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West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District - Two positions: Field Conservation Intern / GIS & Field Conservation Intern

Posted: 12/29/2022
Salary: $18.67/hr
Location: Portland, OR 

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

Location: Portland, Oregon

Pay: $18.67/hr

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

Application deadline: 5:00pm PST Friday, January 20, 2023


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


The minimum qualifications for education and/or experience include:

  • Experienced with plant identification: Proficient in recognizing and naming 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
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Excel and Word software (or similar): Ability to enter data, create graphs and compose written documents incorporating text, pictures, and tables
  • Ability to work outdoors under a range of conditions and terrain with reasonable accommodations
  • Willingness to work with and apply herbicides (using hand-operated sprayers) alongside licensed District staff members after provided training and obtaining trainee license
  • GIS & Field Conservation Intern position ONLY - Proficient in ArcGIS mapping software: Ability to import, create, and edit both spatial and attribute data in ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcPro or QGIS) and to create readable maps that incorporate 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, Blueprint Foundation, Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team/TNT, TALON, or Northwest Youth Corps)
  • Active pursuit of a vocational or associates degree with an interest in natural sciences, natural resource management, environmental education, or another related field
  • 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 individuals in a welcoming and respectful manner
  • Experience collecting field data and maintaining field notes
  • Proven ability to maintain positive, cooperative relationships with others, and conducts work in a professional manner


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. Interns will be provided with equity training, are expected to help co-create an inclusive work environment with fellow staff, and are invited to participate more deeply through the District’s diversity, equity, and inclusion committee or other opportunities.


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.