• Education Intern

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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).



    Position Summary

    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 four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, two joined kitchens, a living room and a screened porch. Wireless internet, water and electricity are provided. Housing will be shared with other interns and/or visiting researchers. Corkscrew is a remote Sanctuary and is known as a dark sky site.


    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. 

    Essential Functions

    Under the guidance of Audubon staff, the intern will develop skills in a variety of environmental education activities, including:

    • Teach, manage, and inspire groups of 2nd and 5th grade students about the value and importance of the natural world in Corkscrew’s outdoor classroom;
    • Conduct nature walks/tours for visitors to Corkscrew Swamp’s boardwalk and other areas that increase the knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Sanctuary and its plants and animals;
    • Serve as a docent within the Blair Visitor Center by educating visitors and answering questions, presenting interpretive programs and providing assistance as needed;
    • Assist with the logistics and conduct public education at a variety of off and onsite events, such as festivals, tours, buggy rides, After Hours, presentations, etc.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in environmental education, communications, natural sciences or a related field;
    • Excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude;
    • Possess a basic understanding of ecology and a desire to learn about conservation;
    • Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
    • Possess a valid driver’s license;
    • Commit to the full duration of the internship (October 2019 – April 2020);
    • Be self-directed and demonstrate initiative once trained and prepared for programs and events;
    • Ability to work long hours out-of-doors in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms);
    • Ability to stand for eight hours in the Visitor Center or at an event, while maintaining a smile and positive attitude, while speaking to the public in a courteous manner; and
    • Ability to carry tables, chairs, cases of drinks and other heavy items of approximately 40 pounds over short distances.


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