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).
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a private not-for-profit Audubon Sanctuary encompassing 13,000 acres in Southwest Florida’s western Everglades. The Sanctuary is open seven days per week year-round and attracts visitors from all over the world. Being a part of the Corkscrew team means making a difference for conservation. The Education Intern is a full-time seasonal position assisting with essential environmental education duties including assisting with the implementation of a 2nd and 5th grade field trip program to the Sanctuary and with educating visitors to the Blair Visitor Center and boardwalk. The Education Intern will also assist with giving tours and presentations and other public education activities as necessary.
On-site housing is provided and required due to the relatively remote location of the Sanctuary and early work hours. Housing is a furnished one-level dormitory-style building. There are two single and two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, two joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water and electricity is provided. Housing will be shared with other interns and/or visiting researchers. Education intern will have a single, private room. Corkscrew is a remote Sanctuary and is known as a dark sky site. The intern housing is nestled in the pine flatwoods near the Research Building and Director’s office.
Interns are expected to assist with additional Sanctuary events and activities, as needed. An opportunity to pursue personal conservation-based interests (e.g. environmental education, environmental policy, or ecological research) is available through the completion (design, and execution) of an independent project with the guidance of Sanctuary staff.
Under the guidance of Audubon staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of environmental education activities, including: