WSDOT Wetland Monitoring Internships

Summer 2017 quarter (Full Session)

Taught by

forest and plant ecology

The Wetlands Ecology and Monitoring Techniques paid internship is offered in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). As participants in this program, students will gain hands-on experience in collecting environmental data from WSDOT wetland mitigation sites. Over the eleven-week course,   students learn to use a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques to conduct environmental monitoring. Fieldwork includes conducting surveys of vegetation, hydrology and wildlife. The greatest percentage of the internship is devoted to learning vegetation sampling, collection, and identification techniques. Students will use basic elements of sampling design to create and implement vegetation-monitoring strategies on several WSDOT wetland mitigation sites. In addition, students will use WSDOT protocols when collecting samples of plant species that they are unable to identify in the field. These collected species will then be identified in the laboratory using a dissecting scope and technical plant key. Undergraduate (6-16 credits) and Graduate (4 credit) options are available. Interns are paid a stipend of $3000. Interested students must apply and be accepted through WSDOT before enrolling. The application deadline is April 6, 2017.  Additional information, and instructions for application, can be found here:

Program Details


Summer Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Mandatory first meeting and orientation session, May 8,  2:00-5:00 PM at Evergreen.  Work and program schedules are arranged by faculty and field supervisors. Students are expected to be available early morning through early evening, Monday-Friday.

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning