Education Internship - Spring Semester

Seasonal, Part-Time
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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



Position Summary

Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC) is an environmental education center located in Dallas, Texas.  Our 120-acre sanctuary includes 5 miles of walking trails winding through the Blackland Prairie, Great Trinity Forest, ponds, and the Trinity River, and provides outstanding learning opportunities in a diverse and beautiful setting.  Internships have been a part of our program since 2008.
Education interns are supervised by the Senior Education Manager and typically work 27 hours per week and are paid an hourly wage. Duties primarily take place on weekdays but also on some weekends and evenings.  Interns will learn from experts in the field of conservation education while gaining exposure to informal education techniques both inside and outside the classroom. Teaching topics may include birds, reptiles, general nature exploration, geology and fossils, food webs, exploration of different communities and more. 
Internship Dates: February 2018 - May 2018.

Essential Functions

During the education internship, they will:

  • Prepare and teach hands-on environmental education school programs for children
  • Work closely with other staff to plan and implement programs
  • Lead field trips and camp programs
  • Serve as a role model natrualist and environmental steward
  • Assist with animal care as needed
  • Assist with special events such as the Celebrate birds, Owloween, and Earth Day Texas as neccessary
  • Assist with various assigned projects 

Skills and Knowledge Gained:

  • Experience teaching and public speaking to groups of all ages
  • Opportunity to make connections with environmental professionals
  • Natural history of the Blackland Prairie Eco-region
  • Writing and research
  • Independent planning and execution of specific tasks
  • Animal husbandry of different animals

Qualifications and Experience

  • Have completed freshman year of college majoring in natural sciences, biology, environmental education, natural history, elementary education or a related field
  • Experience teaching and working with children is preferred
  • A self- starter, one with a positive and enthusiastic approach to all tasks
  • Must be able to lead walking tours and programs on a trail system (5 miles in a 120 acre sanctuary)
  • Have exceptional interpersonal and academic skills
  • Ability to work and collaborate with people of varying backgrounds, individually and in a team setting
  • Must be a knowledgeable, hardworking individual dedicated to education and the environment
  • Comfortable working with live animals (snakes, turtles, pigeons, and more)
  • First aid and CPR certification preferred


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