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 that you are all staying safe! I have more information about ECEC’s summer youth employment program.

First and foremost there will be a program this summer! Due to Covid 19 we are expecting a much slower summer and sadly we have had to scale back the number of students we hire this year but we are super excited to be working with some of you again!

The ECEC is going to be creating a new landscaping crew to go offsite with supervision to local members of the communities to tackle various landscaping jobs. With this new initiative we are hoping both to provide a needed service to the local community as well as giving students more opportunities to work at ECEC. We are also looking to cross train some of our positions to increase the amount of hours for students.

Due to Covid 19 and limited recruitment possibilities we are going to be focusing on hiring students that have worked at the ECEC in the past. We’ll send applications to all students who qualify, and expect to hire 9-10 students. 

We may be able to hire more students in July.  If you have not worked at ECEC before and are interested in being considered for a position in July please email [email protected] We will also post an announcement on our Facebook page, so keep an eye on that too!   

The application is found below make sure to drop off your application at the ECEC Office or E-mail it to [email protected]


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