The Lake Washington Watershed Internship (LWWIP) has two cohorts. One is offered in the Northshore School District area and meets at the University of Washington | Bothell campus. The other is offered in the Bellevue School District area and meets at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. It is a school year program that assists teens in becoming informed stewards of their local community. Motivated youth with an interest in science or teaching will be directly involved in environmental stewardship, presenting educational programs to elementary students, as well as exciting projects and training opportunities. The immediate activities are fun, but the long term benefits are great too: youth will develop job skills, learn about science careers and be mentored through their involvement with professional staff.
This application is for the Mercer Slough cohort. Applicants must live or go to school within the Bellevue school district to apply. Internship meetings are every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center. We will also meet on approximately 2 Saturdays per month (once for stream monitoring and another time for Restoration or other enrichment opportunities, some months there will be only one Saturday meeting, dates for these meetings have yet to be determined). From February through May there will also be outreach programs that interns will teach from approximately 2pm to 5pm (times dependent on partner organizations).
The program consists of 13 interns with a focus on local creeks within the Lake Washington Watershed. Youth volunteers gain a greater understanding of the world around them through participation in weekly after school meetings, monthly field work on Saturdays, teaching, habitat restoration and field trips.
As a Lake Washington Watershed Intern, teens have the opportunity to learn environmental science concepts through hands-on activities and develop presentation and teaching skills during the weekly meetings. They participate in monthly stream monitoring as a way to learn both physical and chemical water quality testing techniques and use that information to evaluate the health of the watershed. Youth are also directly involved in habitat restoration which includes collaboration with restoration professionals, site surveys, invasive plant removal and the introduction of native plants.
In addition, Interns present interactive science lessons to K – 5th grade youth once per month, from February to May. This teaching experience is an opportunity for teens to mentor elementary-aged students about their local environment and teach about topics that range from wildlife to watersheds. Interns also have opportunities for environmental education outreach to peers and their community.
Finally, Interns explore their local environment through outdoor experiences such as hiking, canoeing and an end-of-the-year camping trip to explore the diverse watersheds of Washington State.
Once youth have completed 100 hours and one year with the program as a volunteer, they will be assessed on skill development, performance and dedication to the program. If expectations are met, they may have the opportunity to be promoted to a second or third year with the Internship.
The Internship year begins the end of September and ends the following June. Interested teens are encouraged to submit an application or contact us throughout the year.
If you have any questions, contact Mercer Slough at (425) 450-0207 or Mercer.Slough.Teens@pacsci.org.
INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION
• High school student, age 14+.
• Live and/or go to school within the Bellevue School District
• Experience working with children desired.
• Smiling team player; positive attitude; service-oriented.
• Able to commit to the Internship program as outlined below in Intern Expectations.
• Able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.
• Flexible, committed, and passionate about the environment and/or working with children.
• Obtain field science experience.
• Gain valuable leadership, presentation and job skills.
• Volunteers receive Pacific Science Center Membership benefits.
• Work with professional Environmental Educators and Scientists as mentors.
• Achieve 100+ hours of volunteer service to the community.
• Receive bus tickets for transportation to meetings and events.
• Gain experience for a resume or college applications.