Education Intern

Seasonal, Full-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

Dates of Employment: February 5 – August 17, 2018


Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is an education center and farm located in Dayton, Ohio. Our 200-acre sanctuary includes six miles of walking trails winding through prairie, woods, ponds, sustainable farmland and meadows and provides outstanding learning opportunities in a diverse and beautiful setting. Education interns learn from experts in the field of conservation education while gaining exposure to education techniques.  Internships have been a part of our program since 1967.


Interns are required to reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon as a condition of employment. Interns are sometimes given responsibilities outside of a 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. workday and living on-site will contribute to an overall experience and understanding of the daily requirements of running a nature center and farm. Each intern has their own bedroom and a shared living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Interns are not charged rent to live in the intern house and utilities are covered by Aullwood. The intern house is fully furnished. The intern house is located by the Nature Center.

Essential Functions

Education interns typically work 35 hours per week and are paid an hourly wage.  Duties take place on weekdays and on alternating weekends and evenings.  Interns receive orientation and training and are supervised by Nicole Conrad, Education Manager/Intern Coordinator. 


During the internship interns will:

  • Learn how to and effectively plan, implement and teach youth on school field trips, mainly pre-school to middle school ages and occasionally high school and adults groups. Teaching topics may include birds, reptiles, general nature exploration, farm discovery, geology and fossils, maple syrup, food webs and exploration of different communities. Activities during the field trips may include interpretation of nature and farm communities, nature hikes, pond or creek studies, animal interpretation, and more.
  • Learn how to develop lesson plans and teach Summer Earth Adventures classes (day camps) for children age 2 years old through 7th grade with a focus on natural history and farming. Activities may include nature hikes, pond/creek exploration, farm chores, working with animals and gardening.
  • Receive training to care for the resident animals that live at the Nature Center taking care of raptors, turtles, fish, snakes, etc.
  • Be trained to perform chores at the Farm taking care of horses, chickens, pigs, goats, etc.
  • Assist with special events such as the Pancake Brunch, Native Plant Sale, Avian Art Contest Reception, Farm Babies Festival and other special events as assigned.
  • Learn how to greet visitors, take admission for Aullwood property, answer phone calls and operate the front desk as the weekend Naturalist.
  • Assist with various assigned projects throughout the internship.
  • Help support day to day operations of Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.
  • Reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon. 

Skills and Knowledge Gained:

  • Experience teaching and public speaking to groups of all ages.
  • Opportunity to make connections with environmental professionals.
  • Ohio natural history.
  • Opportunity to attend Aullwood programs and day trips.
  • Independent planning and execution of specific tasks.
  • Animal husbandry of different domestic animals and their uses.


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.
  • Be able to lead walking tours and programs on a trail system (6 miles in a 200 acre sanctuary).
  • Be eager to learn and share knowledge.
  • Have exceptional interpersonal and academic skills.
  • Be comfortable working with the public.
  • Be self-motivated, able to follow directions and work independently.
  • Be able to lift heavy items (20 - 50 pounds) such as hay bales, computer and visual equipment, boxes of publications, birdseed, livestock, tables and chairs, etc. for short periods of time.
  • Be able to work with different types of large and small animals.





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