Our Students, Our Future

Our Youth Employment Program is at the heart of all that we do and we’re very proud of it! Each summer, we hire local high school students to work as tour guides in the Butterfly Pavilion and Fort Umpqua, help maintain the gardens, and staff the Outpost Café and Produce Stand.

We are the largest source of off-farm employment for young people in our area. YEP jobs provide our youth with essential work experience and prepare them for success later in life. At the same time, the wages they earn ripple through our rural economy, helping to build a stronger community.

Real world experience in a supportive setting

Students in our Youth Employment Program get experience with gardening, tourism and customer service, developing highly transferable job skills. Students apply for these select positions, gather references and go through an interview process, gaining important job-search skills. Each student works with an experienced mentor / supervisor, and a job coach to help them master the skills needed to do a good job.

Our students are the best ambassadors for ECEC and Elkton–be sure to say hello when you’re in the butterfly pavilion, Fort Umpqua, cafe and produce stand!

Hello everyone I hope you are all having a fun and safe summer!


I am happy to announce that we are going to have a second hiring round at ECEC to help fill out our team!


As the summer progresses we are finding the need to hire a few more highly motivated students to help us in the second half of summer.


This second round of interviews are open to any Elkton school district student that is at least age 14 by July 23rd.


If you already applied and interviewed for our first round of hiring earlier this summer there is no need to apply again; we will be in contact with you.


If you are interested in applying please fill out an application and drop it off at the ECEC office OR email it to us at [email protected]


Applications are due by July 17th and we will be conducting interviews July 21st.



Jason Whitney

Youth Employment Coordinator




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