two uniquely talented and experienced individuals to join our team. We’re hiring one Field Conservation Intern and one GIS & Field Conservation Intern for the 2022 field season. Please share the attached announcement with your networks.


Both internships are part-time. Visit our website to learn more about the positions and how to apply.


Two positions: 1) Field Conservation Intern, and 2) GIS & Field Conservation Intern

Location: Portland, Oregon

Pay: $17.31/hr

Work hours: 20 hrs/week, 2-3 days/week

Application deadline: 5:00pm PST Friday, January 28, 2022


The minimum qualifications for education and/or experience include:

  • Experienced with plant identification: Able to recognize and name common plants of the Pacific Northwest, trained in the use of plant identification resources, knowledgeable of plant anatomy and/or traditional ecological knowledge of plants and first foods
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Excel and Word software (or similar): Able to enter data and create graphs and compose written documents incorporating text, pictures, and tables
  • Able to work outdoors under a range of conditions and terrain
  • Willing to work with and apply herbicides alongside other District staff members who are licensed herbicide applicators and who will provide training and supervision
  • GIS & Field Conservation Intern position ONLY - Competent at using ArcGIS mapping software: Able to import, create, and edit both spatial and attribute data in ArcGIS and create readable maps incorporating clear symbology and basic cartography elements such as labels, keys and scale references.


Other qualifications include:

  • Previous participation in an environmental workforce development program (such as, but not limited to: Green Jobs Internship and Training Program, VERDE, Wisdom Workforce, Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team/TNT, TALON, or Northwest Youth Corps)
  • Active students working toward a vocational or associates degree with an interest in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental education, or another related field
  • Experience with discussing, learning, and/or teaching about issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; utilizing tools such as an equity lens in decision making; engagement with marginalized communities and/or individuals.
  • Personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, including exploration of power and privilege, a willingness to self-reflect, and experience engaging with marginalized communities and/or individuals in a welcoming and respectful manner. 
  • Experience collecting field data and maintaining field notes
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Maintain positive, cooperative relationships with others and conducts work in a professional manner


How to Apply

  • Interested applicants may apply for one or both positions. Past WMSWCD interns are not eligible for re-hire for this internship, though Green Jobs Program interns are eligible. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline, 5:00 pm, January 28, 2022.
  • Fill out a brief eligibility checklist through our online form:
  • You will then be prompted through the online form to upload a cover letter (maximum length of ONE page) and resume (maximum length of TWO pages).
  • In your cover letter and resume, please discuss or give examples of how your personal and/or professional experiences meet the Minimum Qualifications and Desired Experience, Abilities, and Attributes, and share your ability to work under the Job Conditions, for optimal consideration for an interview.
  • Applicants are eligible for Veterans’ Preference when applying with West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information on required materials to submit, please see our Veterans’ Preference Policy:


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization: in those we serve, in our workforce composition, through the contractors we hire, and in those that benefit from our work. We welcome and encourage applications from Black and Indigenous individuals, people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.


The District does not discriminate based on any class or identity including age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status. The District is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. The District makes reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and special needs so as to provide access to District events, materials and services. If you have requests for accommodations or complaints about discrimination, harassment, inequitable treatment, lack of access to District events, materials or services, or for any questions at all, please contact us at or call (503) 238-4775 and leave a message with a return phone number at Extension 100.