Burke Haywood (KWF intern 2021 & 2022) deploys water quality monitoring equipment at Vogel Lake

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 summer 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, 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.


For more information on each position and how to apply, view the most current internship announcement (typically updated each spring). 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.

“Interning with KWF was one of the most impactful and fun summers of my life!”

Carson Lambert, 2022
KWF interns collecting water samples at No Name Creek

KWF Intern Testimonials

  • Jack Buban (KWF Intern 2021)
    The summer (and ensuing fall) that I spent working with KWF proved to be the most influential period of […]
  • 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 […]
Working together for healthy watersheds on the Kenai Peninsula since 1997.