Education Intern

Job Locations US-NY-Cold Spring
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category
Cold Spring


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

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. 

  • Experience teaching and public speaking to groups of all ages
  • Opportunity to make connections with environmental professionals
  • Natural history of the Hudson Highlands
  • Independent planning and execution of specific tasks under the guidance of the Education Manager

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.


Essential Functions

Under the management of Audubon Staff, the education intern will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in and working closely with education staff to execute conservation-based school and community education programs.
  • Work with the education manager in developing and revising lesson plans and curriculum.
  • With direction from the education manager, the intern will also be responsible for designing and implementing an education project based on Audubon’s mission, conservation, and the needs of the center.
  • Prepare lesson plans/curriculum, program set-up and clean-up, and program evaluation.
  • Maintain inventory, condition and organization of educational materials, supplies and equipment.
  • Staff the Nature Center, interact with the public to provide information about Audubon and Audubon’s mission, and answer questions for visitors
  • Assisting with daily operations and light maintenance of center properties, including general housekeeping.
  • Participating in other conservation efforts, scientific research and habitat restoration work. This includes: learning how to collect and identify of invertebrates in the field, eel monitoring, invasive species control, conduct plant surveys, and marsh bird surveys.
  • Serve as a role model naturalist and environmental steward, and be a positive ambassador of Audubon
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Undergraduate, or equivalent experience focused in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Studies, or related field. Minimum of 2 years college education.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills with adults & children a must.
  • Ability to work well as part of the team and alone.
  • A proactive, optimstic approach to work, one with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail, excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • Must be able to commit to the entire period of work.
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors in variable weather conditions.
  • Be flexible and motivated.
  • Prior teaching experience is preferred.
  • Canoeing experience a plus.
  • Interest in the mission of Audubon and the natural world is preferred.




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