Wisdom Workforce Development Internships

Paid internship opportunities for Native American adults and BIPOC in the Portland area.
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The leadership of Native American communities and other BIPOC professionals in the environmental sector is dynamic and growing!

WWD 2022

Wisdom of the Elders, Inc is proud to offer paid internship opportunities that give environmental education and job skills to people who want to work in the environmental sector. We focus on environmental restoration and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Native peoples in this program.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will meet online and in person each week from September 13th to December 7th, 2022.

Every Tuesday & Thursday, the cohort will gain hands-on experience in the field with partner organizations, cultural practitioners, and environmental scientists or experts. Each Wednesday will be class day online (Google Meets) where Wisdom’s TEK Instructor, Dawn Lowe (Hawaiian,Apache, Mohawk), will hold space for us all to learn together about:

  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Native peoples (also known as TEK)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) -related concepts
  • Native American cultural arts and plant medicine
  • Environmental habitat restoration and biocultural restoration
  • Environmental career pathways and personal stories

Out of concern for our community, we are asking everyone to have a driver’s license and their own vehicle to get to the natural area work sites, get a ride/drop off, or use public transportation. We ask all participants to respect social distancing protocols, mask up and keep each other safe when meeting in person.

WWD Internship 2022 Science
WWD Internship 2022 Trail Work

More WWD Details

  • Participants receive stipends of $4200, paid in increments every two weeks during the program
  • For help with transportation or technology (TriMet passes/borrowed tablets or computers, etc),
  • Please send questions to adrienne@wisdomoftheelders.org 
  • In the past, some of the knowledge or practices we share in these spaces were forcibly withheld from our communities. To protect Native peoples and cultures, Wisdom of the Elders will never share any sacred or secret knowledge, family harvest sites, stories that are not ours or that are inappropriate to share with just anyone. We are not medicine people and we do not train others in that way.

After graduation, WWD graduates can: 

  1. Receive assistance in future applications to work or school opportunities that will benefit your career pathway
  2. Apply for employment with our WWD, LLC Habitat Restoration contract firm in Portland as Field Technician
  3. Explore employment options with our partner organizations when they arise with assistance from Wisdom staff
  4. Apply for future job positions that open up at Wisdom of the Elders 501(c)3 non-profit

Online Application

Apply today with this online survey