Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Olympic National Park

This opportunity is a Miller Worley MHConnect internship and is available to Mount Holyoke students only. Lynk funding required. Apply to this internship.

Location: Port Angeles, WA

Position title: Restoration technician

Duration: June 3 - Aug 2, 2019


This is an applied restoration internship.

Duties will be split between the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) re-vegetation crew, and the Olympic National Park (ONP) Matt Albright Native Plant Center. Interns will work as a team member alongside regular LEKT and ONP employees, learning and performing tasks related to restoration.

As a member of the ONP nursery crew, interns will collect and sow native plant seed, transplant seedlings and care for plants that are destined for restoration projects around ONP, and for LEKT restoration projects. Plant care will include weeding, watering and fertilizing containerized plants, and field grown plants. Interns may be asked to perform other maintenance activities around the nursery as needed.

As a member of the LEKT re-vegetation crew, interns will search for and map noxious weed infestations, pull weeds, and apply herbicide treatments in the Elwha River watershed to further restoration efforts there. Interns will have the opportunity to work with, and share their knowledge with LEKT summer youth interns.

At the start of the internship students will participate in ONP "seasonal training" in order to become familiar with Olympic National Park, and tour the Elwha River watershed restoration areas. Interns may have opportunities throughout the season to shadow LEKT or ONP fisheries crews, or other researchers based on expressed interest.

What students will learn:

  • Identification of Pacific Northwest native plants
  • Propagating and caring for native plants in a nursery setting
  • Identification of noxious weeds, and their impacts on natural areas
  • Use of GPS units for navigation and mapping weed populations
  • Applied integrated weed management techniques
  • Basic knowledge of salmon habitat needs

*Importance of habitat restoration in relation to Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe social, economic and cultural needs

About the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe is a sovereign, federally recognized Indian Nation, with its own constitution and government. Not only does the Tribe govern itself, but many Tribal administrative departments oversee the everyday function of the reservation and provide for Tribal members.

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe resides in the Lower Elwha River Valley and adjacent bluffs on the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula just west of Port Angeles, Washington. As recognized by the United States in 1855’s Treaty of Point No Point, the Tribe has lived in this area since time immemorial.

The Tribe’s current landbase was initially acquired by the United States in trust for the Tribe in 1935-36 and these lands were proclaimed as the Lower Elwha Reservation in 1968. Today tribal lands include about 1,000 acres on and near the Elwha River.

For more information, visit the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.


Classes in biology, ecology and/or environmental studies (botany is a plus!). Students should have interest or experience in plant community restoration, working with plants, working in streams or with fish, and working outside every day. Applicants should be willing to work in difficult off trail terrain in all types of summer weather. Internship duties involve some noxious weed management activities, and applicants need to be willing to learn about and use herbicides for restoration purposes.

Application Instructions

Students must apply to this position through Handshake by February 22, 2019. But must complete Step 1 of the Lynk UAF application by February 15, 2019 at 5 pm, in the Applications section of the Self Service area on my.mtholyoke.edu.

In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.

The Miller Worley MHConnect process also requires an advising meeting with the Asst. Director of the Miller Worley Center (email internships_mwce@mtholyoke.edu) as well as a faculty reference (submitted via this form: http://bit.do/mwcefacultyref) before February 22.

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