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Outdoor Leaders

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The Urban Ecology Center High School Outdoor Leadership program is a unique paid internship that will help teens build a wide range of skills including leadership, mentorship, studies of ecology, environmental justice, job-readiness and practices of equity, dignity and justice.

High School Outdoor Leaders are a fun, diverse, dynamic group who will have opportunities to meet new friends and get paid for working outdoors.

  • First we will train you and then you will get paid to get outside! Work outdoors helping with volunteer groups, outdoor urban adventures (e.g. canoeing, rock climbing, etc.), field research, native WI animal care, land stewardship, engage with our communities and more. Work hard & have fun!
  • Learn about Green Careers! As part of the Green Career Pathway, our Outdoor Leaders have hands on trainings and work opportunities in a variety of departments at the UEC to develop a robust understanding of possible jobs in the Environmental Field
  • Go on Trips and College Visits.
  • Potential to work with us all year! After completing the 8 week summer internship, students have the opportunity to apply for an academic year position (September-April).
  • Who is eligible? Any student who has completed their freshman year through graduating seniors. Hiring for this program occurs in the spring every year.
  • Whether you are a nature enthusiast or a beginner, this program is for ANY student with a willingness to be outside and learn/try new things!

Please email the Green Career Pathway Coordinator Olivia Raasch with any questions!

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