Two women standing in front of restoration work site

Youth Engaged in Sustainable Systems (YESS)

The Greenway Trust partners with Pacific Education Institute and local school districts to offer a paid internship for high school students to learn about conservation careers while earning a stipend and graduation credit. In 2023, Riverview School District is bringing on up to 16 student interns. Highline School District will be back in 2024!

WHEN (2023): 
Riverview: July 5 – August 11, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3pm

WHO: Current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade students (or 12th graders who have not yet earned all credits) who attend a Riverview School District school.

WHERE: Meet each day at Riverview Learning Center in Carnation.


  • Earn an $1,800 stipend plus 1.0 Biology in the Workplace credit (which can be science, elective, or personal pathway credit).
  • Experience as part of a restoration crew.
  • 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.
  • Engage with restoration professionals from the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, U.S. Forest Service, WA Dept. of Natural Resources, King County, City of Burien, Environmental Science Center, and the Greenway Trust’s Restoration Crew and Trail Crew.
  • Transportation and safety gear are provided.
How to Participate:

Applications are closed for 2023. Sign up here to be notified when applications open for 2024.

TIMELINE (2023):

  • April 27: Optional Information Night from 6-6:30pm at Riverview Learning Center or on Zoom.
  • April 24 – May 22: Application window is open!
  • May 22 – June 5: Interviews.
  • June 5-8: Final enrollment roster to be announced this week.
  • June 20-22 (exact date is TBD): An in-person Orientation and paperwork completion session.
  • July 5: YESS program starts!

Recording of the YESS-Riverview Information Night:

Questions? Contact Becca Kedenburg, Education Program Manager, at