Who We Are:

Stewardship Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. Our projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and “green up” the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State. We work with agricultural landowners to implement environmental practices and conduct habitat restoration projects while promoting a sustainable farming economy.

Internship Overview:

Salmon-Safe certification is an emerging regional eco-label that recognizes agricultural practices that protect water quality, biodiversity, and habitat for fish and wildlife, particularly Northwest native salmon. Stewardship Partners is collaborating with the Oregon-based program to recognize and promote Puget Sound farmers committed to environmental practices. We are seeking a self-motivated, highly organized, outgoing, creative and enthusiastic intern to assist in educating the public about the Salmon-Safe program in support of Salmon-Safe certified farms.

The project will focus on promoting and elevating the visibility of the Salmon-Safe label, and Sal the Salmon, bringing awareness of the label and its meaning to the public. This will benefit consumers who want to support local ecologically minded farms, farmers, making the work they do more economically sustainable, and the larger eco-system, bringing more awareness to the opportunities for farms to function more harmoniously with the surrounding environment and its inhabitants.

The goal for this project is to create awareness with the general public and landowners of Salmon-Safe. This means much of the work will be outreach and education. To begin, we will have a series of planning and strategy meetings developing outreach methods, choosing events to attend, and creating new material for outreach. Some outreach methods will include tabling at events such as farmer’s markets, attending food or farm centered events, and social media promotions. Many of the events will include outreach as Sal the salmon, an eight foot long king salmon mascot. There will be regular check-ins and refinement of strategy and methodology. The candidate will be exposed to habitat restoration and conservation issues, sustainable agriculture, environmental certification and marketing, issues related to local/natural food systems, and non-profit management.

Duties and Responsibilities :
• Schedule, set up and staff Salmon-Safe information booth at farmers markets, festivals, and other relevant events.
• Create and organize Salmon-Safe display materials.
• Recruit and manage additional volunteers to assist with staffing information booth.
• Assist with organizing website content including writing briefs of Salmon-Safe certified farms and overview of habitat restoration projects.
• Maintain and update informational materials including news articles, photo archive, etc.
• Provide administrative support for the Salmon-Safe program (including filing, photocopying, and mailing information packets).

Minimum Requirements:
• General background in environmental studies or related field with basic knowledge of salmon related issues and personal /professional interest in sustainable agriculture.
• Ability to interact with public as Sal, an 8 foot long King salmon
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written), outgoing, positive attitude, attention to detail, and a desire to work both individually and within a team environment.
• Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
• Creative design skills helpful

To apply for this position, email a letter of interest and resume to ak@stewardshippartners.org.