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).
This internship is designed to provide practical experience teaching conservation based environmental education to groups of children and adults. Interns will learn from and mentor with professionals in the field of conservation education to develop outdoor and in-classroom teaching skills, and to incorporate their knowledge of the Hudson Valley’s natural history and conservation-related issues into hands-on, experiential lesson plans and activities. The education intern will gain experience leading groups of students through our seasonally based, conservation education programs, as well as learning to develop lesson plans for an outdoor setting. Classes range from K-12, with a focus on 3rd through 5th. Additionally, the intern will develop and implement informal conservation education public programming throughout the season, and assist in the daily operations of the Nature Center.
Work will primarily take place at one of the four Hudson Valley Audubon sites, including Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary, Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary, and Buttercup Farm Audubon Sanctuary.
The Education Intern works under the guidance and direct supervision of the Education Manager; however, the entire staff is available to interns for special interest sessions, guidance, and assistance.
Skills and Knowledge Gained: This education internship is a challenging and highly rewarding experience for someone considering and/or pursuing a career in environmental or conservation education.
Daily schedule varies, but most days are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Hours outside of those times will be required with certain programs and field based projects. Weekend and Holiday work will be expected.
This position is a paid internship, 35 hours per week, for a 22-24 week period. On-site housing is available, if needed.
Under the management of Audubon Staff, the education intern will be responsible for: