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This site is updated by the Environmental Studies Student Advisers. The internships below are listed by term for which the position is offered. The Environmental Studies Program does not have more information on these opportunities, so please contact the Internship Partner or provided contact regarding the position. Also, contact the Internship Partner or listed contact to determine if the position has been filled.

If you would like your internship to count for your Area 5 requirement, you need to register for ENVS 404. See the Syllabus and Environmental Studies Internship Program page.

All of the internships listed here have been sent out on the esundergrads listserv and/or the econews listserv.

Term

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Winter 2017

Position: Native Plant Nursery/Habitat Restoration
Internship Partner: Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
Location: 2-acre nursery at Buford Park in the greater Mt. Pisgah area
Duration: Winter term, year round opportunities
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Be a part of the restoration process for the greater Mt. Pisgah area and beyond while learning about native plants and how to grow them. As an intern, you can help Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah grow seed for local habitat restoration projects and enjoy working outside in a beautiful setting! Our lovely 2-acre nursery at Buford Park in the greater Mt. Pisgah area is where we grow native plant materials for our habitat restoration projects on more than 1300 acres throughout the greater Mt. Pisgah area. Intern support of nursery operations makes a real difference in our ability to repopulate native species throughout the park. This fall at the nursery, we’ll be preparing plots for the winter, planting, mulching, weeding, developing compost as well as wrapping up late season seed harvest and cleaning. Interns will engage in a related research project that will deepen their knowledge of the native plants we work with for approximately 10-25% of their time. Instruction and supervision will be provided. Tuesday/Thursday and 1st/3rd Saturday, 9am to noon schedule preferred, some flexibility possible. Opportunities for additional hours and varied experience possible as events, work parties and field collection take place throughout the season.

Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah is a self-funded nonprofit of 1,000+ members and volunteers investing our time, talent and money so people and nature can thrive together in the greater Mt. Pisgah area. Our mission is to protect and enhance native ecosystems and compatible recreation in the Mt. Pisgah area. Last year, more than 525 interns and volunteers contributed more than 12,000 hours towards improving habitat in the greater Mt. Pisgah Area. We hope you’ll join us!

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Position: Nature walks, gardening, restoration
Internship Partner: Nearby Nature
Location: Alton Baker Park, just across Frohnmayer Footbridge
Duration: Winter Term
Apply By: ASAP
Description: 1) Fall Trail Guides (volunteers and interns needed): Lead hands-on nature walks for small groups of K-5th graders in Alton Baker Park, weekday mornings, late September-mid-November. Interns lead two-three walks per week, volunteers one per week. No experience required. Training in September. (http://www.nearbynature.org/volunteer/nature-guide-training-information). Internship 60-90 hours per term. Volunteering three hours per week.
2) Program Assistant Interns (interns needed): Lead hands-on nature walks for small groups of K-5th graders in Alton Baker Park, weekday mornings, late September-mid-November. Also assist with some afternoon nature art/pond study activities and help plan the October 22nd Haunted Hike. Some experience with kids and knowledge of natural history required. Training in September (see #1 above). Internship 90-120 hours per term.

3) Learnscape Interns (interns needed): Help with gardening in the Edible Schoolyard, outdoor classrooms, and native habitat of Nearby Nature’s Learnscape. Learn about soil, perennial and annual crops, crop rotation, companion plantings, bugs, weeds, native plants, composting, and more. No experience is necessary, although welcome! Training is provided.

4) Restoration Interns (interns needed): Help coordinate and lead volunteer groups as they remove invasive species and litter from Alton Baker Park. Best for people who love public green spaces and who are interested in learning to lead groups of people working on stewardship projects. Training is provided.

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Position: Native Plant Nursery Intern
Internship Partner: Eugene Public Works Parks & Open Space
Location: Alton Baker Park, just across the river from the UO campus
Duration: Winter Term
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Interns will have the opportunity to learn about native plant propagation, including planting native seeds, transplanting seedlings, plant/nursery maintenance, seed collection, seed cleaning, and how the propagation of native plants fits in with habitat restoration work in general.

Interested students should send a resume and letter of interest to Kelsey at Kelsey.c.irvine@ci.eugene.or.us or contact her by phone at 541-228-8488 (no texts, please).

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Position: Willamette Resources & Educational Network 2016 Educator Training
Internship Partner: WREN
Location: West Eugene
Duration: Varies. Training this August, shadowing begininning in Setptember.
Apply By: ASAP
Description: WREN is excited to invite you to our summer environmental educator training! This free training is designed to prepare WREN field trip guides for our fall and spring outdoor school trip programs! We are looking for volunteers with little to a lot of experience working with kids, all experience levels welcome. We will be providing training’s in behavior management, early childhood education, field trip routing, wetland plants, ecology, birds, tracking, mammals and more!

Sign up for training here

Position: Interpretation Assistant Intern
Internship Partner: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Location: Howard Buford Recreation Area, outside of Eugene, OR
Duration: varies
Apply By: ASAP
Description: As part of Mount Pisgah Arboretum’s new interpretive program, we will be providing visitors at each of our eight planned outdoor exhibits with access to additional in-depth natural history information via webpages transferred to smart phones by Near Field Communication. These will be pages of detailed and locally relevant information which will expand the learning opportunities well beyond what we can fit on a sign. We are building a digital library of information which will be useful both for casual naturalists and as a launch-pad for students conducting research. Interns will have a direct role in helping to develop some of this material.

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Position: Gardens Program Intern
Internship Partner: Food for Lane County
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: varies
Apply By: ASAP
Description:Interns will gain skills and experience in gardening and farming, leading volunteers, and community building. Students can choose if they want to specialize in certain areas, including farm management, cooking, nutrition, and/or community outreach. Students can also choose to work in the office doing community outreach, administrative tasks, and development work.
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Position: Sustainable Farm Intern
Internship Partner: Rogue Farm Corps
Location: Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon
Duration: 6-8 month residential program
Apply By: March 15th
Description: FarmsNOW is an on-farm program for those with two years of farming experience who are seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture. Hands-on training, classes, seminars, and guidance on farm business development will help you gain the skills to plan, design, and run integrated farming systems on your own. Rogue Farm Corps is the only organization in Oregon that offers structured, entry-level and advanced farmer education and training programs rooted in real-world farm businesses. We work with more than 20 host farms located in the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon and offer experiences with vegetable production, animal husbandry, dairy, and more. For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications: http://roguefarmcorps.org

Position: Neighborhood Ourreach & Crew Leader Intern (Winter and/or Spring terms)
Internship Partner: Friends of Trees
Location: Eugene/Springfield
Duration: Term-long commitment
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Friends of Trees is seeking a enthusiastic student who is interested in an internship to encourage and facilitate neighborhood planting events in low-canopy, low-income Eugene and Springfield neighborhoods. The intern will also serve as a Crew Leader to lead and teach other volunteers how to plant trees at one or two Saturday neighborhood planting event per month during planting season (Nov – Apr). This individual will be supervised and supported by Friends of Trees Eugene director and staff.

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Position: Data analysis research assistant
Internship Partner: The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network
Location: Eugene/Springfield
Duration: Approximately 40 hours
Apply By: See this google form
Description: The project will involve compiling, sorting and analyzing existing data (mostly in Excel) from grantees and compiling a report. We estimate the project will take about 40 hours to complete.  Given our timeline to prepare materials on the impact of the Oregon Farm to School Program for the 2017 legislature, we will need to complete this project by the end of January.   We are seeking an intern with intermediary to advanced experience with Microsoft Office Excel including experience sorting, filtering, designing formulas and running analysis in excel.  This is an unpaid internship, but we are happy to help facilitate credit through the U of O.

Spring 2017

 

Position: Business Commute Challenge Intern
Internship Partner: Lane Transit District – Point2point department
Location: Eugene
Duration: April 1st – May 31st
Apply By: March 1st
Description: The BCC intern will learn about strategies to reduce single occupancy vehicles, through education and encouragement. The intern will experience a project from beginning to end which includes getting to know community stakeholders; assisting in preparing/gathering materials for the BCC, event planning, promotion and execution; outreach to employers, and asking for prize donations from local businesses. Internship takes place in a professional atmosphere. The intern will also be required to deliver packets to regional employers by bicycle.

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Position: Environmental Educator Internship
Internship Partner: School Garden Project of Lane County
Location: Eugene
Duration: 4/4/17 to 6/9/17 – 4 to 6 hours per week
Apply By: See online application
Description: Interns will learn to assist and lead science based garden education sessions at local schools. During education sessions, we bring out one class of (28-35) students into the garden for an education session which also promotes basic gardening skills and serves as an introduction to healthy eating. Interns are responsible for leading a small group of students (8-12) through an activity which supports the science concept for the day which could include, garden tasks, educational games, inquiry activities and tasting garden crops.

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Position: Native Plant Nursery Intern
Internship Partner: City of Eugene Public Works
Location: Eugene
Duration: Term commitment, flexible scheduling
Apply By: Email resume and cover letter relating the internship to educational/career goals to kelsey.c.irvine@ci.eugene.or.us
Description: “We are looking for student interns during the spring, summer and fall terms to help plant native seeds, transplant seedlings, care for mature plants, and assist with seed collection and cleaning.

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Position: Youth Farm Intern
Internship Partner: Food For Lane County
Location: Eugene
Duration: Term commitment, flexible hours
Apply By: Open until filled, see link below for application requirements
Description: The intern will receive education and training in composting, soil science and fertilization, propagation, orchard management, crop rotation and farm mapping, winter gardening, greenhouse construction and management, irrigation, cultivation and weed management, pest management and food relief. Other farm related subjects will be presented depending on interns’ interests. The educational program will consist of lectures, field trips, hand-outs, literature review and mostly hands-on learning.

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Position: Grassroots Garden Intern
Internship Partner: Food For Lane County
Location: Eugene
Duration: Term commitment, flexible hours
Apply By: Open until filled, see link below for application requirements
Description: The GrassRoots Garden is a program of FOOD for Lane County with the mission of alleviating hunger by growing food, building skills and nurturing community.  We provide our community access to fresh produce and gardening skills as well as nutrition education and produce appreciation.

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Position: Environmental Education Intern
Internship Partner: Willamette Resources & Education Network (WREN)
Location: Eugene
Duration: Spring term, potential summer extension
Apply By: Contact volunteer@wewetlands.org
Description: WREN is looking for a hard-working student to intern in our Environmental Education program. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills are a must. Experience working with youth is essential, preferably in an outdoor education context—must be generally comfortable working with K-12 students

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Position: Spring Farm Intern
Internship Partner: Living Earth Farm
Location: West Eugene
Duration: 4/4/17 to 6/9/17 – 4 to 12 hours per week
Apply By: Send an email detailing your interest, experience, availability, and credit-hours desired, plus a resume and 3 references to livingearthfarm@comcast.net.
Description: Intern will receive training and experience in composting, soil science and fertilization, greenhouse propagation, bed preparation and planting, crop supports and irrigation, cultivation and weed management, pest management, harvesting, crop storage, orchard and berry management, beekeeping, raising chickens, ewe and lamb care, shearing and wool processing, management intensive grazing, livestock guardian animals, goat-keeping, tractor usage, and business management.

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Position: Nature guiding, summer camp, garden, or restoration volunteering-internships
Internship Partner: Nearby Nature
Location: Alton Baker Park
Duration: Spring term
Apply By: ASAP
Description:

1) Spring Nature Guide Interns and Volunteers: Explore Alton Baker Park with K-5th graders, weekday mornings, late April-mid June. Interns lead two-three nature walks per week, volunteers one per week. No experience required. Training in April. Internships 60-90 hours per term. Volunteering three hours per week.

2) Program Assistant Interns Explore Alton Baker Park with K-5th graders, weekdays, late April-mid June. Also assist with weekend family events. Interns lead three-four nature walks-weekend programs per week. Some experience with kids and knowledge of natural history required. Training in April. Internships 90-120 hours per term.

3) Learnscape Interns (interns needed): Help with gardening in the Edible Schoolyard, outdoor classrooms, and native habitat of Nearby Nature’s Learnscape. Learn about soil, perennial and annual crops, crop rotation, companion plantings, bugs, weeds, native plants, composting, and more. No experience is necessary, although welcome! Training is provided.

4) Restoration Interns (interns needed): Help coordinate and lead volunteer groups as they remove invasive species and litter from Alton Baker Park. Best for people who love public green spaces and who are interested in learning to lead groups of people working on stewardship projects. Training is provided.

Apply Here

Position: Nature Guide Intern
Internship Partner: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Location: Eugene
Duration: 2 morning per week for a term
Apply By: Send email inquiry to education@mountpisgaharboretum.org
Description: Take a break from campus and become a Nature Guide Volunteer or Intern with us. Nature Guides lead small groups of elementary aged children on nature walks. Prior experience is not required. This is a great way to learn more about local ecology and working with kids! Volunteers must be available at least 1-weekday morning 9am-noon. Interns need to be available at least 2 mornings per week. Depending on interest, interns also work on side projects in habitat restoration, curriculum development, composting, putting on our annual Wildflower Festival and more.

SPRING VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION – Thursday March 9th @ 6:30 at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Visitor Center

Summer 2017

Position: Native Plant Nursery / Habitat Restoration Intern
Internship Partner: Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: Term commitment
Apply ByApplication Form
Description: Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah (FBP) plans and implements native habitat restoration and enhancement projects in the Mt. Pisgah area.  We use a variety of techniques, such as native plant propagation, invasive species control, prescribed fire, survey and monitoring, and others to help restore and enhance native riparian, upland, and prairie habitats.

Position: Food for Lane County Internship
Internship Partner: GrassRoots Garden and Youth Farm
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: 8-20 hours/week flexible all terms
Apply By: Submit resume, letter and one reference to Jen Anonia at gardens@foodforlanecounty.org
Description: The FOOD for Lane County (FFLC) Youth Farm is an innovative program that addresses the root causes of hunger and malnutrition by promoting access to fresh produce and gardening and farming skills.  Youth, volunteers, and adult interns work with staff to grow food for FOOD for Lane County, our CSAs and our markets. Adult interns participate in all activities at the farm, and receive training in horticulture, food systems, and taking on a leadership role.

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Position: Environmental Education Intern
Internship Partner: Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Location: Oregon
Duration: Summer (June 20 – August 24)
Apply By: May 1, 2017
Description: The Education Intern will assist with the delivery of our summer on-water community education program to help youth and adults access the outdoors and learn about local ecology.  The program focuses on serving diverse populations, including underserved communities, communities of color, and communities of limited income.  The Education Intern will help lead on-water canoe trips with a focus on plants, watershed ecology, natural history, sustainable development, wildlife, and water quality.  Trips also include “Paddle and Pull” events that involve both an on-water paddle and a habitat restoration project at a local natural area.

To Apply: Please visit http://www.estuarypartnership.org/summer-environmental-education-intern-application-form to fill out the on-line application form and submit a single PDF file that contains a cover letter, resume, application questions, and a letter of recommendation from at least one professor or instructor (current students) or two professional references (graduates).

 

Position: Multiple

Internship Partner: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Location: Multiple
Duration: Summer
Apply By: ASAP
Description: There are a number of different internships working with the ODFW. Please see attached information:

Clackamas

Corvallis

Baker City

The Dalles

Prineville

Ladd marsh

Sauvie Island

Roseburg

Rogue

Summer Lake WA

 

Position: Sustainability Intern
Internship Partner: Kerr Concentrates
Location: Salem
Duration: Summer
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Kerr Concentrates has an outstanding opportunity for a motivated individual as a Sustainability Intern. This position is responsible for completing several sustainability assessments and projects. The intern will be responsible for applying concepts learned in sustainability and environmental-related classes to applications in the field. Project status reports will be required.

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Position: Toxicology Research Internship

Internship Partner: Oregon State University & Society of Toxicology
Location: Corvallis
Duration: June 18th – August 11th (slighty flexible)
Apply By: APRIL 1st, 2017! (see attached program flier for more details)
Description: The OSU Toxicology program trains students in the toxicological sciences, to
conduct research on the effects of chemicals and other agents on humans and the environment and
to engage the public through extension and outreach. The Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (EMT) Department focuses on creating, disseminating, and applying new knowledge to enhance the treatment and prevention of human disease and to ensure the protection of the environment and public health. EMT training programs in the field of toxicology are closely aligned with the research expertise of our faculty and focus on two major areas of research that will be available for internships: Molecular & Mechanistic Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology.

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Position: Summer Farm Intern
Internship Partner: Living Earth Farm
Location: West Eugene
Duration: 6/26/17 to 9/15/17 – 4 to 10 hours per week
Apply By: Send an email detailing your interest, experience, availability, and credit-hours desired, plus a resume and 3 references to livingearthfarm@comcast.net.
Description: Intern will receive training and experience in composting, soil science and fertilization, shadehouse propagation, bed preparation and planting, irrigation,cultivation and weed management, pest management, harvesting, crop storage, orchard and berry management, beekeeping, raising and butchering chickens, ewe and lamb care, management intensive grazing, livestock guardian animals, goat-keeping, tractor usage, and business management.

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Position: Multiple Available Positions
Internship Partner: PLAN – Post Landfill Action Network
Location: Dover, New Hampshire
Duration: June 1st – August 11th (slightly flexible)
Apply By: Email a resume and a brief cover letter telling us about yourself and why you stand out as a candidate for this fellowship to alex@postlandfill.org with “2017 PLANtern Application – Your Name” listed in the subject line. Applications DUE MARCH 1st, 2017 5pm ET.
Description: If you’re a current student interested in learning more about waste issues, zero waste solutions and taking action, consider an internship with PLAN. It’s a great way to earn credit through independent study, while contributing to PLAN’s work towards a world without waste. Eligible applicants include current undergraduate students or recent graduates with a strong interest in grassroots environmental action, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change. Applicants who are selected must be able to commit to the start and end dates listed below to work out of PLAN’s headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire.

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Position: Nature guiding, summer camp, garden, or restoration volunteering-internships
Internship Partner: Nearby Nature
Location: Alton Baker Park
Duration: Summer term
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Summer Day camp Interns and Volunteers: Help with all sorts of fun activities at daycamps — from hikes and bike rides to earth art and bug catching! Camps run one week at a time, 3-7 hours per day. Time commitment varies. Training provided.

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Position: Environmental Science Intern
Internship Partner: Rogue Valley Sewer Services
Location: Central Point, OR
Duration: Summer
Apply By: April 1st, 2017
Description: The environmental science intern will work under the direct supervision of the Stormwater Program Manager assisting with implementation of the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit Program. Complete job descriptions and application information available at http://www.rvss.us/pilot.asp?pg=employment.

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Position: WWMP/Habitat Intern
Internship Partner: WWMP
Location: Corvallis – South Willamette Watershed office
Duration: 10 weeks
Apply By: Contact David Speten 541-935-2591
Description: The purpose of this Internship is to assist in the management of the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program, the goals of which are to protect and manage lands, wildlife and public use, to provide mitigation for habitat impacted by the federal hydropower system, as outlined in the Willamette Wildlife Settlement. This position assists in the direct day to day operations including maintenance of land facilities, equipment, farming activities, habitat development, and programs to facilitate public use on these properties.

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Position: Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program Habitat Intern
Internship Partner: WWMP
Location: Eugene – Fern Ridge Wildlife Area
Duration: 10-weeks (approximately June 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017), start date is flexible
Apply By: Contact David Speten 541-935-2591
Description: Student intern will assist ODFW staff with projects associated with the Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program (WWMP). Habitat restoration, management, and monitoring actions will be completed on lands at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area and other sites within the WWMP.

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Position: Living Farm Internship
Internship Partner: HIP Agriculture
Location: Kapa’au, Hawaii
Duration: August 17th – September 30th
Apply By: Visit hipagriculture.org
Description: Feed your mind and body, develop skills for living on the land, grow your own food and medicine, participate in a thriving local food economy, build fertility and health for the planet.

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Position: Plant Nursery Intern
Internship Partner: Native Plant Nursery
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: Summer – flexible
Apply By: Email resume and cover letter to kelsey.c.irvine@ci.eugene.or.us
Description: We are looking for student interns during the spring, summer and fall terms to help plant native seeds, transplant seedlings, care for mature plants, and assist with seed collection and cleaning.

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Position: Stewardship Intern
Internship Partner: McKenzie River Trust
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: Flexible between June 1st and September 30th
Apply By: May 26th – see attachment for details
Description: The McKenzie River Trust (MRT) is offering 2 stewardship intern positions to Environmental Studies/Science students interested in assisting with floodplain restoration and managing land for ecologic goals. The majority of the work will take place in the field on two trust owned sites including the Green Island property near Coburg, and the Finn Rock Reach property located near Blue River. Additional work will take place in the MRT office in Eugene.

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Fall 2017

Position: Food for Lane County Internship
Internship Partner: GrassRoots Garden and Youth Farm
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: 8-20 hours/week flexible all terms
Apply By: Submit resume, letter and one reference to Jen Anonia at gardens@foodforlanecounty.org
Description: The FOOD for Lane County (FFLC) Youth Farm is an innovative program that addresses the root causes of hunger and malnutrition by promoting access to fresh produce and gardening and farming skills.  Youth, volunteers, and adult interns work with staff to grow food for FOOD for Lane County, our CSAs and our markets. Adult interns participate in all activities at the farm, and receive training in horticulture, food systems, and taking on a leadership role.

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Position: Nature guiding, garden, or restoration volunteering-internships
Internship Partner: Nearby Nature
Location: Alton Baker Park
Duration: Fall term
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Nearby Nature is seeking interns to help run our school nature walks, class visits, and special events. This is a great experience for folks interested in teaching, outdoor education, or program management.

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