2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Blue Mountain Land Trust

BMLTBlue Mountain Land Trust

Mission: Blue Mountain Land Trust is a non-profit organization that collaborates with communities and landowners to conserve the scenic, natural, and working lands that characterize the Blue Mountain region.

Project: As the Education and Outreach Intern, the Fellow will work closely with the Education and Development Specialist and the Education Committee to successfully launch the first session of the Blue Mountain Outdoor School (BMOS) in June 2018. The Blue Mountain Outdoor School is envisioned as a summer school at Whitman College for local and regional high school students to explore a comprehensive and diverse natural resources curriculum. The school session will run for five days and could accommodate 100 students.

Last year, one of our Whitman interns developed the BMOS concept and produced a white paper outlining the program, possible curriculum, cost, and feasibility. While the groundwork has been laid, the details of the project have not been finalized or implemented. This year’s Fellow will use this white paper as her/his guide to assist us in successfully launching BMOS.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Education and Outreach Intern

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: <10 hours/week, flexible depending on student’s schedule. BMLT operates during typical business hours, 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Tim Copeland, Executive Director, tim@bmlt.org, 509-525-3136

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email: tim@bmlt.org
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain intellectual and professional development
  • Greater understanding of nonprofit operations
  • Community outreach
  • Marketing experience
  • Grant writing and fundraising

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written, oral, and communication/presentation skills
  • Comfortable working as a team
  • Prefer an interest in Environmental Studies or similar field
  • Prefer GPA of 3.0 or higher


  • Developing and finalizing curriculum and activities
  • Assisting with fundraising and grant writing
  • Designing a marketing and communication plan for students and parents
    • Branding and logo
    • Outreach presentations
    • Direct mailing
    • Compile list of high school teachers and school administrators in the region
  • Compiling and reviewing enrollment applications


  • Open to learning and growing
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Professional demeanor
  • Work independently
  • Communicate with supervisor(s)

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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