The Deschutes Land Trust’s mission is to work cooperatively with landowners throughout Central Oregon to conserve land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities.
The intern will primarily contribute to the Deschutes Land Trust’s work on climate change, strategic conservation planning, and public use of preserves, along with more broadly helping shape our approach to community conservation throughout the Deschutes Basin.
Specific projects may include:
• Organizing a series of workshops about climate change impacts and climate justice in Central Oregon for landowners, nonprofits, politicians, academics, and others interested in the topic.
• Helping develop land acquisition and conservation strategies for the Upper Deschutes River and Upper Crooked River, two key focus areas for expanding the Land Trust’s work.
• Developing policies for public use (e.g. hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, etc.) of our preserves as part of the Land Trust’s commitment to community conservation and public access.
What you will do
Help with landowner outreach in strategic conservation focus areas along the Upper Deschutes and Upper Crooked Rivers.
Contact and engage speakers for the local climate change workshop series.
Organize event spaces and marketing for climate change workshop series.
Help lead occasional hikes and tours on Land Trust preserves.
Research and write in-depth histories of the Land Trust’s properties throughout Central Oregon.
Eligibility and Requirements:
Strong communication, writing, and editing skills.
Attention to detail.
Organization and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to spend days hiking in the field in all types of weather on varied, off-trail terrain.
Familiarity and/or experience with GIS.
Interest in land and natural resources in the rural Pacific Northwest from a legal, scientific, political, historical, and/or social perspective.
Background in climate change science and/or policy.
Prior field work, including data collection, restoration, and outdoor education.
Students who will begin their junior, senior, or co-term year in the fall of 2019 should apply for this internship. While the Land Trust’s work is largely environmental, students from many majors would bring useful skills to this internship. Relevant majors include Earth Systems, Biology, Human Biology, Atmosphere and Energy Engineering, Environmental Systems Engineering, Geology, Communication, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and History, among others.