IMBY Mentors (19-25 years old)

We’re now accepting applications through March 25, 2018!

National Park Service Internship Opportunity



As the National Park Service (NPS) steps into its second century, the In My Backyard (IMBY) team at Seattle Area National Park Sites aims to increase youth engagement and continue connecting communities with national parks. The IMBY program enables intern mentors (19-25 years old) to give back to the park’s shared community through facilitation of youth programming. A Place at the Park (APAP) was developed by IMBY interns with the specific goal of fostering better relationships between diverse youth (13-17 years old) and the National Park Service. The foundation of APAP is to provide a sense of belonging for young people–particularly those in communities that are underrepresented within the National Park Service–in their public federal lands. NPS staff and intern mentors will help guide high school students to discover their own sense of place within public lands, regardless of background or experience. Intern mentors will be the primary facilitators of the APAP program which includes leading activities, discussions, and workshops that correspond with designated weekly themes.



Throughout its history, there has been a disconnect between the National Park Service and communities of color. In addition to the homogenous staff, the National Park Service is further problematized by its lack of youth involvement and inclusion. This internship is part of a long-term project initiated by Seattle Area National Park Sites to increase youth and community engagement. IMBY is based out of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Seattle (KLSE) and in partnership with nonprofit Discover Your Northwest. Since the summer of 2013, KLSE rangers, interns, teachers, and volunteers have guided the program. APAP was created in collaboration with the IMBY Summer 2017 cohort and a Greening Youth Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities intern. The goal of this project is to foster a sense of belonging among youth in federal lands, particularly youth of color from diverse, local communities.


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The internship program is a 25-week commitment from April 2018 through September 2018: 10 weeks for intern mentor preparation and professional development (8hrs/wk), 10 weeks with high school mentees from June through August (15hrs/wk), 5 weeks for intern mentor debrief and preparation for the next cohort (8hrs/wk). Interns are expected to work during the regular work week, Monday through Friday. During this time, the work schedule will be flexible and adaptable. The APAP curriculum is designed with weekly themes and expected learning outcomes with the flexibility for intern mentors to customize activities and subjects. This is an opportunity for intern mentors to use their creativity and explore topics that interest them and their high school mentees.

Intern mentors are expected to act as professional, positive, and supportive resources for student mentees. This program will cover topics that may be sensitive for some individuals so it is important that the program and its participants work together to foster a safe and welcoming atmosphere.



  • 19-25 year old applicants of all educational and experiential backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Possess a deep commitment to serving their community and an aspiration to guide youth
  • Experience working with youth and/or diverse populations
  • Interest in environmental/historical/cultural conservation, outdoor recreation, cultural affairs, social justice, youth outreach and development, education, etc.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusivity
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Ability to create a plan, execute, and meet deadlines
  • Strong project management and planning skills
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Strong work ethic and high-level professionalism
  • Ability to communicate effectively/appropriately, and work independently, as well as a part of a team
  • If an applicant does not meet the desired qualifications, professional development opportunities are available for this position


Intern mentors are rewarded with a total $2,700 stipend distributed weekly during the entirety of the 25-week commitment. Public transportation fees to and from KLSE will also be reimbursed. Upon completion of the program, participants will have received valuable insight from NPS staff on resume building, professional development, and networking. Several opportunities to connect with federal government employees and community organizations will be available. Intern mentors will gain direct experience in youth outreach and education, curriculum development and facilitation, and public speaking. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals to personalize their program experience to meet their educational and professional goals.


  • Develop meaningful connections with high school mentees and fellow intern mentors
  • One offsite expense-paid trip to a National Park Site
  • One overnight expense-paid camping trip to a National Park Site
  • Behind the scenes look at the National Park Service
  • Hands-on experience working in a National Park Site
  • Conservation leadership experience
  • Inspire the next generation of NPS stewards!


Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to by March 25, 2018. Please include any relevant experience, skills, and special interests in submission materials.



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