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2019 eVIP Internship Meet & Greet
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Fall eVIP Internship Meet & Greet
November 11, 2021
The Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will host a virtual Internship Meet & Greet on Thursday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. This networking event is for those interested in volunteering as interns for the spring semester. At the Meet & Greet, EPD staff will conduct brief interviews with candidates and describe various internship opportunities. Current application and enrollment in school is required. Candidates must RSVP to participate.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
A Call Out for Volunteers
Hiawassee Oaks
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The storm drain labels in Hiawassee Oaks have deteriorated and are in need of a refresh. Please email evip@ocfl.net if you'd like to help remove the old labels and install new ones. Individuals and groups of all ages are invited to assist. Complete training and materials will be provided. Together we can help to protect this important watershed in the Hiawassee area.
Saul Arias Internship Highlight
In His Own Words
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I have been an Intern with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) since January 2021. I began in the Air Quality Management (AQM) Program working with the permitting team. Initially, I helped significantly in the uploading of backlogged physical documents into the OCULUS electronic document management system. I also was able to participate in various compliance inspections of industrial and commercial facilities, as well as provide education to small businesses regarding air quality compliance. The project in which I am currently assisting involves examining the odor in the Zellwood area and examining the ways in which this can be regulated in an objective manner. I also enjoyed the opportunity to audit a smoke school session, which was super interesting to me! Informative paperwork projects have included Public Record Requests, Air Tag Payments, draft letters, draft Standard Operating Procedures and calculation certifications for different sites. Looking ahead, I hope to continue the field and office work, as well as apply newly acquired skills such as GIS into my EPD duties. These opportunities are valuable to me as an Environmental Engineering Major with a minor in Environmental Studies, since it allows the application of what I have learned in the public sphere. In the future, I would hopefully like to get my Master’s degree at a local Florida University and to be able to work more in government. I would like to thank Beth Burkard, Wanda Parker, Mary Lawrence and Assefa Hailemariam for being there for me while I work as an intern, learning each and every day!
31 Years of Pollution Prevention (P2)
What is Pollution Prevention?
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What is Pollution Prevention (P2)? P2 means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution to prevent impacts to the environment. Residents play an essential role in finding innovative ways to reduce waste generation by fixing household items instead of tossing them in the trash. Are you a member of a school group, HOA, alumni chapter or church? Would you like to plan a P2 event to celebrate 31 years of the Pollution Prevention Act? Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) can provide guidance on how to host a community Fix It! Don’t Pitch It! event. Have a look at this short video to learn more https://vimeo.com/353827333 and email P2@ocfl.net to schedule an educational WebEx. For more information about Pollution Prevention (P2), visit Residential Environmental Initiatives
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Would you like to learn more about the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD)? EPD is excited to share a variety of information about events, sustainability, the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, regulatory updates, lake management, water quality and more! If you would like to be included on the email list, please fill out this brief sign-up form.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES
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Storm Drain Labeling
Spearhead a storm drain labeling project in your community. Orange County eVIP provides all the supplies, a one-hour training session and the support to create an enjoyable and meaningful service project for your group. Please help us keep our surface water clean and our storm drains functioning properly. Great project for scout groups! 
EnviroScape Training Workshop
Learn how to use the EnviroScape Model to provide fun, hands-on watershed education presentations to youth in Orange County. Are you an educator? Once trained, classroom teachers and youth group leaders can also "check out" our education materials. One-on-one trainings can be arranged to accommodate your schedule.
Internship Program
To learn more about the program, send an email stating your interest. Internships are competitive and applications are accepted year-round. Students can earn service hours, college credit and meaningful work experience. Interns who complete a three-month unpaid internship are eligible to apply for paid internships as available.
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Orange County Water-Quality Monitoring
Orange County partners with the UF/IFAS LAKEWATCH program to provide volunteers with training and equipment for water-quality testing on local lakes. Volunteers need lake access, a few hours each month to collect samples, transportation to deliver samples, a canoe or watercraft and a one-year-plus commitment to sampling. 
In-School, After-School and Summer Camp Presentations
Teachers and youth group leaders interested in watershed education can request EnviroScape presentations for their students. Presentations are approximately 25 minutes long and are scheduled throughout the academic year and summer months as schedule permits.
Community
Cleanup Kit
Is your group looking for an environmental project? eVIP has a new kit that helps individuals lead a cleanup and assist in keeping Orange County free of pollution. eVIP provides the supplies, training and support. The project is a good fit for volunteers of all ages and groups of all sizes. Educational materials will be provided as requested. 
Thank you for your interest!
If you would like more information on any of the opportunities listed above,
please contact the Orange County Environmental Protection Division Volunteer Coordinator 
Carrie Mohanna at Carrie.Mohanna@ocfl.net or 321-689-8232.
Orange County Environmental Protection Division
407-836-1430 | Cell 321-689-8232 | Fax 407-836-1499
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32803
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