Mill River Stewards
The window for Summer 2017 stewards applications is closed. If you have already applied, you will receive a notification of next steps by the end of May.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Stewards Program.
In December 2010, Mill River Park Collaborative launched the Mill River Stewards, our high school internship program. The program is now in it's sixth year with a cohort of both new and returning Stewards.
The program offers interns the opportunity to use Mill River Park as a living classroom to increase environmental literacy and access to experiential learning opportunities. Stewards participate in hands-on landcare activities in the Park (e.g. developing a native plant nursery; establishing coir fiber rolls to reduce soil erosion), serve as outreach ambassadors in the community, and generally learn how to successfully manage a park. They are also introduced to the wide range of environmental careers and resources available in Connecticut.
Research shows that the combination of classroom learning and paid field-based internships motivate young people to pursue higher education and — regardless of socio-economic background — increase their awareness of career opportunities. Working in the “real world” also provides job-readiness training and improves their ability to interact with co-workers.
Environmental Education Internship for College Students:
Starting in 2016 we opened up an internship position for college students. This paid internship with MRPC is for a college student majoring in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Sustainability, or a similar major. Their role is to assist the Programs Coordinator in the day to day operation of the Stewards Program. Knowledge of contemporary environmental issues, native plant species, riparian ecosystems, and environmental justice is important. The ability to make sound decisions, lead by example, and a willingness to work in inclement weather is crucial.