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Internship Opportunities

Columbia Riverkeeper is a successful nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Columbia River watershed.

Columbia Riverkeeper (Riverkeeper) has offices in Hood River and Portland, Oregon. Riverkeeper is a leader in high-profile campaigns to protect our region from fossil fuel infrastructure, toxic pollution, the Hanford Nuclear Site, and other threats facing Columbia River communities and salmon habitat.

Outreach and Education Intern, Columbia Riverkeeper

Columbia Riverkeeper seeks Outreach and Education Intern for 30 hours a week for 18 weeks in our Hood River office through August 30, 2024. The incumbent will help to implement environmental education and pollution prevention programs in the Columbia River Gorge. This may include coordinating events and leading activities or programs with students and community groups at the Nichols Natural Area in Hood River, OR. The Nichols Natural Area is a three-acre, former industrial site at the Hood River waterfront.

Water Quality Technician Internship

Help promote healthy river contact and inform the public on safe places to swim. Columbia Riverkeeper seeks a responsible individual to serve as the Water Quality Technician from May to September (10-15 hours/month) in Portland, OR. Technicians will become experts in E.coli and harmful algal bloom monitoring techniques and sampling methods. Prior experience with E.coli or algal bloom monitoring is not required. Attention to detail and ability to work independently is a must. Experience gained through this position will greatly benefit persons looking to further a career in water resources.


Academic Credit Internships

Columbia Riverkeeper accepts applicants for school-credit legal, community organizing, science, and communications internships on a rolling basis. We also offer paid internships. Follow us on social media or visit for the latest paid internship opportunities.

School-credit focus areas include:

Community Organizing: Learn from our team of community organizers on strategies for grassroots advocacy spanning our campaigns to protect the Columbia River from fossil fuels to Hanford cleanup.

Water Quality: Support conservation and water quality work by testing, reporting, researching, and writing about toxics and the water quality of the Columbia River. 

Legal: Hone your legal skills through investigative research, public participation in environmental regulation, and litigation.

Communications: Develop bilingual (Spanish and English) campaign branding assets through photojournalism and digital content creation, design, editing, videography, evaluation and reporting.

Positions are full or part-time throughout the academic year and during the summer (minimum 15 hours/week).

Interns support various projects at different stages—from inception to completion. To apply for a school-credit (unpaid) internship, send a cover letter explaining interest and availability and resume to

Columbia Riverkeeper is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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