Childrens' Forest of Central Oregon

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Do you love spending time outdoors? Or do you have a passion for exploring and learning about the natural world? The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon has the goal to foster leadership skills in youth and provide potential environmental and natural resource career paths. Read below for opportunities for high school and college youth.

Internship Opportunities – NOW HIRING

Environmental Education Intern – Upper Deschutes Watershed Council– In partnership with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is
offering an educational internship opportunity. The intern will play an active role assisting the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council with many aspects of their watershed education program. The intern will work closely with the Watershed Council Education Director and Environmental Educator to help deliver watershed education projects and events throughout the spring. If applicable, the intern is also eligible to receive 1 COCC course credit for ED 188: Environmental Education Internship. See the job description here.

Environmental Education Intern – Upper Deschutes Watershed Council– In partnership with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is offering an educational internship opportunity. The intern will play an active role assisting the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council with many aspects of their watershed education program. The intern will work closely with the Watershed Council Education Director and Environmental Educator to help deliver watershed education projects and events throughout the spring. If applicable, the selected intern may be eligible to enroll for graded academic credit through OSU-Cascades. See the job description here.

Environmental Education Intern- Middle Deschutes Watershed- The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council is offering an internship opportunity. This opportunity is in partnership with the Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District. Interns will gain educational value in a professional setting by playing an active role in developing and delivering the environmental education program during the spring term, 2018, to youth in the Middle Deschutes Watershed. Through this experience the intern will have opportunities to connect with partner organizations, assist with events, and network with community partners. The internship hours are flexible: 10-20 hours per week, with possible evenings and/or weekends, as needed to achieve program goals. Must be an OSU Cascades or Central Oregon Community College student. See the full job description here.

Teen Programs Intern, Outdoor Skills and Stewardship- Campfire Central Oregon- Camp Fire Central Oregon is looking for a motivated, creative, and enthusiastic individual to bring their passion for environmental education and inspiring youth to their Outing Club program. The Outing Club meets every other week to give youth an opportunity to practice outdoor skills, learn about the natural world, and participate in the planning of at least 2 outings and 1 stewardship project. With support from Camp Fire staff, the intern will act as a leader for the club and be responsible for creating curriculum, recruiting club members, and implementing age appropriate activities to promote teen involvement/engagement in nature, outdoor recreation, and stewardship. The intern will also work on other partnership programs and special projects, including a multi-day trip over Spring Break.  See the full job description here.

Summer COYCC Seasonal Crew Leader- Heart of Oregon Corps- The Heart of Oregon Corps is hiring qualified Summer Crew Leaders with motivation, professionalism, talent, and a passion for empowering and inspiring positive change in the lives of young people. COYCC is an 8-week, conservation based program for a diverse group of 15-18 year old teens. See the job description here.

Be a High School Student Leader at Camp Tamarack

Camp Tamarack is seeking high school students to be leaders at their Outdoor School program for 5th and 6th grade students. High School Student Leaders assist in teaching hands-on science lessons and supervising cabins overnight. Training is provided. Learn more by visiting their website.

Northwest Youth Corps

Northwest Youth Corps offers exciting paid conservation work for youth and young adults. With programs in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, NYC gives youth the opportunity to explore, learn, and work all around the Pacific Northwest. Many programs target 15-19 year olds however, there are outdoor camps for youth younger than 15 and Leadership positions for adults ages 20 and older. Learn more by visiting their website.

Other Resources

Download our Resource List for high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in natural resources.

Heart of Oregon Corps