Wisdom Workforce Development Internship Program

Providing environmental conservation and restoration training and
career pathways for Portland’s Native adults


Wisdom Workforce Development is providing Native American adults with specialized environmental assessment and habitat restoration workforce training. Native interns will complete service learning assessing and restoring local natural areas while connecting with the world of nature. This specialized training will open the door to opportunities to develop meaningful environmental career pathways while earning a living wage.


Wisdom Workforce interns will:
  • Complete 3-month program Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (2/27 – 5/26)
  • One day a week in the classroom learning environmental assessment, habitat restoration, First Foods and other Native species, TEK, invasive species, climate issues and field safety
  • Two days a week of service learning activities in local natural areas and public parks
  • Receive a monthly stipend
  • Eligible for hire by Wisdom Workforce Development, LLC on Native American workforce team and receive a living wage doing environmental assessment and restoration work
  • Create your career pathways plan while receiving referrals to jobs, internships and job shadow opportunities with local agencies, watershed councils and other organizations
WE_Picture1Applicants must be 18 years or older and have:
  • High school diploma, GED, or higher education
  • Interest in environmental science, natural history and land stewardship
  • Enthusiasm for engaging in the community and outdoors
  • Ability to work with a professional demeanor as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors: standing, walking, climbing, lifting, and carrying objects for periods of time in any/all weather conditions ranging from hot, dry, dusty, foggy, cold and rainy; work around heavy equipment; in areas with poison oak, stinging nettle, and other plant species
Schedule: 9 am – 5 pm starting February 27 through May 26, 2018 with service learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays and classroom education on Wednesdays)


Email your application to alvey@wisdomoftheelders.org or leave a message at (503) 775-4014.



The Wisdom Workforce Development Internship Program is administered by the Native American 501(c)(3) non-profit, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) which is located in Portland, Oregon. Since 1993, Wisdom has recorded, preserved and shared oral history, cultural arts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary Native elders and scientists in collaboration with diverse organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.

Contact: alvey@wisdomoftheelders.org or call (503) 775-4014.