Education Intern

Job Locations
US-VT-Huntington
Type
Seasonal, Part-Time
Job Category
Internships/Fellowships
ID
2021-4811
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. 

 

 

 

Position Summary

For those interested in environmental education, Audubon Vermont provides students and recent graduates with a paid internship. The Intern will have an opportunity to gain practical experience, teaching students (ages from preschool through high school) while working directly with GMAC’s team of professional Teacher/Naturalists. The work will include some or all of the following programs:

  • School Programs: Field trips and outreach comprise the core of our education programs
  • Preschool-age students visit for 1-2 hours programs including Snug in the Snow, Tricky Tracks, Wilderness Skills, and Maple Sugaring.
  • Elementary and Middle school students visit for half or full-day programs including Secret Lives of Trees, All About Birds, Wilderness Skills, Insect Investigations, Wetlands and Watersheds, and Maple Sugaring
  • Forest Preschool: We invite preschoolers (ages 3-5) to spend Friday & Monday 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. 
  • Public Programs: We offer programs on various seasonal topics throughout the year for adults and youth. Interns will have the opportunity to host their own program.
  • Virtual programs and webinars: During the COVID pandemic the Audubon Vermont team began offering presentations and webinars, including an intern-driven and organized series called "Tough Conversations." Our spring interns will have the opportunity to work together with Policy Interns to plan and organize another Tough Conversations.

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 Manager to develop a customized teaching schedule and semester-long project, based on your individual learning goals.

 

Schedule: The programs occur Monday through Friday during the school day (8am-3pm). Interns must be able to commit to 14 hours per week, Monday-Friday, and must be available to teach on those days between 8am and 3pm. Candidates must have reliable transportation to/from the Green Mountain Audubon Center.

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

  • Currently enrolled in an environmental or education program
  • 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.

EEO Statement

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 identity, 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.

Accessibility Statement

The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site 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.

COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 

 

This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.

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