Clallam MRC Meeting
: Clallam County Commissioners' Large Conference Room

Clallam MRC Offers Two Spring Internships

The Clallam Marine Resources Committee seeks qualified candidates to fill two spring intern positions. The duration of the internships is 80 hours @ $15/hr. to be completed before August 17, 2020. The interns will work closely with MRC members and Makah and Lower Elwha tribal biologists on two projects intended to protect and restore marine resources. As an intern, you will be responsible for one of these projects:

  • Smolt Trap Monitoring: One intern will participate in installing and monitoring a smolt trap on Tumwater Creek in Port Angeles. The trap is installed in April and removed in June. Previous trapping efforts have documented the present of Coho, steelhead, cutthroat and Pacific lamprey in the creek.
  • Green Crab Trapping and Removal: The intern will assist the Makah Tribe’s Marine Ecology program with their efforts to trap invasive European green crab in estuaries on the Makah Reservation. The internship will include both field work and office/lab work. Most of the work will be carried out in April and May.
  • Both interns will present their work at the Intern Celebration August 17, 2020.

Application Process

MRC-sponsored interns must meet the following criteria to be selected:

  • MRC-sponsored interns must be at least 17 years old.
  • MRC-sponsored interns must show a high level of responsibility in their Natural Resources/Environmental Studies program work.
  • In addition, the Green Crab Internship will take place in Neah Bay, WA on the Makah Reservation and a valid driver's license and/or reliable transportation is required.

MRC-sponsored interns will be selected following this process:

If you are interested in being a MRC-sponsored intern, we recommend you browse the MRC website to better understand the internship requirements. Then submit a letter of intent to the Clallam Marine Resources Committee at

Deadline for your letter of interest is March 9, 2020.

In your letter, please answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to be an MRC-sponsored intern?
  • Which internship opportunity (Smolt Trap or Green Crab) are you most interested in and why?
  • What skills do you have that will be particularly useful for this internship?
  • How does this internship fit into your future plans?
  • How do you think you will benefit from this internship?

In addition, include a letter of recommendation from one of your instructors or an employer or mentor who knows you well with the application letter.

The internship review committee will review the submitted materials and contact qualified applicants to schedule interviews. If needed, the committee will hold follow-up interviews. Hiring decisions will be made and applicants notified as soon as possible.

Click here to download the application description and a brochure summarizing the spring internship program.

Green Crab Internship with the Makah Tribe
Smolt Trap Installation on Tumwater Creek


Clallam MRC Openings

The Clallam MRC has decided to expand the committee and include alternates for all member positions. Representative positions currently without an alternate are:

  • Academic Community
  • City of Port Angeles and City of Sequim
  • Commissioner District I, II and III
  • The Conservation and Environmental Interests
  • The Development Community
  • Port of Port Angeles
  • Tourism and Recreation
  • Two At-Large positions

MRC members are expected to attend a 2-hour monthly evening meeting. Alternates for each position can participate in all MRC meetings, discussions and activities and will vote on issues when the Representative for that position is absent. In addition, the MRC members participate in Clallam MRC projects and help the committee respond to emerging issues. No experience is required, but previous involvement with education or marine natural resources is greatly appreciated. 

Still not sure? Consider attending one of our monthly meetings to find out more about our group. For more information contact Helle Andersen at or 360-417-2416.

Booth at Dungeness River Festival
Kelp Survey in Clallam Bay