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Work-Based Learning Program


Are you a high school student looking to log off, get outside, and learn something new?

Gain hands-on work experience. Make new friends. Earn Pathway credit!

The Delaware State Parks Work-Based Learning Program offers team-based volunteer work-based learning in Delaware State Park locations throughout the school year for all high school students with an interest in environmental stewardship or conservation. The program seeks to engage Delaware students in meaningful, hands-on park projects as a means of connecting academic work with practical job readiness skills in a real-world workplace environment.
Time slots are available 5 days a week in northern and southern region parks. See below for more information and to find the opportunity that’s right for you!

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Core Components

  • Practical hands-on work and training opportunities:
  • Work-place skills:
    • Alignment of classroom and workplace learning
    • Application of employability skills in a real workplace setting
      • Completion of time sheets
      • Appropriate work attire
      • Workplace culture
      • How to be an employee
      • Communication with a supervisor
      • Commitment
  • Support from workplace mentors through regular feedback from Field Coordinators and Work-Based Learning Program staff

Benefits:

  • Team atmosphere
  • Meet like-minded teens from other schools in your area
  • Gain real job-readiness skills
  • Practical hands-on experience
  • Ongoing support from workplace staff for continued growth
  • Flexible schedule
  • Networking with Delaware State Parks professional staff
  • Learn more about Delaware State Parks and what keeps the parks running throughout the year
  • Earn Pathway Credit (Be sure to work with your CTE or advisor to find out what qualifies for your school credit)
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FAQ

What will I do?

  • You will work as part of a team of 5 students with a Field Team Leader
  • Team will work together on various park-based projects such as:
    • Trail maintenance
    • Invasive plant identification and removal
    • Facility management
    • Nature center exhibit maintenance
    • Special event help
    • And more!
  • Projects will primarily be outdoor, though some indoor opportunities will be offered
  • Provides students with experience in the variety of work it takes to keep a Delaware State Park running through various parts of the year
  • Participants will have the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from park professionals for career networking

Who can participate?

  • All high school students
  • Students following a career pathway in a related field:
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Science (ENRS)
    • Natural Resource Management
    • Plant Science
    • Other pathways may apply; be sure to check with your advisor to confirm what counts for credit
  • Teens with an interest in gaining work and team experience in DE State Parks

What do I need?

  • Work gloves
  • Mask
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate work clothes that can get dirty
  • Commitment to show up ready to work, learn, and be a team player

Ready to start your T.R.E.C. Work-Based Learning Adventure?

Contact the Work-Based Learning Office to see what is available. We are happy to work with you to find the experience that best fits, and we look forward to seeing you out in the parks!

Step 1:

  • Have a discussion with your school advisor. See if you're participation fits your schedule and check to see if your participation is eligible to count towards classroom credit.

Step 2

  • Complete the interest form by visiting: WBL Interest Form
    This provides us with information to help better understand your availability and interests. We will contact you to discuss joining the TREC Team!

Step 3

  • Prepare to participate – be sure to check the information provided about what to wear, what to bring, and how to contact your Field Coordinator