Columbia Springs

Emerging Environmental Leaders Internship Program

A paid internship program focused on science education and communication. 

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Paid Science Education Internship

Each year thousands of elementary aged students come to our 100 acre natural area to learn about science and nature. Our Emerging Environmental Leaders Program (EEL) interns support their learning while contributing to our programs and building leadership skills in science education and communication.

Questions? Email or call 360-882-0936 x 226.

Apply today!

Interested in being an EEL program intern? We are looking for local applicants who are early in their career within environmental education or related fields. 

  • up to 100 hours over 10 weeks
  • early October, 2023 – December 20th, 2023
  • Must be available 1-2days a week between 8:30am-2:30pm, Tuesday-Friday.
  • Must be available for Family Nature Days on October 28th and November 18th
  • $16.50 hourly pay

To apply, complete our Program Application Form. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with first review on October 5th. Apply today!

I learned that environmental work takes many forms. It can be education, coordination, communication, and so much more. Even in a relatively small organization, I saw so many different kinds of jobs that staff members (and volunteers) did. This encouraged me that there are environmental jobs out there that will suit me well.


Intern, 2019

Emerging Leaders and Community builders

What do interns do?


Columbia Springs Family Nature Fun

Guided Observations

Interns have the opportunity to observe staff Environmental Educators to see first hand different approaches to instruction and classroom management.


Engaging Students 

Beginning as a small group leader and building up to teaching entire lessons, EEL interns engage directly with students. Feedback and reflection on best practices allow interns to build confidence in science communication and effective instruction.

Build Community

Cohort Learning 

EEL interns are part of a cohort. This provides important opportunities to share, process and learn in a community oriented and collaborative environment. 


Willie releasing a male chum salmon

Career Exploration

Interns have the opportunity to explore different career options in the natural sciences and as part of the program will have multiple opportunities to complete informational interviews or job shadowing.


Independent Projects

Each intern may complete an independent project that contributes to Columbia Springs programming in a meaningful way and aligns with interns individual goals, interests and skills. 


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Making it Happen

Interns will support programs in a variety of ways big and small and see what it’s like to work at small non-profit. 

Our Sponsors

The Youth Environmental Leadership Program is funded through support from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation and private donations from people like you