Summer 2021 Community Engagement Internship

Background:

The Land Trust is a local non-profit who works to preserve the natural ecosystems that make Vashon-Maury Island so special. Our programs focus on activities like land conservation, habitat restoration, trail building, and sustainable agriculture.  As we enter into a future where climate justice is at the forefront, we are looking towards the youth to provide leadership, insight and guidance on how to succeed in this broadened mission.

The Work: The High School Internship is a 2-month, paid position under the direction of the Executive Director. It was created to support and inform the Land Trust’s next Strategic Plan through a Latinx community survey project. Students will work with local professionals to design a social impact study, gather community data, and help develop local strategies towards a climate just future.

The Terms:

  • Part-time, 20 hours per week, flexible hours and days, (may include a few evenings or weekends)
  • Temporary position from July 1 through September 1
  • Pay of $13.69/hour
  • Benefits include sick leave and worker’s compensation

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual skills (English and Spanish)
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Hardworking, enthusiastic and curious approach
  • Willingness and sensitivity in engaging diverse community members
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Interest in outreach/education or conservation is a plus

To Apply: Please submit a 1-page letter which describes your interest in this project, as well as other relevant information such as previous employment, community service, or education goals. Letters of interest are due by Friday, June 25th at 5pm, via email to Kate Riley at kate@vashonlandtrust.org.

The Vashon Land Trust is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, disability, age, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable laws.

2021 Matsuda Farm Field Crew Job Opening – Click for job application

Matsuda Farm, part of the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, seeks a motivated crew member for our 2021 Field Crew! This historic farm was purchased from the Matsuda family in 2015, ensuring its future as protected farmland under the stewardship of the Land Trust, a non-profit committed to conservation on Vashon Island.

The Terms:

  • Full-time (40 hours per week), Tuesday through Saturday, 8am-4:30pm
  • Temporary/Seasonal, June through October
  • Pay of $15/hour, plus farm produce as available
  • Benefits include sick leave and worker’s compensation.

The Work: The Field Crew works alongside farm staff in all aspects of vegetable production. The work will vary, but includes bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvesting, washing, and packing a variety of vegetables. Workers may also be involved in greenhouse work, grounds maintenance, or other aspects of the operation such as community engagement.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to repeatedly lift up to 50 pounds
  • Capacity to perform strenuous physical work in all weather conditions
  • Hardworking, enthusiastic and curious approach
  • Ability to work within an English-speaking team
  • Desired language skills in Spanish

To Apply: Please fill out an application and call/text the Land Trust at 206.392.6071 to drop it off (we are only open by appointment). Alternatively, you can scan and email it to Caitlin Ames, Farm Manager: caitlin@vashonlandtrust.org.

The Vashon Land Trust is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, disability, age, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable laws.

COVID-19 Note: Matsuda Farm requires strict adherence to COVID-19 precautions and protocols which are in accordance with the CDC, Washington State, and local Health Department guidance. To keep everyone safe, employees are required to wear masks when indoors and maintain 6 ft. distance from others whenever possible.

2021 Land Conservation Internship

The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust’s work permanently preserves and stewards land on Vashon and Maury Islands, in the heart of the Puget Sound. Our Stewardship program is largely comprised of on-site preserve management, habitat restoration, trail maintenance/new trail construction and invasive species removal. The position includes informal educational opportunities, wilderness first aid training, native plant identification, restoration design and citizen science data collection. This internship will also take us to the Elwha for a week to work with the Elwha tribe on their restoration work related to dam removal.  The Land Trust is currently seeking three seasonal interns to join our Stewardship crew from May 1 through October 2021.

Essential Functions
Preserve Stewardship
  • Work with crew members to accomplish a variety of stewardship actions including but not limited to habitat restoration, project maintenance, invasive weed removal, and tool maintenance.
  • Conduct regular trail maintenance and assist with new trail construction, including but not limited to weed whacking, turnpike and bridge building, brush clearing.
  • Fall planting of new restoration sites and/or supplemental planting in existing sites.
  • Participate in volunteer work parties on preserves.
  • Small construction projects, building kiosks, trail signs, and trail structures.
  • Maintenance of buildings and other infrastructure owned by The Vashon Land Trust.
  • Represent Vashon Land Trust to preserve visitors, neighbors, and community members.
Requirements

Candidates must have enthusiasm for working outdoors, and an interest in building a career in Conservation/Natural resource management. Candidates should be capable of spending large parts of the day working outdoors performing physically challenging tasks for the duration of the internship.

Candidates should be self-motivated, with an ability to motivate others and develop leadership skills as the job allows.  Candidates should be able to work well within a group and have fun doing challenging projects that benefit the environment and the community.   Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. Appropriate fields of study include conservation biology, ecology, and natural resources management, and philosophy.

Compensation and Schedule

This position includes an hourly wage of $13.50/hour and includes shared housing. It is full time, 40 hours/ week, and temporary (April 1- October 29). We work 10-hour days Monday through Thursday from 7 to 5. Interns will share a three-bedroom apartment that has a living space, bathroom, and kitchen. The apartment is furnished and has necessary living amenities and includes all utilities.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and references to:

Keller@vashonlandtrust.org and Abel@vashonlandtrust.org