Introducing: Native American Habitat Restoration Internship

We are recruiting Native American Interns for our Spring 2022 training

 

Elderberry Wisdom Farm is offering the Native American Habitat Restoration Internship for tribal and Native community members, including Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders from Marion, Polk and Yamhill Counties. The internship will be held at Elderberry Wisdom Farm south of Salem, Oregon and other sites in rural Marion County.


Our Native American education team understands the needs, culture and history from our own Native families and their traditional learning styles. Culturally-tailored lesson plans being taught in morning classes will integrate Western science into teachings that emphasize sustainability and reciprocity. We will also emphasize practices of tribal and indigenous peoples whose ecosystems continue to be rich in biodiversity. We then provide experiential service learning activities in the afternoons working in three ecosystems of the mid-Willamette Valley, including restoration of habitat in the North Santiam Canyon that burned in the 2020 Labor Day fire.


Persistent global challenges centered around biodiversity loss and food insecurity and requests of partners motivated our organization to plan this internship. We have also imbedded climate readiness into our learning materials. We are nourishing the enthusiasm of our younger generations by sharing climate awareness from the Native American perspective. As our future increasingly relies upon our Native youth, we are also dedicated to helping them strengthen capacity to restore their own habitats. They will also learn more about Native American leadership and cohort development while planning to operate their own restoration, horticultural or agricultural businesses in a changing climate.


We appreciate the assistance and support of partners as we integrate Western science into our indigenous learning materials, including Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, North Santiam Watershed Council, Friends of Trees and the Institute for Applied Ecology. Funding from Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation has made it possible for us to develop this opportunity.


If you are Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, please feel free to contact us for more information. Our website at www.elderberrywisdom.org. The announcement is at: https://www.elderberrywisdom.org/post/elderberry-wisdom-habitat-restoration-workforce-internship. If you’d like to apply for this internship, please send your bio or resume to rose@elderberrywisdom.org.

If you are Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, please feel free to contact us for more information or visit our website at www.elderberrywisdom.org. The announcement is at: https://www.elderberrywisdom.org/post/elderberry-wisdom-habitat-restoration-workforce-internship. If you’d like to apply for this internship, please send your bio or resume to rose@elderberrywisdom.org.


The climate map image is courtesy of NOAA.

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