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Employer: 
Jamestown Audubon Society
Website: 
http://jamestownaudubon.org/
Semester: 
Summer
Type: 
Ongoing
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.

Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

PREFERENCES

  • 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
Responsibilities: 

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.

Salary: 
Paid

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