Naturalist Intern (Summer 2018)

Job Locations US-OH-Dayton
Seasonal, Full-Time
Job Category


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

The purpose of the Naturalist internship at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm is to build skills and knowledge that directly relate to teaching and implementing sustainable land management practices.  The Naturalist internship provides hands-on experience in restoration, conservation planning, teaching children, collecting data on plants/wildlife, working with community volunteers and developing a greater understanding of natural habitats, wildlife and the techniques used to manage them.  This internship offers training and a wide range of experiences.


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

Dates of employment are: May 21 - August 10, 2018



Naturalist Interns receive training and will:

  • Learn how to and effectively plan, implement and teach Summer Earth Adventures classes (day camps) with a focus on natural history, teaching students from pre-school through middle school in an outdoor setting.
  • Learn how to develop lesson plans for Summer Earth Adventures classes for children age 2 years old through 7th grade.
  • Learn basic ecological concepts and natural history.
  • Assist with various invasive species removal and restoration efforts at Aullwood.
  • Receive training to care for the resident animals that live at the Nature Center (raptors, turtles, fish, snakes, etc.).
  • Learn how to develop a land management plan for invasive species removal.
  • Assist Aullwood staff in executing special events.
  • 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.


As a result of this internship experience, interns will gain:

  • Experience teaching and public speaking to groups of all ages.
  • Experience creating lesson plans for children of various ages.
  • Restoration methods and a greater understanding of invasive species.
  • Opportunity to make connections and learn from environmental professionals.
  • Knowledge of 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, geography, elementary education or a related field.
  • Experience working with or teaching elementary aged students is preferred.
  • Must be able to perform field work such as planting and walking on uneven surfaces that are off trail.
  • Must be willing to work outside for long periods of time doing habitat restoration or education programs.
  • Willing to operate hand and power tools and various herbicide applicators. 
  • Be eager to learn and share knowledge to peers.
  • 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 work with different types of large and small animals.


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