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Environmental Career Opportunities for Youth

A number of our Delaware Children in Nature Coalition Partners offer career programs that connect youth to outdoor jobs, internships, and volunteer experiences. Check out the listings below for more information.

Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE)

GLOBE Program (Photo: The Nature Coservancy)The mission of the GLOBE Internship Program is to prepare young professionals for successful careers in the environmental industry. The program, hosted by the Nature Conservancy, hires college students and recent college graduates for paid summer internships in variety of career areas at The Nature Conservancy. The internship program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real-world work experience.

The GLOBE Program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and will match qualified and enthusiastic undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with an internship suited to their area of study.

For more information, contact Maria Dziembowska.

Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF)

The LEAF program, hosted by the Nature Conservancy, works to grow the next generation of conservation leaders by providing paid summer internships for students in nature across the nation each July. The LEAF model supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experiences for youth from urban communities, and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.

For more information, contact Maria Dziembowska.

Delaware State Parks Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

Youth Conservation Corps (Photo by Delaware State Parks)The Youth Conservation Corps program is an 8-week employment program for young people aged 14 to 21 in Delaware that provides participants with hands-on outdoor environmental work, career exploration, and exposure to environmental issues. Participants work 28 hours per week and earn minimum wage.

The Delaware State Parks program provides high quality summer jobs and environmental opportunities for young people aged 16 to 21 (select teams 14 to 16) for members and 20 to 26 for leaders. Corps members conduct meaningful environmentally and park focused activities as a means of achieving personal growth. Through their service, participants will gain skills, confidence, and see first-hand the benefit their hard work makes in providing a lasting impact on public lands and communities. The DSPYCC is committed to engaging young people in important conservation and park projects while providing learning that fosters teamwork, self-esteem, social responsibility and respect for the environment.

Core components include:

  • Practical job work experience
  • Outdoor learning opportunities and experiences
  • Job and/or college preparation

Recruiting for the YCC Program typically begins in February. Applications are available at the Delaware State Parks website.

For more information, contact AshLeigh McKinney or Glen Stubbolo.

City of Wilmington Green Jobs Program

Green Jobs ProgramThe Green Jobs program, hosted by the City of Wilmington and the University of Delaware Water Resources Center, is a 6-week employment program for City residents that provides participants with hands-on outdoor environmental work, career exploration, and exposure to environmental issues. Participants who are 14 to 18 years old will work 25 hours per week and earn minimum wage.

The program is focused on bringing youth outside and exposing them to environmental issues and careers. Host organizations work hard to ensure the interns exit the six-week program with a greater understanding of the local environment, how to improve it, and their individual impacts on it (both positive and negative). The program is coordinated by the University of Delaware Water Resources Center and led by the City of Wilmington’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Recruiting for the Green Jobs Program typically begins in February. Applications are available at the City of Wilmington Department of Parks and Recreation.

For more information, contact Martha Narvaez or Nichole Torrence.

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