Two women standing in front of restoration work site

Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS)

WHAT: The Greenway Trust partners with Pacific Education Institute, Highline School District, and Riverview School District to offer a paid internship experience for two cohorts of high school students to learn about conservation careers while earning a stipend and graduation credit.

WHEN (2022): 
Riverview: June 27 – August 5 (30 hours/week).
Highline: June 27 – July 29 (180 hours total).

WHO: High school students from the Highline School District or Riverview School District.

WHERE: Highline SD students meet at WELS (Burien) and Riverview SD students meet at Riverview Learning Center (Carnation).


  • Experience working as part of a restoration crew.
  • Work alongside restoration professionals from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, U.S. Forest Service, WA Department of Natural Resources, King County, and Burien PaRCS.
  • Explore green careers related to natural resources, conservation, ecological restoration, and land management.
  • Become familiar with Pacific NW plants, including how and why to replace invasive plants with native ones.
  • Highline: Includes two overnight camping trips of two nights each.


  • Stipend of $1,800
  • 1.0 graduation credit
  • Lunch, transportation, and safety gear is provided
How to Participate:

Applications will be due in late May or early June. Check back soon!

Questions? Contact Becca Kedenburg, Education Program Manager, at