Communications and Engagement Intern

Communications and Engagement Intern


Portland, Oregon

Are you someone who is interested in educating your community about the importance of protecting the land, water, wildlife, and natural systems that sustain us? Are you looking for a way to gain skills and experience that typically come at a high cost at colleges? Bark, a Portland, OR-based conservation group working to defend and restore Mt. Hood National Forest is offering a Communications and Engagement Internship. This is a part-time, paid position which will support a dedicated and enthusiastic individual in learning necessary skills in advocacy communications, content development, and community outreach.  The intern will work with Bark’s policy and programs team to expand our reach and ability to engage more people in our campaign to improve ecological conditions on the 1.1 million acres of public land within Mt. Hood National Forest.  

The intern will assist various on portfolio building projects that involve writing, research, storytelling, social media outreach, blogging and building effective surveys. Through the internship, the intern will learn the various roles of communications at an environmental advocacy non-profit organization.

Here’s our basic requirements:

  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
  • A working knowledge of MS Office programs and the Adobe Create Suite is required. Knowledge of HTML, Drupal and graphic design a plus
  • Effective and creative oral and written communication skills
  • An independent, self-motivated worker with good prioritization skills, who is detail-oriented and respectful of deadlines

Barks strives to embraces equity, diversity and inclusion in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All applicants should demonstrate a similar commitment. Candidates with specific cultural competencies working with communities are preferred.

We will design this internship for you with a schedule that makes sense. Ideally, it is a minimum of 10 hours per week. Hours are flexible, but the intern will gain organizational experience by being available for weekly and monthly staff meetings.

Interested applicants should email to schedule an introductory phone call.

Applications are accepted year-round.

We offer a paid stipend that is based on number of hours and length of internship.

We love to work with educational programs that offer credits or have internship requirements.