Fall 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to read more about the positions. More to come! Click here to review the process to register.

Arts/Media/Culture

Education

Environment, Sustainability, and Farming

Law and Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services/Social Justice

Urban Planning

Zoo & Veterinary

Grantwriting with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be done remotelyEvergreen MindsEvergreen Minds, Inc is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

We strongly believe that people are meant to regularly experience fresh air and nature and this innate connection should not end because we grow older or develop cognitive changes. We also believe fresh air, nature, self-expression and laughter are vital for our mental, physical and emotional well-being.

The objective of ‘Growing Together’ is to join people of various ages and cognitive abilities to create a community garden where ALL are welcome as they ARE. The focus is on abilities not disabilities, and to promote intergenerational relationships and understanding that people living with dementia are able to continue to contribute to society and live a life of purpose and meaning. The garden will be planted at the Environmental Cooperative.

Location: Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

Position Description:

  • Research and identify grant opportunities
  • Assist with grant writing

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in learning about non-profit funding

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org  + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

“Growing Together” Intergenerational Community Garden with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person opportunity and is only available for CEL credit.Evergreen MindsEvergreen Minds, Inc is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

We strongly believe that people are meant to regularly experience fresh air and nature and this innate connection should not end because we grow older or develop cognitive changes. We also believe fresh air, nature, self-expression and laughter are vital for our mental, physical and emotional well-being.

The objective of ‘Growing Together’ is to join people of various ages and cognitive abilities to create a community garden where ALL are welcome as they ARE. The focus is on abilities not disabilities, and to promote intergenerational relationships and understanding that people living with dementia are able to continue to contribute to society and live a life of purpose and meaning. The garden will be planted at the Environmental Cooperative.

Location: Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

Position Description:

  • Gardening tasks such as weeding, watering, pruning, harvesting
  • Collaborate with community organizations in the area
  • Work with people living with dementia
  • Community outreach

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in hands-on gardening work

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org  + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Summer 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to read more about the positions. Click here to review the process to register.

Arts/Media/Culture

Business

Education

Environment/Sustainability

History

Law/Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services

Urban Planning

Garden Education Assistant for the Poughkeepsie Farm Project

This opportunity is available during summer 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually if need be, however, it is preferred that students participate in person. This is only available for CEL credit.

Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a member- supported farm with the mission to cultivate local leadership in sustainable farming, food access and education, and foster an inclusive, welcoming community for everyone. We grow fresh vegetables and fruit for our CSA, train future farmers, provide hands-on educational programs on the farm and in the Poughkeepsie City School District, and improve access to healthy, locally-grown food.

Project or Position Title: Garden Education Assistant

Position Description:

The main projects students will assist with are facilitating farm visits and other garden-based education sessions. This may include gardening and culinary workshops for students and the broader community, garden maintenance, supporting emergency food distribution efforts, our seed saving program, and other special events. Food Justice is a key value of our organization and our education department strives to keep it at the center of our work with children and families.

Desired Skills:

  • Interest in organic gardening
  • Experience working with youth a plus

Hours:

  • Monday through Friday hours 8:30-12:30 and 12:30-4:30 shifts; Wednesdays 4-6 pm. Other shifts outside these hours for special events may be available.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Talk on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (virtual)

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and Dr. Chad Wall, Field Veterinarian for NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, to learn about the current outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, the threat it poses to NYS poultry production, and how we can protect our birds and stop the spread. This event is for Small Production Flocks as well as Backyard/Hobby Flocks. Topics covered include symptoms of the disease, keeping your poultry safe, and what will happen if the disease is found in your flock or a flock near you. The update will leave ample time for Q&A. Register here!

Eat or Toss? (virtual)

Join Hudson Valley EATS and special guest, Racheal Jackson, journalist and founder of Eat or Toss, and stress no more about the uncertainty of whether a food can still be eaten or needs to be tossed because it could make you sick. Register here!

Illustration Intern for The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns (filled)

This opportunity is available during the Spring 2022 semester. 

May be an image of text that says 'The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns'The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns works to connect the Vassar community with local environmental and conservation efforts through hands on experiences, outreach events and education opportunities.

 

Position Description:

  • Create and distribute information on local invasive species and conservation efforts.
  • This includes both artwork and flyers, field guides, and other materials essential for promoting awareness.

Desired Skills:

  • Students must have a strong interest in conservation and education.
  • Experience and comfort working with children and the general public is helpful.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu