Education Intern

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, April 3, 2017, 12:00pm

Address:

Litchfield, CT
United States

Job Category:

Internship

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The White Memorial Conservation Center is a private, nonprofit nature center and museum that provides year-round education programs for children and adults. The Center is nestled in the heart of The White Memorial Foundation, a 4,000 nature sanctuary in the northwestern hills of CT. Four guiding principles direct our work: education, conservation, recreation, and research. Please peruse whitememorialcc.org for more information on our property.  

White Memorial is looking for an Education Intern to work under the supervision of the Education Director for 13 weeks, spanning from approximately May 22 to Aug. 18, 2017. This internship will be designed to demonstrate the multitude of activities required of an Education Department at a small, but well-used nature center and museum. Unfortunately, compensation and housing cannot be provided, but our intern will gain very relevant experience in the fields of environmental education and/or interpretation. The work schedule will vary based on programming, but will typically run Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday and consist of 40 hours per week. Center hours are 9am-5pm, but evening programming may be assigned.

Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing pre and post activities for school groups to supplement field trips to White Memorial
  • Developing a program evaluation for group leaders to complete after visiting White Memorial
  • Shadowing, and then teaching classroom programs, as well as leading nature hikes and pond investigations for mostly elementary-aged children
  • Working on a temporary exhibit for the Nature Museum
  • Providing roving interpretation to visitors in the Museum
  • Handling and the occasional husbandry of education animals, including snakes, turtles, a salamander, and two birds of prey
  • Preparing marketing materials and supplies/props for education programs, including an extensive summer day camp
  • Assisting with the facilitation of a 5-week day camp consisting of outdoor trips across northwestern CT
  • Shadowing and assisting with outreach programs to general public audiences
  • Providing live animal demonstrations for weekend birthday parties
  • Aligning current programs with Next Generation Science Standards
  • Contributing to the upkeep of the Museum
  • Various other duties as assigned by the Education Director

Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least 2-3 years of college education in the fields of environmental education, natural history interpretation, conservation biology, or a related field. Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Prior work experience is not required, but applicants must possess a strong desire to pursue this line of work.
  • Willingness to work a varied schedule (most holidays are not worked)
  • Willingness to work with and occasionally take care of live animals
  • Enjoyment of interacting with children and teaching them about the natural world
  • Comfort in speaking publicly and managing groups of up to 30 people
  • Proficient knowledge of the area’s natural history
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • A valid driver’s license

How to Apply:

How to Apply:
Applications are due by April 3, 2017. Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Carrie Szwed, Education Director, at carrie@whitememorialcc.org, or mail to: White Memorial Conservation Center, 80 Whitehall Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759