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Winter 2020 Internships

PositionWinter Farm Intern
Internship Partner: Living Earth Farm
Location: West Eugene
Duration: 1/6/20 to 3/13/20 – 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, cover crops, greenhouse propagation, bed preparation and planting, cultivation and weed management, pest management, harvesting, crop storage, orchard and berry management, beekeeping, raising chickens, sheep care and lamb birthing, wool processing, management intensive grazing, livestock guardian animals, goat-keeping, tractor usage, and business management.
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Position: Safe Routes to School Intern
Internship Partner: Safe Routes to School
Location: Lane Council of Governments
Duration: Winter and Spring Term
Apply By: Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit to ecurrier@lcog.org. The position is open until filled but first review of applications will begin mid-December.
Description: As part of our regional Transportation Options (TO) strategy the MPO works closely with the regional TO partners and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coordinators at each of the school districts. The coordinators and local planning staff have been working on a process for infrastructure prioritization throughout the region. This intern position would help identify SRTS-related infrastructure improvement needs through site visits in and around schools and apply the criteria to these sites. The intern would be housed at LCOG, but work closely with regional SRTS and local transportation options and transportation planning staff.
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Examples of internships typically available in Winter

Position: Native Plant Garden Intern
Internship Partner: City of Eugene – Public works: Parks and open space
Location: Hendricks Park, intersection of Summit and Skyline (1.5 miles from campus)
Duration: Two quarter commitment strongly preferred, but can be flexible and catered to intern
Apply By: should send a resume and cover letter describing how this internship fits with your educational/career goals to Christina Bentrup, christina.r.bentrup@ci.eugene.or.us. Can call Christina for more information or email: 5415104636
Description: Interns at the Native Plant Garden support all aspects of garden care and maintenance throughout the year. Tasks vary by season but always include hands-on-work meeting the daily needs of the garden. Interns can expect to gain experience in identifying, propagating and caring for native plants in formal and natural garden settings. Opportunities for special areas of focus include garden mapping, creating outreach + educational materials, and deepening community engagement.
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Position: Rhododendron Garden Intern
Internship Partner: City of Eugene – Public works: Parks and open space
Location: Hendricks Park, intersection of Summit and Skyline (1.5 miles from campus)
Duration: Two quarter commitment strongly preferred, but can be flexible and catered to intern
Apply By: should send a resume and cover letter describing how this internship fits with your educational/career goals to Christina Bentrup, christina.r.bentrup@ci.eugene.or.us. Can call Christina for more information or email: 5415104636
Description: Interns support all aspects of garden care throughout the year at a world-class Rhododendron garden. Tasks vary by season but always include hands-on-work meeting the daily needs of the garden. Interns can expect to gain experience in identifying, propagating and caring for ornamental and native plants in formal and natural garden settings. Opportunities for special areas of focus include garden mapping, botanical collection management, creating outreach and educational materials, and deepening community engagement.
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Position: Camp Fire Wilani Intern – Environmental Education/Outdoor School Program Specialist (Undergraduate) OR Environmental Education/Outdoor School Program Coordinator (Graduate)
Internship Partner
:Campfire Wilani
Location: Planning takes place at Springfield office and offsite. Program facilitation to take place at Camp Wilani @Havenroot in Veneta, Oregon – a resident summer camp and event center
Duration: Multi term opportunities possible
Apply By: Send cover letter and resume to Elissa Kobrin, Executive Director: ekobrin@wilanicouncil.or
Questions: Call 541-359-4508
Description: Camp Fire Wilani is seeking creative, positive, self-starting students to help develop a brand new residential and nonresidential Outdoor School program/curriculum and perform outreach to schools for program partnership. Strong
performance and a good fit may lead to seasonal or full time employment.
Website: wilanicouncil.org
Check out Flyer for specific information regarding Winter Term! 

PositionVisitor Services and Interpretation Internship
Internship Partner: Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Location: Mount Pisgah Arboretum, located between Eugene and Springfield along the banks of the Coast Fork of the Willamette and the base of Mt.Pisgah
Duration: Winter term
Apply By: Students interested in an internship should send an email of inquiry to education@mountpisgaharboretum.org
Description: This internship is for students who are interested in gaining experience in how outdoor facilities and non-profits function and educate visitors. Interns will spend time on site and in our office educating and interacting with visitors to the Arboretum. Interns will learn about managing members (a key part of many non-profits ability to function) and will help to create seasonal displays for our education building geared to both kids and adults
Website: www.MountPisgahArboretum.org

Position: Various 
Internship Partner: City of Eugene – Public works: Parks and open space
Location: Various locations.
Duration: Flexible
Apply By: Contact info@wwoofusa.org for questions about internships positions you see on the website: www.wwoofusa.org
There are various deadlines for the different positions available.
Description: The program is flexible in length and focus, and can be tailored by students to meet their interests. Opportunities are available year-round, either over the summer or during fall/spring semesters. WWOOF farms offer a variety of educational opportunities including learning about organic agriculture techniques, permaculture, ecological farming, beekeeping, sustainable construction and living techniques, ranching, viticulture, culinary studies, community and rural studies, and much more.
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Position: Safe Routes to School Intern 
Internship Partner: Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School
Location: Eugene, OR
Duration: Winter term, anticipated hours per week vary
Apply By: Application is open until filled. 1-3 openings available. E-mail cover letter and resume to site supervisor Laughton Elliott-Deangelis or Sarah Mazze
Contact: 541-228-0699, 541 516-0887
Description: Students will learn about transportation planning, community organizing, and behavior change. Local travel only. Projects could be one of the following (please express area of interest in your cover letter):

  • Identifying infrastructure needs around schools to improve safety for students using active transportation and using set criteria to rank projects based on safety, equity and other measures.
  • Developing Walking School Bus or Bike Train programs at a local school. This could include direct outreach to families; identifying routes; developing materials and leading groups.

Encouragement activity planning and implementation for “Bike Rodeos” (bike celebrations) and Walk & Roll to School events. Tasks might include working directly with school staff and parents to support their efforts before and at events; organizing “park & stride” locations or walking/biking groups; developing materials, working and running events.
Website: www.eugenespringfieldsrts.org

Position: Whole Earth Nature School Intern Program
Internship Partner: Whole Earth Nature School
Location: Alton Baker Park, just across Frohnmayer Footbridge
Duration: Winter Term, Up to 10 hours a week.
Apply By: ASAP. Contact Anna Bradley at Anna@WholeEarthSchool.com
Description: Have you ever wanted to create a positive impact with children and the environment?  Whole Earth Nature School’s intern program is an excellent opportunity to make a difference by sharing your passion of nature connection with kids.  Have fun experiencing nature with kids and rediscover nature’s wonders. Visit our website WholeEarthNatureSchool.com/volunteer for further information or email Anna@WholeEarthSchool.com Whole Earth Nature School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

PositionRestoration Planting Design Internship
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: Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in the planning and implementation of a floodplain restoration planting project. Students will be directly involved in the development of a planting plan, procuring plant materials, scheduling, recruiting volunteers, helping to lead volunteer planting work parties, participate in follow-up stewardship and maintenance (which may include invasive species management, irrigation, and monitoring survival rates).
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Internship Application

PositionHydrology Monitoring Internship
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: For the Thompson Slough Hydrology Monitoring Internship Project, interns are needed to gather hydrologic and geographic information, which will help to inform an intensive, process-based, interdisciplinary, multi-species approach to floodplain restoration design scheduled to begin in 2019-2020. Participants will gain understanding of geophysical relationships and insight into the process of floodplain restoration planning. This opportunity will hone field and observational skills, and bolster resumes for students looking for careers associated with Environmental Science & Natural Areas Management.
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Internship Application

PositionNative 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.
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Internship Application

Position: Land Steward Interns
Internship Partner: Nearby Nature
Location: Alton Baker Park, just across Frohnmayer Footbridge
Duration: Winter Term
Apply By: ASAP
Description: Gain hands-on experience in organic gardening, ecological restoration, and public park stewardship through work in the Whilamut Natural Area and the Learnscape Garden and Outdoor Classroom. No experience necessary, although welcome. Training 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: 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).
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.
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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: GrassRoots Garden 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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