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Youth Programs Intern, Exploration of Nature

Internship Overview:    

Interns are an integral part of our team as they bring creativity, fresh energy, and new ideas while also getting a chance to learn all about youth development.  The focus for our interns is to create and implement age-appropriate activities for youth in Kindergarten through 6th grade that inspire curiosity about, a sense of belonging in, and awareness of nature.  Interns will have an opportunity learn about curriculum development, program leadership, positive behavior intervention strategies and behavior management at our SummerKids day camp program.  Interns will have the opportunity to be creative and to serve as role models, motivators, educators, and spark champions as they help facilitate safe, fun, and confidence building experiences in nature for all our campers.  We strive to create an environment where each camper, volunteer, intern and staff member has a sense of belonging, opportunities to share passions, and a place to thrive.

Internships with Camp Fire Central Oregon include a combination of training opportunities, activity planning and development, program delivery, as well as some special projects around removing barriers or increasing access to getting kids in our programs outdoors and connecting with nature.



This position is perfect for those looking to gain job skills in the youth development field but are not yet ready for a full summer job. A Nature Program Intern is motivated, creative, fun-loving, and enthusiastic.  Interns also must love nature and genuinely care about the well-being of both our environment and of our campers.  

Applicants must be at least 17 years old by the program start date.


This internship is approximately 120 hours over 3-4 weeks PLUS a required training.  

Required Training: exact dates tbd in Early June, expect weekend hours the weekend of June 8th and June 15th

3-4 week Internship Project: SummerKids Camp runs from June 17th - August 16th with weekly themes.  The hours and exact weeks of camp for the 3-4 week internship project can be flexible over the course of the SummerKids Camp and will vary based on activities offered, the intern’s schedule, and Camp Fire’s needs as mutually agreed upon. SummerKids Camp hours are from 7:30am - 5:30pm.


Join a community of passionate educators who work hard to make a positive impact on the community and provide opportunities for local youth to find their sparks and thrive.  

During the summer you can expand your resume and gain valuable experience in:






Activity preparation

Group management

Planning and organizing

And much more!


This internship has a stipend of $1000, to be paid at the end of service.  

To Apply:

To apply, please email jobs@campfireco.org with subject line "Youth Programs Intern 2019 [Your last name]".  Include a single attachment titled "Youth Programs Intern 2019 [Your last name]" which has a one page letter of interest stating what you hope to gain through this internship, why you would be a good fit with this organization, and why you think nature based education is important.  Also please include any relevant experience working with youth, as well as your experiences in the outdoors, in a resume or outline format.  

Camp Fire’s Statement of Inclusion: Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, in Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.

Learn more about Camp Fire Central Oregon at www.campfireco.org.