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Now Accepting Applications for Spring Break Youth Corps!

Author: Carrie Clendaniel | 03/13/19

2018 Youth Corps members

2018 Youth Corps members pose in front of their newly constructed ATV barrier. Unauthorized ATV use on a steep slope above the Duckabush River had caused significant erosion and unnatural water flow.

Jefferson Land Trust is seeking five high school students aged 16 and up for our 2019 Spring Break Youth Corps!

This field-based internship program runs from April 1 – April 5, 2019 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm each day. Transportation to work sites will be provided from Quilcene Schools (and possibly from Port Townsend and/or Chimacum).

A light lunch will be provided each day. Each student who successfully completes all five days of the internship will receive a $250 stipend. Find a schedule in the Position Description document linked below.


2018 Youth Corps members

2018 Youth Corps members work with 18-25 year old Americorps crew members for the day on a habitat restoration project. Guest speaker Erik came in at lunch to demonstrate some handy knot work and talk about his career with Washington State Parks.

The corps members will work as part of a team of high school students to complete a variety of tasks necessary to maintain or restore our local natural lands to their best possible condition. The work will be entirely outdoors and will involve visiting some of the most remote places and difficult terrain that Jefferson Land Trust protects and stewards for wildlife habitat.

With each new task, corps members will learn the importance of the management activity to forest and stream health. Examples of tasks include: blackberry thicket removal, survey across steep, uneven terrain, trash removal from creek corridor, in-creek removal of nightshade that can block fish passage, and habitat restoration. Transportation to sites will be provided from Quilcene Schools.


  • This position is open to high school students aged 16 and up.
  • This position is physically demanding. Applicants must be able to:
    • walk over uneven terrain, across streams, through thick brush, and up and down slopes
    • work outdoors in various weather conditions, including sun and rain
    • work with shovels, mattocks, loppers, and other hand tools (gloves, tools, and instruction provided)
  • A parent/guardian signature on Release Form will be required for participation in this internship.
2918 Youth Corps members

2918 Youth Corps members cool their feet after a morning of hard work.

Necessary items (this gear is available to borrow by pre-arrangement):

  • Rubber boots and work boots/sturdy footwear
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Personal water bottle

What You Get

Stipend: $250 for participation in full week.

Education and Experience: Introduction to forest ecology, salmon habitat and life cycle, and natural land management activities.

Transportation: Jefferson Land Trust will provide transportation for students from Quilcene School; transportation from Port Townsend and/or Chimacum may be possible.

Lunch: a light lunch will be provided each day.

To Apply

Applications are due by 5 p.m on March 25, 2019. The application process is simple.

To apply, please send an email to Carrie Clendaniel at with the following information:

  1. your name, high school, and date of birth
  2. a description of something you love about the outdoors
  3. a description of applicable experience or skills
  4. if you will need any gear from the necessary items list above (rain boots, rain jacket, or rain pants and the sizes)
  5. if you can meet in Quilcene or if you’ll need alternative transportation and, if so, from where

2019 Youth Corps Position Description

2019 Spring Break Youth Corps Welcome, Overview and Expectations

Program sponsored by Craft3 and other generous donors.