• Education Intern

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    Seasonal, Part-Time
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  • 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).



    Audubon Vermont is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advance its diversity goals; and empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment. Audubon Vermont’s Education Interns are expected to serve diverse audiences and help advance Audubon Vermont’s diversity strategies.



    Green Mountain Audubon Center (GMAC) in Huntington. The GMAC is Vermont’s longest-running environmental education center, connecting people to nature for over 50 years.  It is conveniently located between Burlington and Montpelier.  The GMAC’s 255 acres is an ideal outdoor classroom with forests, ponds, meadows, and the Huntington River all within walking distance.

    Position Summary

    For those interested in environmental education, Audubon Vermont provides students and recent graduates with a paid internship and up to 115 hours for the semester. College credit is also available. Gain practical experience teaching students from preschool through high school while working directly with GMAC’s team of professional Teacher/Naturalists. Work on some or all of the following programs:


    Fall Internship

    School Programs: Field trips and outreach comprise the core of our education programs;   

    • Preschool-age students visit for 1-2 hour programs including Critter Construction, Autumn Inquiry, and Let’s Talk Turkeys
    • Elementary and middle school students visit for half or full-day programs including Secret Lives of Trees, All About Birds, Wilderness Skills, Orienteering, Insect Investigations, and Autumn Inquiry.

    Forest Preschool: We invite preschoolers (ages 3-5) to spend Friday mornings in the woods, at our Forest Camp.  Seasonal changes guide our weekly theme and activities, with plenty of sensory exploration and free play time.  Visit http://vt.audubon.org/forest-preschool.

    Public Programs: We offer programs on various seasonal topics throughout the year. Interns will have the opportunity to host their own program.



    Programs occur Monday through Friday during the school day (8am-3pm).  Interns must be able to commit to 2-3 days per week and must be available to teach on those days between 8am and 3pm.  Candidates must have reliable transportation to/from the GMAC. **** Note: If you are only available for half-days or for part of the internship period, please contact us to discuss options. 



    Essential Functions

    All seasonal interns will gain experience and/or knowledge in:

    • Local natural history, teaching and public speaking expertise, program planning experience, and research skills;
    • Leading and co-leading small groups of students through seasonal programs;
    • Developing lesson plans and curricula for an outdoor setting;
    • Connecting kids with nature through the arts of questioning, storytelling, and role-modeling interest and empathy towards all living things.


    Each intern will work with the Education Coordinator to develop a customized teaching schedule and semester-long project, based on your individual learning goals. 


    Essential Functions

    • Working closely with staff to effectively develop and deliver programs in-line with GMAC operations.
    • Creating and maintaining nature and environmental education materials for on- and off-site use.
    • Assisting with the design and maintenance of age-appropriate indoor and outdoor classroom spaces.



    Qualifications and Experience

    • Fit into one or more of these categories:
      • Currently enrolled in an environmental or education program (you can receive course credit for this internship)
      • Have taken courses that focus on conservation, environmental education, biology, natural history, or a related major
      • Have previous related experience in outdoor education
    • Interest in connecting people to nature and developing your own natural history, conservation, and nature mentoring skills.
    • Desire to teach nature-based programming in an outdoor setting, in all weather.
    • Interest in pedagogy, curriculum development, and lesson planning.


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