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The San Juans





Conservation Interns


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Our Conservation Intern Program


FRIENDS of the San Juans offers conservation internship opportunities targeted toward students who plan a career in conservation law or science.  Undergraduate students, graduate students, and law students participating in this highly competitive internship program are provided with unique opportunities to:

Gain important, practical job skills in either conservation law or science while helping to preserve and protect San Juan County's critical environment.

Meet, network, and develop relationships with local conservationists, agency personnel, and local islanders while obtaining college credit (if approved by an accredited university).

Become mentors and sources of information for other students interested in northwest conservation issues.

FRIENDS Conservation Internship Program provides training for future stewards of Puget Sounds natural resources.





Environmental, Land Use and Natural Resources Law



Position Description: Summer interns work under the direct supervision of Friends’ staff attorney to develop and prosecute environmental litigation and other advocacy efforts. The summer intern will gain practical litigation and policy experience by analyzing local, state, and federal statutory and regulatory environmental protections. Areas of practice may include the federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act, and Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act, Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, water quantity and quality legislation, and Land Use Petition Act. Tasks may include attendance at citizen committee meetings and other public hearings, evaluating proposed ordinances, review and comment on shoreline and inland development proposals, statutory and case law research, drafting written memoranda, delivering oral testimony to local and state decisionmakers, and enjoying the San Juans’ natural beauty, from shore to sky.

Hiring Criteria: Candidates will be evaluated based on the following: a genuine interest in working at an environmental advocacy organization, excellent analytical, research, and writing ability, initiative, work experience, and legal knowledge in the area of land use, environmental or natural resources law. To Apply: Friends welcomes applications annually during a rolling application period that ends February 26.  Please email a cover letter expressing interest in the position, a current resume, a 5-7 page writing sample, and 3 references to kyle@sanjuans.org. In addition, hard copy applications may be submitted to:

Kyle Loring
Staff Attorney
Friends of the San Juans
PO Box 1344
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


Friends of the San Juans is an equal opportunity employer.



PO Box 1344, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Phone: (360) 378-2319, Fax: (360) 378-2324 © 2013


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