Corvallis Environmental Center

Corvallis Environmental Center (CEC) envisions a community in which People Learn, People Care, People Act. In pursuit of this vision, our mission is to educate, engage, and inspire people to create a healthy, sustainable community. We do this through nature-based education, local & healthy food initiatives, and energy conservation programs. The CEC was founded in 1994 as a grassroots effort to take action on environmental issues and today reaches over 15,000 people in Benton County and surrounding area through its programs and services. CEC educational programming and community events are held at Avery House Nature Center, Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE), in community schools, and outside at various parks and other locations. The CEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Corvallis Environmental Center Corvallis Environmental Center
May 13, 2019
Temporary
Summer internships run from June 8th – September 6th Internships are available year-round with the Corvallis Environmental Center. They are an opportunity to learn more about the world of nonprofit and environmental work and to get involved with our organization. These unique and applicable work experiences are unpaid but are eligible for academic credits (when applicable). The CEC offers multiple internships throughout our programs and each works with several students every term. Please click the title of the internships listed below for full details.   Natureplay Preschool Assistant Internship The Corvallis Environmental Center’s Natureplay Preschool Assistant Internship focuses on early childhood education through nature-based learning. We run the Natureplay Preschool (for ages 3-5) in the summer in two 4-week sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm. Interns will assist in the preschool classroom, prep and clean up snacks, art projects and activities. They will also help with developing curriculum for our nature education programs. Outreach and Events Internship Are you computer and social media savvy? Do you have a flair for marketing? Love talking to people? Then join the Corvallis Environmental Center as an Outreach and Events intern! Learn more about community outreach, engagement, fundraising, events, marketing, and nonprofit development. Get a behind the scenes look at what makes our organization work and gain knowledge in each of our program areas. Sustainable Agriculture Internship Starker Arts Garden for Education, or SAGE, is a one-acre production and education garden located in Bruce Starker Arts Park. All of the produce grown at SAGE is donated through our Food For Families Program to hunger relief agencies in our community. SAGE is also a place to learn. We offer programs for folks of all ages, including, farm field trips, summer camps, workshops, and garden-based family programming. Dunawi Creek Community Garden is also located in Bruce Starker Arts Park. This 2-acre garden hosts nearly 100 community garden plots of three different sizes (100, 200, 400 square feet), a native plant garden, a shared small-fruit area and provides four ADA-accessible garden beds. Community Garden Members have access to irrigation water, community tool shed and equipment and CEC Garden Staff. Summer Camp Assistant Internship The Corvallis Environmental Center’s internships located out at SAGE and Avery House Nature Center offer opportunities to connect youth to the natural world with activity based, hands-on environmental learning. As a summer camp intern you will assist CEC staff with teaching summer camps and programs (ages 4-14), explore and investigate nature outdoors – get dirty and have fun discovering Corvallis. We usually have about 50-60 kids each week that we split into three age groups led by an experienced Lead Instructor/naturalist with the help of one intern per group. Each intern will be assigned weekly to a specific age group and Lead Instructor. Interns help the Lead Instructor with child management, group activities, games, art and snack at AH or local natural areas through hiking, biking, rafting or other adventures and ensure campers are accounted for and safe.  Each morning the intern will arrive to help prepare activities for the day, supervise early arrivals, lead games or activities and help make the sign in and out go smoothly when parents are dropping off and picking up children. Our summer camps are held weekly, starting June 17th and running through August 30th, from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. As a summer camp intern you would be expected to remain for the entire 10 weeks of camp, i.e. the entire summer term. We offer extended care options each day of camp from 8-9am and 3-5pm for all 10 weeks. We would ideally like intern candidates to be flexible in their availability during the times of 8am and 6pm from M-F.  Community Produce Stand Internship The Community Produce Stands aim to create behavior change by fostering healthy eating habits via increased accessibility to local fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, cooking demonstrations and recipes. Sited at various local organizations through each week, the produce stands increase access to fresh and nutritious produce, provides nutritional education, and stimulates the local sustainable food economy.   The Community Produce Stands are also a resource for the Veggie Rx Program facilitated in partnership with the the Health Centers of Linn and Benton Counties.  Patients who screen positive for food insecurity through a Social Determinants of Health screening tool, are referred to the local food network, connected with SNAP/WIC/School Lunch programs where eligible, and receive Health Navigation support through the Community Health Centers.  Participants receive tokens for fresh fruits and vegetable that can be redeemed at the the on-site Community Produce Stand as well as at the local Farmer’s Market. Information gained will be shared with other IHN agencies to inform the screening, referral, and follow up around integration of food resources system within the health care paradigm. Summer Camp Logistics Support Internship The Corvallis Environmental Center’s summer camp programs are located at SAGE and Avery House Nature Center, as well as off site locations in the surrounding communities. We offer opportunities to connect youth to the natural world with activity based, hands-on environmental learning. As a summer camp logistics support intern, you will assist CEC logistics staff with registration and sign in, roster management, camp communications with families and staff, and provide daily camp logistics support. Our summer camps are held weekly, starting June 17th and running through August 30th, from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. As a summer camp logistics support intern you would be expected to remain for the entire 10 weeks of camp, i.e. the entire summer term. We would ideally like intern candidates to be flexible in their availability during the times of 8am and 6pm from M-F.   This internship may be combined with other CEC summer internships. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com