• Education Intern

    Job Locations US-MS-Moss Point
    Type
    Seasonal, Part-Time
    Job Category
    Education/Outreach/Teaching
    ID
    2018-3523
    City
    Moss Point
    State/Province
    MS
  • Overview

    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 Pascagoula River Audubon Center is the gateway to the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states- home to more than 327 species of birds, endemic reptiles and fish, and unique animals such as manatees and Gulf Sturgeon. The Pascagoula River Audubon Center offers trails, boardwalks, kayak rentals, boat tours, and indoor interpretive displays to help connect all of our visitors to the River. 

     

    Are you a high school junior or senior in one of the six coastal counties of Mississippi? Do you enjoy working with children and being outdoors? Are you interested in pursuing a future career in landscape or garden design? One of our three seasonal internships may be the perfect fit for you!

     

    Two of our interns at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center will assist with all aspects of educational programming during our busy summer camp season. You'll get hands-on experience running a safe, fun, and educational outdoor summer program for students ages 4-14. Summer interns provide a critical role in making our summer camps run smoothly and successfully from planning, preparation, leading activities with children, and helping to clean up and organize camp materials.  

     

    The third internship is focused on all aspects of our gardens and greenhouse- this student will work to keep our children's play garden, vegetable gardens, greenhouse, and native plant gardens well tended and useful for all of our visitors. If you have a green thumb or an interest in working with plants and people, we'd love to put your time and talents to work this summer. 

     

    Essential Functions

    Education interns typically work 25 hours per week and are paid an hourly wage.  Duties take place on weekdays from 8 am -1 pm during summer camp (June 4 - June 29 and July 10-19), during weeks when camp is not in session, hours may be more flexible. Interns may also be asked to participate in occasional Saturday programming events as needed. 

     

    During the internship interns will:

    • Learn to work with children (ages 4-14) in an outdoor setting in all types of weather
    • Lead group activities such as learning games and art projects with children
    • Help with animal care 
    • Assist with the creation of new activities and interpretive materials at the Center
    • Maintain a variety of gardens 
    • Assist with various assigned projects throughout the internship
    • Help support day to day operations of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center 

     Interns will gain experience with:

    • Leading activities with children ages 4-14
    • Daily, weekly, and monthly aquaria and animal care tasks
    • Mississippi natural history 
    • Gardening and greenhouse planting and care
    • Skills in kayaking and other outdoor activities 
    • Independent planning and execution of specific tasks

    Qualifications and Experience

    Interns MUST be a high school junior or senior in the fall of 2018 in one of the six coastal counties of Mississippi to be considered for an Education Internship at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center!

     

    Qualifications:

    • Experience teaching and working with children is preferred
    • Ability to withstand hot/humid temperatures and biting insects while leading younger children 
    • 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
    • Students that have successfully completed high school biology preferred

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