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): June 27 – August 5 (30 hours/week).

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 .


  • Experience working as part of a restoration crew.
  • Work alongside restoration professionals from the US Forest Service, WA Department of Natural Resources, King County, Burien PaRCS, and Seattle Parks and Rec.
  • 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.
  • Spend two nights at Camp Waskowitz at the end of the program.


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

Sign up for Restoration Ecology summer course through your school district.

Questions? Contact Becca Kedenburg, Education Program Manager, at