Teaching volunteers invaluable skills that will help them produce their own sustenance, utilize a variety of tools for common home and garden projects, and observe proper environmental practices for the rest of their lives.

Square Root: Avalon’s Truck Farm

(Average 3 hours per week, increased during July and August)

February-October

Six interns are currently taking on the challenges and excitement of our first annual ‘Square Root’ Truck Farm internship. They do everything involved in making Square Root a successful educational tool, including schedule planning, contacting organizations, garden tending, media production, public speaking, and more! This is a truly unique opportunity that will build a multitude of skills and confidence in any dedicated participant, and will undoubtedly act as an impressive cornerstone of any resume. Keep an eye out for updates about the Square Root excitement as we begin our touring season with visits to festivals on the north shore, south shore, and downtown Manhattan! Applications from aspiring new interns will be accepted in January each year.

Read more about the origin of Truck Farm and see the whole fleet here!

Boardwalk Educators

(4-8 hours of research and media creation plus 8 hours of community interaction each month)

May-October

Grown from a STATE volunteer’s concept, this monthly public education program will be entirely driven by the interns who take on the task. Approximately 5 interns will select locally relevant environmental topics (invasive species, native insects, trees of Avalon, or migratory birds, for example) and work together each month to create a display for the information, sketch out a dialogue to present it to the public, and invent an interactive game to play with folks strolling down the Avalon boardwalk to peak their interests and strengthen their relationship with the local environment.

This internship is ideal for volunteers who enjoy light research, media creation, creativity, and interacting with members of the general public. You should be self-motivated and work well within a group, whether it be in person or sharing through Google Documents. This internship is open to STATE volunteers of all ages. A call for interns will be announced in March; in interested, please apply at that time. We here at Avalon are excited to see what you come up with!

Starting the (Re)Cycle at Historic Old Field Farm

June-September
(Average 4-5 hours per event, plus average 1 hour per week)

Here’s one for those interested in being a part of something new, working out the kinks, and trying new things until you find what works best. We are helping Historic Old Field Farm (HOFF) set up a recycling system to capture the hundreds upon hundreds of plastic water bottles (and other recyclable matter) that are typically thrown in the garbage at horse shows. We are seeking 4 or 5 interns to assess our first year’s efforts and methodically improve upon placement, communications, and signage about our STATE-made recycling barrel horse heads. You will hang out at horse shows throughout the summer to monitor the barrels, see what issues might arise with them, try them in different areas, and educate folks about the importance of recycling. You will be a self-driven group, making decisions and executing ideas, meeting with Rebecca only a few times during the summer to check in and discuss, so the success of the program lays in your hands!

Aside from attending the shows, you will create a report at the end of the season detailing your experience: what worked, what didn’t, what you learned, what you taught people, approximately how many bottles you saved, etc… . You will need to attend HOFF events, which run the majority of the day, but you’ll attend for a portion (approximately 9am-1pm), on at least 4 of the 9 2015 horse show dates. Dates will be released in the spring, and  an application for this internship will go out in late-April.

Sue’s Summer Seedlings Camp at Avalon

July-August
(Average 12 hours per week, you choose which/how many weeks)

This is a great opportunity for those who love working with children; you’ll be setting up for crafts, making sure everyone stays together while the group goes on little adventures, and helping to facilitate activities. Miss Sue is looking for individuals who can commit to the four days within session(s) they choose. You will be outdoors hiking, exploring, and sweating! The group sizes are approximately 10-13 campers. You are welcome to help with as many sessions as you’d like to! We’ll be accepting 3 volunteers for each session, so email quickly to secure your spot in the session(s) of your choice. Dates for 2015 sessions will be posted late-May and we will put out a call for interns at that time.

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