This FAQ was last updated in March 2024 and reflects the 2024 program. Have more questions after reading these FAQs? Contact Becca Kedenburg at


Interns must be Highline Public Schools high school students. Priority is given to teens who live in Burien.


Salmon Creek Ravine in Burien. Interns meet at the H Line bus stop #51520 (corner of Ambaum Blvd SW & SW 122nd St): Interns walk into the Salmon Creek Ravine park together. The route includes paved sidewalks and dirt trails; one section of the trail is steep.


August 19-30, 2024. Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm.

What does a typical day look like?

In the morning, the interns walk together into Salmon Creek Ravine. We start each day with a check-in circle. Interns learn about Pacific Northwest plants and practice using tools like loppers and clippers to do ecological restoration. They discuss environmental and social justice as it relates to public green spaces. They are introduced to a wide breadth of outdoor activities that may include hiking, camping, art, forest bathing, and other topics that may peak their interest.

What kinds of careers do interns learn about?

A wide range of environmental careers, including parks planner, environmental educator, communications, restoration technician, and food justice advocate.


  • Stipend of $1,200.
  • Gear Kit that includes a backpack, work pants, hiking boots and socks, a t-shirt, a first aid kit, and more.
  • Lunch is provided with lunch every day.

Stipends will come from the King Conservation District. Stipends will be a paper check mailed to participants after the internship ends. 

To receive the full stipend, interns will need to fill out a W9 including a Social Security Number or Tax Identification Number. If you do not have either of these numbers, you are still able to participate in the internship, but please reach out to internship staff to figure out payment –


The primary staff leads of Burien Green Teens are educators from Dirt Corps and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The City of Burien’s Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department (PaRCS) are also very involved.


Interns must get themselves to the meeting location (a bus stop at the corner of Ambaum Blvd SW & SW 122nd St – map). Luckily, youth who are 18 years or younger ride free. (Learn more!). On field days, interns are driven by internship staff in a King County van.

ORCA cards are accepted on all services provided by Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries, as well as on Monorail and Seattle Streetcar. Learn more at


Burien Green Teens happens entirely outdoors, so it’s important that interns wear or bring what they need to stay comfortable, hydrated, and energized. Interns are provided with a Gear Kit that includes nearly everything they need to bring or wear. (See Benefits for the Gear Kit contents). The Gear Kits do not include sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks. All safety equipment is provided.


How do I apply?

May 28 – June 27: Applications are open at
June 13 at 5:30pm: Info Session at the Burien Community Center: register here.
June 18 at 5:30pm: virtual Info Session: join on Zoom
July 1-10: Interviews on Zoom

What would make my application stand out?

Be authentic! Share your passions. Elaborate on your answers – write at least a couple sentences per question.

What happens after I apply? 

You will get an email from internship staff by late July regarding if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted virtually between June 1-10. Final decisions will be made by the end of June – selected candidates will be notified by email.