Job Opening: Summer Internships

Whale Scout, a nonprofit organization based in King County, Washington is looking for summer interns to assist with salmon habitat restoration and outreach/educational activities with the public. Dedicated to protecting Pacific Northwest whales through land-based conservation experiences, Whale Scout takes a boots-on-the-ground approach to recovering endangered Southern Resident killer whales and the salmon they rely upon. This internship will offer the opportunity to learn not just about killer whales but about salmon habitat, native vegetation, communication, community building, and non-profit organizational management. It will also offer those 18 and older time in the field and experience educating the public including diverse kids and families. The internship will also include opportunities to participate in day trips to San Juan Island and local Puget Sound beaches to facilitate educational land-based whale watching opportunities. Two positions are available lasting 10 weeks with a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and associated expenses. Application due June 15th.

  • Description of Responsibilities

Summer watering and maintenance of newly planted native vegetation at restoration sites within King County

Outreach performing educational activities working with kids and families in King County

Land-based whale watching with the public at Puget Sound beaches and day trips to San Juan Island (3-5) as part of the San Juan Island Naturalist Program

Data entry and some administration tasks

Participation in educational field trips

Capstone project of the interns choice which may include a paper, presentation, or video, etc.

  • Benefits

$1,000 stipend to cover the cost of travel and associated expenses

Continuing educational opportunities including field trips

Networking opportunities

Experience working with diverse communities

Experience doing habitat restoration

Upon successful completion of internship a letter of recommendation for future positions

  • Desired start date

June 21st

  • Timeline

Applications due: June 15th

Interviews: June 18 – 19th

Internship June 21 – August 31st

  • Commitment

Commitment 20 hours per week (approx).

Schedule will vary and include some weekends

  • Skills and Qualifications

Computer skills – use of Google products such as Google calendar, Google docs, Google sheets. Must have access to a computer/internet/email regularly

Be able to lift 40 lbs

Interest in teaching a diverse group of students both in and out of the classroom.

Proven personal initiative and ability to multitask, prioritize, use good judgement, problem solve, and work effectively both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment.

Ability to hike several miles and serve outdoors in all weather conditions.

Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and detail-oriented organizational skills.

Must be at least 18 years old on first day of internship

Must provide personal transportation to sites across King County and Anacortes, Wa. Travel to south Puget Sound and Mount Vernon for a field trips.

Must possess a valid driver’s license

Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.

Willingness to store teaching some teaching materials at home.

Some basic knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, flora and fauna.

Willingness to learn more about the threats and science regarding Southern Resident killer whales

Housing not provided.

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