Volunteer Internships

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Interning with Hells Canyon Preservation Council is a life-changing experience.

Whether you are monitoring grazing allotments, organizing volunteer riparian restoration plantings, researching timber sales on public lands, leading a wildflower hike, or writing articles for publication, your first hand involvement will bring you into the middle of diverse environmental issues and actions.

Legal Intern Position

Hells Canyon Preservation Council is now accepting application for a 2017 Summer Legal Intern.

This position allows law students to spend their summer surrounded by breathtaking wild lands, putting recently acquired legal skills to practice defending our natural resources at various stages of the administrative law process. Laws at issue generally include the Wilderness Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, NEPA, FLPMA, NFMA, Endangered Species Act, and the Wild & Scenic River Act.

General Responsibilities: During 2017 our legal intern will support the work of our Conservation Director in defending intact and old growth forests, protecting undeveloped wildlands, reducing the motorized transportation network, and improving grazing practices on public lands in the Greater Hells Canyon Region by:

- Drafting public land related administrative agency comments and objections;

- Researching and drafting objection points to the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Final EIS and Draft ROD;

- Collecting evidence of resource damage caused by off road vehicle use through field work, FOIA and the Oregon Public Records Law; and

- Attending collaborative meetings and public field trips to proposed project areas.

The intern may also support the day-to-day operations of Hells Canyon Preservation Council by assisting with our Wildlife Watchers program, supporting various volunteer and membership events, and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: We are looking for a rising 2L or 3L with a demonstrated commitment to conservation work and the public interest along with strong academic credentials. The ideal candidate has excellent legal research and writing skills and the ability to work independently.

Compensation: This internship is unpaid, however, it may be tailored to meet requirements for academic credit or available public interest scholarships.

Work Schedule: This is a full time position of 40 hours per week with a flexible schedule. Position is based out of our La Grande office. Start date is flexible.

Application Process: We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript to:

Conservation Director Veronica Warnock at