Join the staff at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center as a fellow. This ten-month position gives you the opportunity to actively teach the curriculum that meets Ohio’s state content standards for elementary, middle school, and high school education in science, math, language arts, social studies, and the fine arts.
Work with groups of 10-15 students at a time and teach classes on environmental sustainability, watersheds, and the natural and cultural history of the Cuyahoga River Watershed. You will also participate in educational programs, teacher and parent preparation, and special events programming.
You’ll receive three weeks of intensive training on our curriculum-based programs, relevant teaching methods, and classroom management techniques. Fellows also participate in ongoing training and professional development throughout the year. Housing, hourly pay, and other short-term benefits are provided.
The Leadership in Training (LIT) program is an opportunity for youth entering grades 10th – 12 in the fall of 2018 to volunteer between 40 – 120 hours in Cuyahoga Valley National Park this summer. LITs will be trained to be counselors and support our program instructors and camp administrators. LITs will be introduced to campers (aged 6-12) just like program instructors and will be responsible for providing supervision for campers alongside staff. Throughout the week, LITs will be trained on essential leadership skills and explore the education center’s campus with program instructors. Apply below and select to volunteer one or more of the following weeks: July 9th – 13th, July 23rd – July 27th, or July 30th -August 3rd.
“Working for the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center has been a very rewarding experience for me so far. At the Conservancy, I work with great, passionate people who are all about making positive impacts in the lives of students and the community. I love being a part of this nontraditional classroom setting, helping students learn in a natural area and increasing my skills in leadership, teamwork, and teaching.”
– Thomas, 2014-2015
“At some point in life, I needed the chance to reflect, think about my life, find my niche where I would love to make a difference and plan for the future. The ten month internship at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center gave me that opportunity. Not only was it a rewarding experience working with children and enjoying the national park but most significantly it challenged me. It challenged me to step outside my comfort zone, build character and boosted my personal development. This internship was invaluable to my transition from undergraduate to the real world.”
– Mysha, 2013-2014
“Spending ten months working at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center was the best decision I could have made after college. Undoubtedly, the field instructor position prepared me for a career in the environmental arena. With the hands-on experience, ongoing training and professional development provided to me as an intern, I became a true educator. The amazing opportunity to work in the outdoors with young people on a daily basis and see them become stewards of the environment changed my life forever. I’ll never forget my time ‘in the forest.'”