Clean Water Ambassadors Program

Since 2016, the Greenway Trust has partnered with King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) to hire a cohort of high school interns each summer to learn about local environmental issues, solutions, and careers. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are offering an online program. The Clean Water Ambassadors Program is a four-week, virtual program that is open to all high school-aged teens in the King County region.

WHAT: Online program for high school-aged youth to learn how to help protect clean water in our region.

WHEN: June 28-July 23, Tues-Fri, 1-3pm. Orientation on June 28, 1-3pm.


  • Learn about water systems, salmon streams, sustainability, and local issues.
  • Practice ways to take action in your community
  • Meet with local environmental professionals to learn about careers in clean water.
  • Earn a certificate if you complete the program.

Click here to register!

We strongly encourage participants who are new to exploring environmental topics and are underrepresented in environmental careers.


Want to learn more? Read our internship overview. For more information, see the 2021 flyer or read the 2020 Program Report.

Questions? Contact Becca Kedenburg, Education Program Manager, at 


Internships in the Greenway

Internships are listed alphabetically by sponsoring organizations and are followed by eligibility requirements and a brief description. Most internships listed are for high school students, but some are intended for undergraduates or young professionals. Internships cover a wide variety of subject areas, from environmental restoration to business to social justice. If you have updated information for any of these programs, please contact Becca Kedenburg –

**NEW** King County – Youth Conservation Corps Internship
Ages: rising 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students
This is a seven-week program that runs from July 6 –August 20, 2021.  Interns will work with King County Parks & Recreation Division staff at multiple Parks locations to better understand the breadth and depth of environmental justice, conservation, environmental stewardship, and parks and recreation management practices. The program will provide growth and learning opportunities, foster positive work relationships, and support youth in experiencing the work life environment. Applications are due May 30, 2021.


Boys and Girls Club of King County – Youth Internships
Ages 16+
YouthForce partners with many host sites, and general responsibilities vary among sites. Examples of sites include: Bloodworks Northwest, Urban Artworks, and Youth Tutoring Program.


City of Seattle – Seattle Youth Employment Program
Low-income Seattle residents ages 16 – 24
The Seattle Youth Employment Program helps youth from low-income households pursue careers that pay well and feel meaningful.


DIRT Corps – Adult Training Program
Eligibility not specified
Members receive classroom instruction and hands-on training at outdoor work sites. Subjects include green stormwater infrastructure, ecological restoration, and urban forestry.


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation – Doris Duke Conservation Scholars
College undergraduate freshmen and sophomores
This is a two-year experiential conservation training program for undergraduates interested in careers in conservation and in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. Scholars take part in applied field research projects, professional internships, mentoring, and form strong professional networks, learning field techniques, leadership, research, and communication skills.


Highline Public Schools – Highline Internship Program
Enrolled students at: Tyee, Highline, Mount Rainier, Evergreen, Choice, PSSC and/or WELS
Highline Public Schools offers a variety of teen internship opportunities for its students’ career exploration and growth. Participation requires a permission slip signed by the student’s legal guardian.


Institute for Systems Biology – Laboratory High School Interns
Summer between 11th and 12th grade
Students work with a variety of specialists and projects, gaining skills and job-shadow opportunities in microbiology, engineering, and computation in a lab setting.


InterIm CDA – Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development
Ages 14 – 19
The WILD program works to build leadership in the context of environmental and social engagement, primarily in diverse, low-income communities.


Latino Community Fund – Alianza Youth Leadership Program
Latinx youth ages 16 – 25
Youth gain leadership skills by engaging in community and civic engagement projects on issues affecting the Latino community in Washington, including environmental and climate justice.


Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group – Summer Internships
No eligibility restrictions listed
Interns gain experience with environmental education, stewardship, and/or research in the mid-Columbia basin.


Museum of History and Industry – MOHAI Youth Advisors
High school students ages 14 – 18
Youth Advisors get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, offer feedback and input on MOHAI projects, and plan teen events and resources at the museum.


National Park Service – In My Backyard
Ages: Current or recently graduated high school students
This 5-week virtual experience is tailored for high school-aged youth looking to better connect with themselves and our nation’s public lands and stories. Weekly themes include building a sense of place, “(Re)Defining Art,” and professional development.


Northwest African American Museum – Youth Curator Program
Ages 14 – 18
High school students discover the art and science of museum curation and learn about African American culture through a program theme such as “Washington State’s Black Women in the Arts.”


Pacific Science Center – Lake Washington Watershed Internship
Students in grades 10 – 11 who live or go to school in Bellevue or Bothell
Students learn to be informed stewards of their local community through mentoring, hands-on learning, habitat restoration and stream monitoring.


Pacific Science Center – Discovery Corps
Ages 14+
Youth learn job skills and help PacSci guests learn about science, math, and technology. Paid position is contingent upon 100 hours of satisfactory volunteer service learning.


Port of Seattle – High School Internships
Ages 16+ and enrolled in high school or GED program within the past year
Youth gain job skills and training related to business management, facilities management, communications, engineering, and other aspects of Port of Seattle operations.


RVC – Community Impact Fellowship
For individuals from underrepresented groups who are committed to the Rainier Valley community and a career in social justice. This fellowship is intended for young adults with at least four years of work, academic, or volunteer experience in the non-profit sector. High school students would not qualify, but it’s an amazing opportunity to keep in mind for the future!


RVC – Green Pathways Fellowship
Ages 18+, with at least one year of work, volunteer, or academic experience in environmental or social justice
This is a two-year fellowship. Participants gain knowledge and skills related to environmental and social justice and leadership. They are then placed at a host site, where they work full time and receive training, check-ins, peer-coaching, performance evaluations, and networking opportunities.


Sage Leaders – Community Leadership Institute
Ages: 18+
This is a 6-month, in-person fellowship. Participation learn the nuts and bolts of local government processes as well as advocacy, storytelling, and communication skills. After graduation, the fellows apply for and are placed on strategic boards, commissions, and task forces at the city and county level.


Seattle City Light – High School Internships
Ages 16+, currently enrolled in high school and will still be enrolled next year (i.e., no graduating seniors), minimum 2.00 GPA
Interns assist with projects, receive mentoring, participate in special trainings related to professional development, equity, and social justice, and may also go into the field.


Seattle Parks and Recreation – YES! Youth Engaged in Service
Ages 13 – 19
YES! is a job readiness and leadership development program for youth that will connect you to a broad range of service and training opportunities preparing you for the working world.


Seattle Parks and Recreation – Leaders in Equity, Environment, and Facilitation (LEEF)
Residents of Seattle ages 17 – 21
LEEF is an environmental leadership internship for youth coming from low-income households. Seattle Parks and Rec also offers a variety of other indoor and outdoor internships.


Seattle Parks and Recreation – Youth Green Corps
Ages 18 – 24, with a high school diploma
Members work on Forest Restoration and Trail work in Seattle Parks for educational and career training related to site management, restoration skills and management, tool safety, native plant species, invasive plant identification, and environmental stewardship.


SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve – Restoration and Education Internship
Eligibility varies with position
Interns gain experience with environmental restoration and education; learn about wetlands, forestry, and nonprofit management; receive networking opportunities with environmental professionals.


Student Conservation Association – SCA Community Crew
*Service hours only, no financial compensation
Current high school students ages 15+
Crew members do ecological service work, learn about ecology and environmental justice, participate in outdoor recreation as a team including an overnight backpacking trip (all gear provided).


Sustainability Ambassadors – Various Internships
Eligibility varies with specific internship
Interns receive experience in professional development, project management, community organizing, and collective impact reporting. Topics related to sustainability, youth empowerment, and social justice.


Teens in Public Service – Teens in Public Service Internship
Ages 15-19, enrolled in high school
Interns explore a career in public service and build connections within their community through hands-on work in a nonprofit. Interns gain training in teamwork, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.


The Washington Bus – Washington Bus Internship
Eligibility unspecified
Interns learn to advocate, educate, organize, and engage young folks around important issues related to social justice.


Washington Environmental Council – Internships
Eligibility varies with specific internship
WEC works to protect Washington’s natural environment through lobbying, outreach, and community organizing. Internships are posted at the link above when available and are generally geared toward high school graduates.


Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle Youth Climate Action Network
Teens living in the Seattle area
Seattle Youth Climate Action Network empowers teens to address climate change in their communities through education, leadership, and action.


Young Nonprofit Professionals Network – Launchpad Fellowships
Young professionals age 22+
Launchpad fellows gain deep experience in nonprofits, along with frequent professional development opportunities and mentor feedback.