community watershed restoration since 1983

Nick’s Interns

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In 2004 Ray and Marie Raphael founded Nick’s Interns in memory of their son. Nick Raphael started his career working outdoors throughout high school and college with several non-profit conservation organizations and the Bureau of Land Management’s King Range National Conservation Area. The goal of the program is expose Humboldt County youth to conservation careers through paid internships.

With the cooperation of several environmental agencies, participants learn about and experience a variety of restoration practices. Interns work on a range of  projects, such as: stream repair, invasive species removal, trail building, sediment and fuel hazard reduction, native seed collection, salmon habitat enhancement, and more.

Visit Nicks’ Interns on Facebook to learn more about the program and to see photos of our interns hard at work!

The 2017 Nick’s Interns application is now available!
Click the link to download the 2017 application!

2017 Dates:
Session 1 (BLM- Whitethorn): June 26-July 13

Session 2 (BLM- Whitethorn): July 17-Aug 3

Session 3 (MRC- Petrolia): July 5-July 20


For more information, contact Theresa Vallotton at

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Removing Tansy ragwort, an invasive plant that is toxic to livestock.


“I have never been through so much personal growth in a 12-day span and never been so proud of myself. I wish I could
do Nick’s Interns all summer.” -Jessi Guerri, 2014 Nick’s Intern

“Nick’s Interns is a really great program because you get to meet new people, spend time in the sun, and when you’re
done with the project you feel really accomplished.” -Maya Strauss, 2014 Nick’s Intern

“Work experience, friends, and a better view of the environment.” -Travis Stillwell, 2014 Nick’s Intern





Marie Raphael presents Ken Salazar with a Nick’s Interns cap, as Nick’s Interns receives the national Making a Difference Award Washington DC , May 14th 2009

Nick’s Interns is a partnership between:
Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group, Ray & Marie Raphael, Redwood Forest Foundation, Sanctuary Forest, and WA1/TTP/A-Step/Step-Up