Youth Opportunities

Here is a list of some of the teen internships, jobs, and volunteer positions we have found at the various locations we visited in Seattle and around Washington State.

  • Wilderness Awareness School
    • There are two PAID Summer Camp Intern positions open for Summer 2017 at the Wilderness Awareness School.  Must be 18 or older to apply. Applications due March 3, 2017. Click here for more details and application requirements.
  • San Juan Island National Historical Park
    • Student Conservation Association (SCA): Each year San Juan Island National Historical Park hires a few SCA interns to help them with various projects. This park does not hire as many SCA as some of the other national parks, but there will be positions here. Check out the SCA page to search for internship opportunities in the park!
  • Olympic National Park
    • Student Conservation Association (SCA): The majority of SCA jobs at the National Parks are trail crews, but there are other positions available depending on the park.
  • Mount Rainier National Park
    • Student Conservation Association (SCA): Mount Rainier hires SCA interns. There are many different positions and tasks available each year, but most of them are filled for summer. Some previous SCA jobs included: Backcountry Intern, Environmental Education Intern, and Trails Volunteer Coordinator Intern. Stipend included.
    • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC): This program hires high school students for 8-10 week summer positions.
  • Seattle Art Museum
    • Art Lab: During Free First Thursday events, the SAM occasionally hosts a free art lab for teens. At the art lab, you will learn cool new art skills and work one on one with local artists.
    • Teen Arts Group: Thursdays, 4–6:30 pm & select Saturdays. This is an intensive program for high school–aged youth who are interested in leadership, are highly opinionated, want to learn about themselves and the world through art, and want to make SAM fun and engaging for teens. Participants receive community-service learning credit. Applications can be found of the SAM website.
    • Teen Night Out: Planned for teens by teens! These evenings include some of Seattle’s hottest DJs, teen art tours, live music performances, workshops, and art-making activities led by Seattle’s celebrated contemporary artists. FREE!
  • Point Defiance Zoo
    • Explore Outdoors programs: These programs offer a variety of opportunities both at the zoo and around the area. Programs include: Geocaching Adventures, Explore the Shore, Plant Nature Walks, and Estuary Escapades.
    • Volunteer at Point Defiance: There are three programs divided by age for youth ages 11-18.
  • North Cascades
    • North Cascades Institute offers a program called Youth Leadership Adventures. This program is aimed at ages 14-18 years. There are two trips available: an 8-day backpacking trip focusing on outdoor leadership and trail work and a 16-day backpacking trip focusing on science and sustainability.
    • Student Conservation Association: The majority of SCA jobs at the National Parks are trail crews, but there are other positions available depending on the park.
  • Woodland Park Zoo
    • ZooCorps:  Teens 14+ and in 9th or 10th grade can apply to participate in the ZooCorps volunteer program. The zoo’s description states that youth are provided with “a unique opportunity to develop useful job/public speaking skills, increase their knowledge of animals and their habitats, and to expand their conservation awareness, in a collaborative and fun learning environment at the zoo and beyond.”
  • Burke Museum
    • Volunteer positions: The Burke Museum hires University of Washington students to be volunteer docents or help create programs for the Burke.
    • Each year the Burke’s Docent Programs Manager hires one intern to help her at the museum. It is an unpaid position and can be a college or high school student.
  • The Wing Luke Museum
    • YouthCAN: A program for Asian Pacific American high school students to work on art and leadership while exploring their heritage and working on hands-on community involvement projects. There are two paid positions in this program called Youth Leads. They are hired to lead the YouthCAN program.
  • Pacific Science Center
    • Science Café: These programs are located at various café in the greater Seattle area. They have local scientists present their research and answer questions. At the specific teen events, scientists will have more in depth conversations with the teens. You can also joint the Teen Science Café Leadership Team and help plan these events!
    • Discovery Corps: This is a volunteer program for high school students 14 and older. The volunteers will be unpaid at the beginning, but when a volunteer has logged 100 hours, they can be promoted to a paid position. Volunteers will do various jobs around the science center.
    • Lake Washington Watershed Internship: This year-long position teaches teens about habitat restoration and stream monitoring. This internship is located at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Centre.
  • Experience Music Project (EMP)
    • Youth Advisory Board: This group of high school students meets bimonthly for six months and works with the museum to develop youth programs and events. Application can be found on EMP’s website.
  • Museum of History and Industry
    • Youth Advisory program: This teen program is for those aged between 13-19 years. The six month program offers the opportunity for teens to plan events and make recommendations on how to make the museum more inviting for teens. Position includes a stipend.
    • MOHAI Gallery Ambassadors: This is a volunteer docent program for those of you who are outgoing and passionate about Seattle history.
  • Teens in Public Service (TIPS)
    • This program hires teens for the summer and then places them in jobs at non-profit organizations in the Seattle area.
  • Seattle Tilth
    • Seattle Youth Garden Works employs 16-21 year old underserved and homeless youth and provides training in urban farming and leadership development.
    • The program is a year long, and begins in the spring with 4-week spring crew to start with to try out the program, and then interested participants can stay on for the rest of the year.
  • Seward Park Audubon Center
    • Tenacious Roots is an opportunity for teens to get their community service hours by working on climate change through a local lens.