Education Intern

Job Locations
US-VT-Huntington
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Internships/Fellowships
ID
2021-4658
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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 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). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

 

The National Audubon Society endeavors to make https://careers-audubon.icims.com/ accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact Accommodations@audubon.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

 

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 administrative and programmatic experiences with a focus on environmental education. 

 

For those interested in environmental education, Audubon Vermont provides students and recent graduates with a paid internship. 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:

 

Summer Programs:

  • Field trips and outreach comprise the core of our education programs;  
  • Preschool-age students visit for 1-2 hours programs including Down by the River, Insect Extravaganza, Whirligigs and Water Tigers, and Wiggly Worms
  • Elementary and middle school students visit for half or full-day programs including Secret Lives of Trees, All About Birds, Wilderness Skills, Insect Investigations, and Wetlands and Watersheds.

Summer Camp:

  • Audubon Vermont hosts 8 weeks of summer day camp to over 250 kids from our local communities. Campers explore, investigate, and discover in our forests, ponds, rivers, wetlands, and fields.vt.audubon.org/camps

Public Programs:

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

Schedule

  • Programs occur Monday through Friday during the school day (8am-3pm). Interns must be able to commit to 1-2 days per week must be available to teach on those days between 8am and 3pm. Candidates must have reliable transportation to/from the GMAC.
  • Intern schedules can be flexible throughout the week however, we need someone available on Friday. This position is for up to 200 hours.
  • Note: If you are only available for half-days or for part of the internship period, please contact us to discuss options. Start and end dates will be posted on our website: https://vt.audubon.org/about-us/job-opportunities

Essential Functions

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 other 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 event planning and can bring a creative edge to natural history interpretation. 

  • 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.
  • Some of this work will require coming to Audubon Vermont’s office in Huntington, VT, which is a rural location. The nearest bus stop is 10 miles away. If you do not have reliable transportation but believe you are a strong candidate, please apply.

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
  • Reliable transportation to Audubon Vermont.
  • 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.

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