5 Internship Positions with Cascade Land Conservancy

Cascade Land Conservancy fills a unique niche as the largest land conservation, stewardship and community building organization in Washington State.  For over 20 years, The Conservancy has led efforts to conserve more than 163,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas.  It has partnered with dozens of communities across the region to protect and restore our neighborhood trails and parks and helped cities make smart choices about future growth.

Intern Announcements—apply by Dec. 6

Cascade Land Conservancy
615 Second Ave, Suite 600
, WA 98104
Phone 206-292-5907


1.  Policy and Database Undergraduate Intern

Reports to: TDR Project Manager
Seattle, WA
Position Type:
Part time unpaid

The Cascade Land Conservancy works as a regional land trust and stewardship organization, conserving great lands and creating great communities. CLC has conserved more than 160,000 acres of working forests, farmlands and natural areas since its beginning in 1989. Spearheaded by the Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), the Cascade Agenda is a nationally heralded effort to change the way political, civic and business leaders think about landscape conservation and its link to the creation of vibrant, compact communities. For more information visit www.cascadeagenda.com or www.cascadeland.org. Cascade Land Conservancy offers highly practical internships which provide opportunities to learn about innovative policy work and contribute to the mission of the Cascade Agenda.

Summary of Position: CLC’s policy department is working on contracts at the state, county,and local level to help design a number of market-based resource land conservation programs.We are seeking assistance on a number of our projects, including preparing materials for outreach efforts to state, county, city, citizen, environmental, and development stakeholders; updating our national TDR program database; and completing an internal research resource tool. CLC maintains a unique, comprehensive database of conservation programs across the country. This database requires periodic updates to ensure that the contents are accurate and reflect recent conservation achievements on a national level. Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) is a market-based land use tool that promotes  responsible growth while conserving agricultural and forest lands. Through individual, voluntary transactions, development rights are transferred from privately owned farmland, forestland, andnatural areas to urban areas that can accommodate additional growth.

Specific tasks identified for an intern include:

Perform research on national TDR programs;
Design new appearances and layouts for CLC publications;
Contact national TDR program administrators to update the TDR database;
Complete an internal informational resource on conservation policy work for use within the organization.

Required Qualifications:

Strong communication skills – intern will be responsible for contacting program administrators to update the database.
Organizational skills – intern will be responsible for managing workload to meet deadlines.
Computer skills – proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Access, is preferable.
Graphics skills (preferred) – intern will be responsible for creating professional documents for national audience, experience with Adobe InDesign preferred.

Benefits: Intern will learn about current land use issues and solutions in Washington, learn the processes of how land conservation policies are advanced, gain an understanding of how land use policies can help achieve growth and conservation goals across the region, and meet with practitioners to learn about this field.

Start Date and Availability: Start date January 2011. Intern will be asked to commit for winter quarter and work at minimum10 hours per week. Internship is unpaid but offers the intern  excellent opportunities to explore a career in the field of conservation.

TO APPLY: Send a resume and letter of interest with the name of the internship in the subject line to the intern coordinator at intern@cascadeland.org


2: Cascade Agenda Cities Program Intern

Reports to: Cascade Agenda Cities Project Manager
Seattle, WA
Position Type:
Part time unpaid


Careful planning of the region’s cities will provide more choices for future generations. By building most new homes in walkable neighborhoods near transit, this new growth will not compromise natural areas, working farms and forests that make this region special. Locating homes near transportation, jobs and shopping will also make it easier to get around, helping to make the cities more affordable, attractive and safer places to live, work and raise families.

Cascade Land Conservancy’s Cascade Agenda Cities Program currently has 18 members, around the Puget Sound region who are working to make their cities more complete, compact and connected. The program works on the following priorities.

• We educate partner cities about what it takes to become a truly livable city.
• We promote work partner cities are doing to make their cities more livable.
• We help these cities-and their citizens-understand their options and make smart choices for future growth.
• We provide a framework for continuous improvement and sharing best practices that enablescities to make their communities better and better.

Please see our website for more information: http://cascadeagenda.com/cities

Position Description:

The intern will assist with all aspects of the Cascade Agenda Cities program. Specific projects we are looking for


1. Background policy research and program design – 70%
a. Work on integrating LEED ND standards into a regional mapping effort that would show smart areas for future growth in
the Puget Sound Region. This would be similar to an effort that was recently undertaken in Minnesota around the twin cities.
b. Background research on creating a scorecard/rating system for the Cascade Agenda Cities program that focused on key policy areas, a menu of policies around those and incentives
that would encourage city leaders to participate.
c. Infill development policy and education
i. Policy areas
ii. Model ordinances
iii. Speakers
iv. Barriers/incentives
2. Technical assistance – 20%
a. Update organizational CRM database with Community Stewards contact and activity data
b. Maintain / enhance project website
3. Administrative support – 10%
a. Assist in general office support and administrative tasks
b. Includes mailing, filing, data entry, scheduling


Graduate student preferred (but undergrads with strong GIS skills will be considered)
Able to work with all types of people and organizations
Must be self-directed, energetic and entrepreneurial
Must have excellent organizational skills
Academic or work experience in urban planning, GIS, public policy and/or environmental studiesrequired
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and databases necessary and ability to work with web-based and software based advocacy communications tools preferred

Start Date and Availability: Internship will start the 2nd week of January. Intern will be asked to make at least a 3 month commitment and work at least 15 hours per week.


Send a resume and letter of interest with the name of the internship in the subject line to the intern coordinator at intern@cascadeland.org.

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