USFWS- Examining Water Access and Quality with Communities Intern

Website Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office or the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge


Must be enrolled until 2024.

Start Date: June 19th           

End Date: September 1st, 2023


Start Date: May 22nd           

End Date: August 4th, 2023 

Compensation: $600/week ( 11 weeks) + health insurance (if needed). Travel costs to trainings, the site and back home are covered by the program. Support with housing provided. Transportation is required.

Application Due: February 6th, 2023

Environment for the Americas seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse professionals in natural resource careers.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal residentCar is required
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their internship

Please Apply HERE

Position Description:

Water access is an equity issue, as land management practices have created a disparity in access for the disabled community. It is becoming more and more critical to address the issue of water access with the increase in heat waves and harmful algal blooms caused by climate change. Access to benefits is more difficult for people with disabilities and those with multi-marginalized identities. This internship will support a USFWS partnership with two non-profit organizations, Adventures Without Limits and Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection that seek to address this disparity in the Portland area for people with disabilities.

The intern will work at an exciting intersection of environmental and social systems and are encouraged to apply their personal interests and ideas to their work towards the goal of addressing water access disparities in the Portland community. The intern will gain experience in:

  • Researching universally accessible water access projects globally and water quality and safety improvement projects and trends in the Portland area
  • Engaging with a variety of conservation partners to develop and communicate findings
  • Participating in field activities at water access and restoration sites to further the development of reliable access
  • Conducting community engagement with organizations that serve people with disabilities and BIPOC communities in the Portland area to determine needs and interests

Work Products:  During the internship experience, the intern will:

  • Create weekly blog posts shared on social media informing on internship experience and work projects

Intern Qualifications:

  • Ability to work well with coworkers and function effectively as a member of a team and during independent work

Other Requirements:

  • Attend bi-weekly check in with EFTA staff and meet as a group on a monthly basis
  • Strong communication skills to work with the cohort, EFTA staff, government agency staff, and the public

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