Wednesday, February 12, 2014

More youth volunteer opportunities

It's that time of year when job opportunities are flying around everywhere. I tried to capture those targeted at youth in a previous post, but since then, others have come open, both at Mount Rainier and with some of our local partners. Consider this an addendum:

From District Interpreter Lee Snook, a position not yet advertised on the Student Conservation Association's website as of this writing, though it should be there soon: A Cultural Resource Intern. "Right now it is to work with our collections manager to archive items found in the museum, do an inventory of the National Archives in Seattle of items from Longmire, and do some research for Interpretation so we can create some vignettes for living history. We will also try to expose the intern to archaeology, historic landscape, and architecture."

The North Cascades Institute is recruiting high school students for its Youth Leadership Adventures program in June, July and August. Says Matt Kraska, Youth Ledership Instructor, "We seek to recruit deserving students who otherwise wouldn't have access to outdoor opportunities. North Cascades Institute’s Youth Leadership Adventures program provides educational wilderness trips to engage high school students in the natural world through education, conservation and stewardship. Trips take place in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.  During these courses students will learn how to canoe, camp, and backpack while completing service projects and receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills and public speaking. This year we will be offering an 8-day Outdoor Leadership Course for 14-16 years olds and a 16-day Science and Sustainability Course for 16-18 year olds. The Science and Sustainability Course also includes a service project component when the students return to their home communities." The application deadline is March 28th.

Youth Leadership Adventures is also offering two undergraduate internships for the program this summer, and is recruiting alumni from similar programs.  Applications are due Feb 28th.

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