Wisdom Workforce Development
Internship Program

Providing environmental conservation and restoration training and
career pathways for Portland’s Native adults

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Wisdom Workforce Development will provide specialized environmental assessment and restoration workforce training, service learning in local natural areas, and facilitate individual job pipelines to meaningful environmental career pathways.  Connecting with the world of nature while assessing and restoring public natural areas benefits Portland’s Native community members.


Wisdom Workforce interns will:
  • Complete 3-month program (Sept -Dec 2017Tues, Wed, Thurs)
    • Classes learning traditional ecological knowledge, environmental assessment and habitat restoration, traditional First Foods, invasive species, native plants, climate issues, field safety
    • Service learning activities in local natural areas and public parks
  • Receive a monthly stipend
  • Be eligible for hire by Wisdom Workforce Development, LLC, to complete environmental assessment and restoration work and receive a living wage ($15 hr) as a member of a Native American workforce team
  • Create your career pathways plan while receiving referrals to jobs, internships and job shadowing opportunities with local agencies, watershed councils and other organizations
WE_Picture1Applicants must be 18 years or older and have:
  • High school diploma, GED, or higher education
  • Interest in environmental science, natural history, and land stewardship
  • Enthusiasm for engaging in the community and outdoors
  • Ability to work with a professional demeanor as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work indoors and outdoors: standing, walking, climbing, lifting, and carrying objects for periods of time in any/all weather conditions ranging from hot, dry, dusty, foggy, cold and rainy; work around heavy equipment; in areas with poison oak, nettle, and other plant species

Schedule: 9 am – 5 pm; Sept 13 – Dec 20, (service learning on Tues,Thurs, & Friday, in class education day on Wednesday)
WWD Intern Application (PDF)
Email your application to [email protected]


The Wisdom Workforce Development Internship Program is administered by the Native American 501(c)(3) non-profit, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) which is located in Portland, Oregon. Since 1993, Wisdom has recorded, preserved and shared oral history, cultural arts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary Native elders and scientists in collaboration with diverse organizations, educational institutions and government agencies.
Contact: [email protected]