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Adult and child cookingVolunteer, Internship, and Student Job Opportunities

The Healthy Youth Program has ongoing opportunities for students and community members to get involved in our work.  If you enjoy cooking, gardening, and working with youth and families, please visit our volunteer, internships, and student jobs pages to learn more about how to get connected:

For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program
Phone: 541-737-8014

Internships - OSU Students



The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) offers a variety of professional experience in the areas of Nutrition, Health Promotion and Education, Program planning, Implementation and Evaluation, Small Scale Urban Agriculture, Education, and Community Outreach.

These volunteer positions and internships vary from term to term depending on the number and type of programs being offered by our organization, funding, community partnerships, etc.

The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the possible positions and opportunities associated with various internship areas each term. Please contact Caitlyn Reilley if you are interested in applying for an internship with the Healthy Youth Program.

Health Promotion/Education

Assist with youth cooking, nutrition and garden programs for K-12 students

  • Assisting in weekly cooking & nutrition activities in classes (see our website for a current list of programs offered by term)Engaging groups in hands-on nutrition lessons, facilitating cooking lessons, modeling and maintaining kitchen safety and sanitation during cooking activities, building knife skills.
  • Assist with family based nutrition programs
  • Assist HYP Nutrition Educator in kindergarten readiness classes for families and children.
  • Assist with CHEF grant project
  • Assist with implementation of the Culinary Health Education component of the CHEF project in rural Benton and east Linn county.
  • Assist with curriculum preparation for all programs   
  • Help format recipes, organize lessons and create educational games and activates for a suite of youth and family programs.
  • Assist Garden Educator with integrating health and wellness curriculum into garden classroom experience.
  • Engage groups of youth in hands-on garden lessons and activities, maintain safety during activities

Small Scale Urban Agriculture

Student intern will work closely with the garden manager to maintain three school gardens located at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Corvallis High School.

  • Oversee irrigation and compost systems, and weed and pest management at three school gardens managed by the HYP.
  • Manage the planting and maintenance of starts at the LPMS greenhouse.
  • Assist Garden Manager with planting and harvest schedules.
  • Oversee volunteer work in the gardens.
  • Work with garden manager on other projects related to design and implementation of garden spaces.

During the school year, the Healthy Youth Program can host one intern per term in each of the above areas (180-360 hours). Fall, winter and spring term interns preference will be given to those who have volunteered with our program before completing an internship with us. Each summer, the Healthy Youth Program offers full-time summer internships for approximately 5-7 students. Summer interns are not required to have previous volunteer experience with our program. Please contact Caitlyn Reilley with questions or to learn more about internships with the Healthy Youth Program:

Caitlyn Reilley
Healthy Youth Program 
Phone: 541-737-8014 

Student Jobs

Student worker at camp

The Healthy Youth Program is hiring a Garden Education Assistant, student position. Click HERE for the full position description and directions on how to apply. CLOSES May 7.

For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program 
Phone: 541-737-8014 


Spring 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

The Healthy Youth Program offers a variety of classes, camps and events for the community throughout the year. Please see below for current class offerings. Volunteers may sign up to assist with any programs by applying online. 


 Nutrition Programs
Program Age Location Dates & Times
Fresh Grown Cooking for Kids 6-8 year olds
Corvallis High School, room H3


Apr. 19 – May 31,

3:30- 6:30 pm

Junior Master Chefs 8-11 year olds
Corvallis High School, room H3


Apr 17 – May 29,

3:30- 6:30 pm

Master Chefs 6th-8th grade
Linus Pauling Middle School, room 115


April 20-May 18

2:30 – 4:30pm 

Super Chefs  6th-8th grade
Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
Healthy Sprouts Children age 3-5 & Family member
Clemens Primary School, Philomath
Master Chefs: Snack Attack 4th-8th grade
Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services
CHEF Project cooking classes (East Linn county) 5th-8th grade
Lebanon and Sweet Home (sites vary)
Varies (on-going, 2017-2018) 
Garden Programs
Program Age Location Dates & Times


(Spartans Personally Engaged in the Agriculture Revolution)

High School Students
Corvallis High School
 Wednesdays, 17/18 school year


Lincoln Garden Club 1st/2nd grade
Lincoln Elementary School Garden
Mondays, 2:30-4:30pm

Tend, Mend & Mingle: Community Garden Work Parties at Lincoln Elementary

 All Community Members Lincoln Garden 

April 5 and May 3, 8-10am

Tend, Mend & Mingle: Community Garden Work Parties at Linus Pauling Middle School

All Community Members 

Linus Pauling Middle School Garden

April 19 and May 17, 9-11am


Application Materials

To volunteer with us, please fill out a volunteer application online. 

Nutrition Programs Volunteer Application

Garden Programs Volunteer Application

Some positions require a Criminal History Check. You may be asked to complete a criminal history check form before volunteering. 

If you cannot complete our application online, please call us to request a paper application. 

If you are uncertain about which application you need to fill out, please email us at


For more information, please contact the Healthy Youth Program at:
Phone: 541-737-8014 


Internships - High School Students

The application process for the 2018 S.P.E.A.R high school paid summer internship is now CLOSED. Thanks to all who applied!

Questions: contact the Healthy Youth Program by phone at 541-737-8014, or email

Summer Urban Farm interns  summer urban farm CSA box

S.P.E.A.R Paid Summer Internship with the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU

Open to ALL high school students! (Includes Seniors who will be graduating in June, and also incoming Freshman who will enroll in high school in the fall.)

If you are a high school student looking for an opportunity to try something different this summer, the CHS Urban Farm Summer Internship offers you the opportunity to:

WORK outdoors        GROW tasty food     COOK using fresh produce     MAKE new friends      PROVIDE FOOD for your community     LEARN about your food & yourself    EARN money!


Project Background:

Since 2014, high school students have grown, maintained, and harvested garden produce from the student-run gardens at Corvallis High School and Lincoln Elementary School and distributed it to community members through both Farm Stands and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This paid internship also offers high school students hands-on, informal learning opportunities focused on sustainable farming, food systems, and community nutrition. This is a work & learn experience!

2018 S.P.E.A.R Internship Details:

June 26 - August 29, 2018 (8 weeks total, with the option to extend into September for 2 hours/week on Tuesdays after school)

NOTE: the first half of this internship is a VOLUNTEER position. The second half of this internship will be PAID, at $11.00/hour (you will be an OSU student employee for the second half of this internship).

Training Dates: Tuesday, June 26, 2-4pm at Lincoln Elementary School Garden AND Wednesday, June 27, 9am-11am at Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)

Weekly Schedule (July 3rd- August 29th): Each week interns will be required to work ~10 hours. *No work on July 4th

  • Tuesdays, 2-6 pm, Lincoln Elementary School Garden
  • Wednesdays,* 8**/9am-12pm, Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)
  • Thursdays, 9am-12pm, Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)

*No work on Wednesday, July 4th.
**8:00 am start is for students currently participating in the Farmers Market Track for that week (see information on Tracks, below).


The 2018 summer intern project will include a weekly Farm Stand event and participation in the Wednesday Corvallis Farmers Market. All 2018 summer interns will rotate through three different Tracks each week during the Farm Stand events (you will get a chance to participate in each Track 2-3 times during the 8-week internship):

  1. Garden to Market Track. Explore what it means to get food from the garden into the hands of the community! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will manage the Farm Stand, and spend this week delivering extra produce to the Community Table at the Corvallis Farmers Market on Wednesday morning. NOTE: The weeks you are in this track, you will be required to start at 8:00 AM on Wednesdays.
  2. Garden to Table Track. Explore what it means to get food from the garden onto a plate! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will prepare and serve food samples using school garden produce at the Farm Stand.
  3. Garden Management & Outreach Track. Explore what it means to take care of a school garden and inform the public (especially younger children) about growing food! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will assist OSU students with garden outreach activities for children at the Farm Stand.

Other important information:

  • Work for this internship takes place at the Spartan Garden at Corvallis High School, and the Lincoln Garden at Lincoln Elementary School.
  • You will be required to obtain your Food Handlers Card prior to the start date of the internship. This can be done online; cost is $10. More information will be provided if you are selected for this internship.
  • You will be required to complete paperwork to become an OSU student employee prior to starting the second half of your internship. More information will be provided if you are selected for this internship.