• Education Intern, RiverVision

    Job Locations US-MO-West Alton
    Type
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Education/Outreach/Teaching
    ID
    2018-3535
    City
    West Alton
    State/Province
    MO
  • 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, 22 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).

     

     

    The Audubon Center at Riverlands is a project of the National Audubon Society and a unique partnership with the Rivers Project Office of the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our conservation approach uses education, science, outreach and inclusion to protect birds and their habitats in the Great Rivers Confluence Important Bird Area and the greater St. Louis Region.

     

    The RiverVision Leadership Project takes an interdisciplinary approach to increasing middle and high school students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This program exposes students to a variety of water stewardship and resource sustainability issues impacting the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The goals of RiverVision are for students to appreciate the complexity of issues in stewarding our Great Rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their personal leadership skills; and to think critically toward potential conservation solutions. Specifically, the RiverVision Leadership Project:

    1. Combines environmental studies with STEM disciplines as a means of engaging students in science and conservation
    2. Engages student in experiential activities in nature to foster a sense of wonder and personal connection to our natural world.
    3. Exposes students to professionals and careers in the fields of conservation, science, engineering, water resource management and outdoor recreation.

     

    Position Summary

    This internship is a seasonal, six-month position and runs through the Spring and Summer. Work week is typically Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm, although hours may vary. Some evening and/or weekend hours as needed. This is a paid internship. Housing is not provided.

    The RiverVision Education Intern works under the guidance of the Education Manager. However, other Audubon staff, Army Corps of Engineers staff, and teachers from our RiverVision schools may be available to interns for guidance, and assistance.

    Essential Functions

    Primary responsibilities include implementing the RiverVision Leadership Project. RiverVision consists of classroom programs, experiential learning in nature, fact finding trips to water resource facilities, and service projects. The intern helps create new activities and improve existing ones. Examples of existing activities include fish seining, macroinvertebrate study, chemical water quality study, and solving conservation challenges. The intern will help conduct program evaluation.

    The intern will also assist with education and outreach events, field trips and group tours, requests for information from visitors, Nature Store sales, and other facets of a Center's mission.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental sciences, life sciences, biology, ecology, or education.
    • Teaching experience and/or curriculum development is desirable.
    • Must be confident in leading groups and initiating activities, working independently, and team teaching.
    • Experience, knowledge, and a passion for working with under-resourced communities. Experience working with St. Louis’ North City and North County communities is desirable.
    • Strong work ethic, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and in particular with students are required.
    • Intern should possess the ability to walk on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time.
    • Reliable transportation is required. Some local travel is required.

     

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