Engagement Intern

Job Locations
US-VT-Huntington
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Internships/Fellowships
ID
2020-4510
City
Huntington
State/Province
VT

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. The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion, and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

 

Position Summary

Audubon Vermont seeks a current college student with an interest in environmental education to work with Audubon Vermont’s Education Coordinator, Youth Leadership Coordinator, and Teacher-Naturalists. The goal of this internship is to increase opportunities for indirect educational experiences between the public and Audubon Vermont, both at our Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington, VT and virtually. We have seen an increase in visitors to our trails, but have been unable to lead traditional education programs due to social distancing regulations. We see an opportunity to engage with these new users, even if they are not in direct contact with a naturalist.

The person in this position will also excite other young adults about the work of Audubon by helping to create an alumni experience for past interns as well as reaching out to other college students who are interested in conservation. The internship is designed to provide a range of programmatic experiences with a focus on environmental education.

In the course of this internship, the student will gain valuable experience interacting with the professional scientists, educators and advocates at Audubon, as well as with young people and the general public in Vermont. This internship will contribute to the goals of Audubon Vermont through supporting our education and youth leadership programs.

This is a paid internship opportunity with some flexibility to allow for other work and classes, for up to 200 hours during the semester, however, applicants must be available during Audubon Vermont’s business hours, Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. This position is best suited to a self-driven individual who has experience in education (formal or informal) and can bring a creative edge to natural history interpretation. We are adhering to the CDC and Vermont's state guidelines surrounding COVID-19 protocol. Applicants should be comfortable and able to work remotely.

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.
  • Assisting with the design of age-appropriate curriculum and interpretive guides.
  • Working closely with people from diverse backgrounds and with lived experiences different from your own.
  • May be required to travel to Audubon Vermont’s office in Huntington, VT, which is a rural location.

Qualifications and Experience

Required Qualifications:

 

  • Currently enrolled student.
  • 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 (when appropriate and following State guidelines and our office protocols to stay safe during COVID).

 

Preferred Qualifications:

 

  • Have taken courses that focus on conservation, environmental education, biology, natural history, or a major in education with an interest in alternative forms of education.
  • Have previous related experience in outdoor education.
  • Experience in event creation.
  • Self-motivated and organized person able to stay on task without direct supervision.
  • Social media communication experience.
  • Networking and community engagement. 
  • Interest in pedagogy, curriculum development, and lesson planning.
  • Reliable transportation.

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