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Spring Break Youth Corps

Author: Carrie Clendaniel | 02/28/18

Youth Corps kids show off the flying squirrel nesting boxes they built. We'll monitor the boxes with wildlife cameras to see who takes up residence!

2017 Youth Corps members show off the flying squirrel nesting boxes they built for placement at Jefferson Land Trust preserves. Youth Corps members will learn about local ecology and natural resource management, and gain on-the-ground experience for careers in land management.

Jefferson Land Trust seeks high-school students aged 16 and up for our 2018 Spring Break Youth Corps! Applications are due by March 21, so don’t delay.

This field-based internship program runs from April 2 – April 6, 2018; 9:30 am – 4 pm. Transportation to work sites will be provided from Quilcene Schools. A light lunch will be provided, and a stipend of $250 for participation in the full week. See details of each work day in the Program Overview below.


The applicant 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 be physically demanding – 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 School.


This position is open to high school students aged 16 and up. A parent/guardian signature on Release Form will be required for participation in this internship
This position is physically demanding. Applicant must be able to walk over uneven terrain, across streams, through thick brush, blackberry, and up and down slopes. Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions, including sun and rain. Must be able to work with shovels, mattocks, loppers, and other hand tools (instruction provided). Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
Jefferson Land Trust will provide transportation for students from Quilcene School.

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

Stipend: $250 for participation in full week.

Applications due by March 21, 2018. To apply, please electronically submit a short description of applicable experience or skills to Carrie Clendaniel at

2018 Youth Corps Position Description

2018 Spring Break Youth Corps Program Overview