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Native American Habitat Restoration Internships

Updated: Feb 14

We are recruiting interns for our Habitat Restoration Internships for Spring and Summer 2024. This paid opportunity provides Native Americans and other individuals of color who are pursuing conservation career pathways with an opportunity to receive culturally-tailored training, technical assistance, and mentoring. Internships integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge with local conservation practices with support from mid-Willamette Valley partners.


Participants will receive a $3,000 stipend for completing the nine-week internship. The training includes 166 hours of indoor classroom education and experiential service learning activities, held three days a week.

  • Spring Internship: April 1 to May 31, 2024

  • Summer Internship: July 8 to August 30, 2024


A highlight of the internship is the emphasis upon Native American habitat restoration practices that integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge principles, climate adaptation practices, and mentoring. Service learning is designed to strengthen the biodiversity and sustainability of mid-Willamette Valley ecosystems. Work sites including wetlands, Oak prairie, and organic farmland, plus Elderberry Wisdom Farm’s evolving four-acre native plant nursery and greenhouse south of Salem, OR. During the Spring internship, accredited Organic Farming training will be provided at Chemeketa Community College.


Microenterprise business opportunities are available as an option to interns motivated to become owners and operators of their own habitat restoration, native plant nursery, or other environmental or horticultural business. Promising agricultural and agroforestry opportunities include transitioning to organic farming, dry farming, and other practices that can strengthen Native American food sovereignty as well as social and economic resilience.

Must be 18 or older to apply.

If you have questions, please contact us.

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