Each summer Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) welcomes aboard current and graduating college students as paid interns to assist with the busy and exciting field season. These interns have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Alaskan summer while participating in important conservation work geared towards research, restoration, and education for the Kenai Peninsula’s watersheds.
Depending on funding and program needs, KWF generally offers intern positions in the following areas:
- Invasive Species Management
- Stream Watch (habitat restoration and volunteer management)
- Environmental Science/Water Quality
While each position has a distinct focus and supervisor, our interns often get to do work across all departments and should expect to spend significant amounts of time conducting fieldwork, assisting with summer camp, doing organizational work around the office, and participating in public education and outreach.
Housing is typically provided, as well as transportation to/from Alaska. Interns will also have access to company vehicles to use on “off” hours (may be shared with another intern); gas for personal activities is not paid for. In addition to housing, transportation and vehicle access, interns earn an hourly wage.
To apply for a Kenai Watershed Forum internship or more information on each position, use the dropdown menu below labeled “Apply Here”.
*We will begin looking for 2024 Summer Interns at the beginning of 2024.
One of the Stream Watch internships is funded by the Alaska Conservation Foundation through the Ted Smith Conservation Internship program which requires a separate application. Intern announcements are posted in February and are typically filled by the end of the month.
We are not yet accepting applications for the 2024 summer season.
“Interning with KWF was one of the most impactful and fun summers of my life!”Carson Lambert, 2022
KWF Intern Testimonials
- Victoria Eisenberg (Summer 2023)Being part of an organization that enacts meaningful environmental change is something that I couldn’t be more proud of.… Read more: Victoria Eisenberg (Summer 2023)
- Finn Newman (Summer 2023)My time at KWF started with the ritual Costco trip and then the long ride from Anchorage to Soldotna.… Read more: Finn Newman (Summer 2023)
- Matthew Maguire (Summer 2023)The time I’ve spent with the Kenai Watershed Forum has been one of the most eye–opening experiences of my… Read more: Matthew Maguire (Summer 2023)
- Katrina Danzinger (Summer 2023)Since I’ve started at the Kenai Watershed Forum, I’ve met hard working coworkers, passionate volunteers, new friends, and created… Read more: Katrina Danzinger (Summer 2023)
- Derrick Via (Summer 2022)How do I sum up the Kenai Watershed Forum? A group of cooperative individuals who are motivated to work… Read more: Derrick Via (Summer 2022)
- Ana Maria Oliynyk (Summer 2022)I have had the honor of coming to work with KWF this summer through a fully funded opportunity with the… Read more: Ana Maria Oliynyk (Summer 2022)
- Alexis McDonald (Summer 2022)My internship began when the Russian River ferns were no more than six inches tall. I watched as these… Read more: Alexis McDonald (Summer 2022)
- Kevin Duffie (Summer 2022)When I was first hired as a Stream Watch Intern, I had no idea what the title meant or… Read more: Kevin Duffie (Summer 2022)
- Sara Aamodt (Summer 2022)Coming to the Kenai Watershed Forum, I knew I was going to love it. When I moved to Alaska,… Read more: Sara Aamodt (Summer 2022)
- Jack Buban (KWF Intern 2021)The summer (and ensuing fall) that I spent working with KWF proved to be the most influential period of… Read more: Jack Buban (KWF Intern 2021)
- Burke Haywood (KWF Intern 2021 & 2022)My first summer interning with the Kenai Watershed Forum (KWF) was easily the most impactful and enjoyable work experience… Read more: Burke Haywood (KWF Intern 2021 & 2022)