OLCV Youth Internship (volunteer)

Oregon League of Conservation Voters is seeking dynamic high school students (ages 13-19) who are passionate about environmental/climate advocacy and interested in developing communication, organizing, and leadership skills. 

About OLCV: The Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV) is the political voice of Oregon's environmental community. OLCV is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that -- along with its sister organizations the OLCV Education Fund and the OLCV PAC-- passes laws to protect our natural legacy, elects pro-environment candidates, and holds our elected officials accountable. OLCV is committed to creating a culture of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization and outward. 

We achieve these goals by organizing and engaging people in the political process through work on campaigns and communication with local legislators. We work closely with policy leaders, activists, and partner organizations to urge state lawmakers to pass progressive climate policies. OLCV spearheads the Oregon Conservation Network (OCN), a coalition of over 30 state and local environmental groups, and has built a reputation as one of the leading environmental advocacy organizations in the state. 

Timeline and Time Commitment:

Part-time, biweekly meetings from 4:30-5:00pm on Mondays. Additional hours required at flexible times. Evenings and some weekend work may be required for campaigns.

To Apply: Complete the online application form linked below. In addition to your application, please provide a resume and/or one-page summary of how your skills and experience make you a good fit for this internship. If you are unable to complete our application form, please email your application to field@olcv.org with the subject line High School Internship Application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application Form: https://forms.gle/Gf6NiFmB2wDPXfte9

Primary Intern Responsibilities:

  • With support from OLCV’s Organizing Team, plan and organize youth-centered events, such as town halls and round tables
  • Participate in campaign phone banking (phone calls) and canvasses (door-knocking) to persuade voters on behalf of OLCV-endorsed candidates
  • Assist in the organizing of phone banks and canvases for OLCV’s priority races
  • Volunteer recruitment for events, such as town halls, roundtables, campaign events, etc.
  • Database tracking and processing

Required qualifications:

  • Shares OLCV’s values around conservation, environmental justice, equity, and climate action.
  • Has an interest in Oregon politics, the environment, and community engagement for positive and progressive change.
  • Is comfortable talking with new people over the phone and in person.
  • Has strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Is reliable, dependable, and accountable.
  • Is willing to learn, grow, challenge oneself

Location: Flexible, but must be based in Oregon. During the COVID-19 pandemic, staff can work remotely or in the office (if vaccinated), with more in-person work when safe to do so.

Compensation: This is a volunteer position. Throughout the course of the Field Internship, you will work with seasoned political and environmental professionals at one of Oregon’s leading conservation organizations. You’ll have the opportunity to network at political campaign events and gain valuable communication and political experience. Additionally, letters of recommendation may also be provided upon request. Opportunities for full-time employment at OLCV do occasionally occur, and interns are eligible to apply.


OLCV is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color are encouraged.

Apply: https://forms.gle/Gf6NiFmB2wDPXfte9

Time commitment: part-time
Sponsoring organization(s): Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Link to learn more: https://www.olcv.org/
Solution Area:
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Justice
Finance & Economy
Food & Agriculture
Governance & Leadership
Land Use & Restoration
Mental Health & Mindfulness
Public Health
Storytelling & Art
Tribal & Indigenous
Waste Prevention
Listing created Sep 20, 2023