Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) is an award-winning 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the greater Cedar River / Lake Washington Watershed. The watershed is home to more than 83 species of fish and wildlife and 14 species of concern such as sockeye salmon and the endangered Chinook salmon. It is also home to 22% of Washington’s human population. The watershed is our home. Its future is ours.
Our roots are in the water. The 143 square miles of the protected upper watershed provide clean drinking water to over one million King County residents. It is unique—one of only six protected municipal watersheds in the country and the only one owned by the people who depend on it. FCRW began in 1996 with the charter to support the construction of the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, and since then has evolved to promote stewardship and education about the importance restoring the Cedar River / Lake Washington Watershed.
Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, schools, individuals, and businesses, we link local citizens to environmental stewardship efforts including volunteer habitat restoration events, salmon recovery efforts, and conservation and education programs in order to preserve these finite resources for future generations.
The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Program (VHR) engages youth and adult volunteers in hands-on restoration activities. Volunteer activities include the removal of invasive species and weed suppression, planting of native plants, watering, weeding, mulching, and monitoring. The VHR internship focuses on learning and understanding the habitat restoration process and assisting with volunteer events, including volunteer management and environmental education.
- Assist with volunteer events, including volunteer management, set up, clean up, and safety
- Provide environmental education to volunteers and community
- Professionally represent FCRW to community, partners, and volunteers
- Volunteer recruitment
- Office work including data entry, filing, organizing, and other tasks as assigned
- Knowledge of restoration ecology, native and invasive plants of the Pacific Northwest, and forest succession
- Excellent public speaking skills
- Ability to manage time and people effectively in a sometimes chaotic environment
- Self-starter, reliable, and able to work with minimal supervision
- A naturally friendly and accommodating personality
- Reliable personal transportation
- Flexibility to work some nights and most Saturdays
The VHR Intern position requires a minimum commitment of 20 office hours and 2 Saturday restoration events per month.
This is an unpaid position. The internship builds public speaking skills, leadership skills, understanding of community organization and recruitment, understanding of the habitat restoration process, and ability to educate the public on environmental topics. We are happy to work with interns to develop other related skills that are beneficial to personal career path and goals.
Please submit resume and letter of interest outlining your qualifications to Amy Kaeser at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11, 2014.