Jamestown Audubon Society
Job Description: 

You’ll walk away from this internship with experience working with groups of children ages preK-7th grade. We provide learning opportunities in the form of a weekly hike with a naturalist, recommended reading materials, job-shadowing the various positions at a nature center, research projects such as bird banding, and off-site field trips.

We give you the opportunity to self-direct a project with staff oversight, develop lesson plans for week-long camp, and participate in land management in the Sanctuary. You’ll have experience working with a collection of reptiles and amphibians as part of our education animal collection and minimal training on the care and maintenance of a Bald Eagle.

Finally, we hope you walk away with a better understanding that environmental education is a way of life, not a field of interest. Through experience, knowledge and action, your work here will give you the tools to shape the future and its citizens.



  • at least 18 years of age
  • interest, comfort in, and knowledge of the natural world
  • experience working with children
  • must be in good physical condition, able to navigate up to 3 miles a day on rough terrain


  • enthusiasm for learning and sharing
  • familiarity with Jamestown Audubon
  • are planning to enter an environmental field or those who hope to teach environmental and/or science topics or elementary age students

Lead Discovery Walks; Serve as camp counselor through the summer; Complete an intern project (in an area of your interest); Assist with caring for our educational live animals; Assist with weekend programming including classes, birthday parties and rentals; Attend walks and classes led by naturalists and volunteers for professional development (often includes bird-banding, wildflower ID, bird-house monitoring, Citizen Science Projects, and more); Assist with daily operations of the nature center (including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance).

Discovery Walks: In May and June we lead guided walks. Your job is to engage the students in meaningful learning activities along the way and to make sure you keep to a specified schedule. Training and observation is provided before you lead your first solo walk. For more information, visit our on-line training manual.

Summer Day Camp: Starting in late June, we begin 8 weeks of Summer Day Camp. You assist and observe during the first two weeks of camp, then lead your own groups for the remainder of the summer.

Intern Project: Each year, our intern chooses a project. Past projects have involved the creation of displays, such as a “fishing pond”, a frog song board, and rapto-rama. Another was a self-guided nature trail and accompanying booklet. Other projects are possible and we try to match your interest with the project.

Hours per Week: 
30-40 hours/week
Days/Hours Intern is Needed: 

May through August (Exact start and end dates are somewhat negotiable)
30-40 hours/week, occasional weekends: In May and June, 30 hours per week, usually Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Once camp starts, a maximum of 40 hours per week, usually 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Hours are flexible, as we have some weekend events. There may be some weeks when you are asked to work Saturday instead of Monday, for example.


To apply for this internship, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning at 716.338.1381 or use this contact form.