The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.
The Education Internship is a great opportunity to learn more about environmental education. The intern will be assist in the delivery of education programs and daily operations of the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center. The education intern will learn about effective teaching skills, curriculum development, as well as various educational pedagogies.
The position is temporary and paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour, scheduled for approximately 8-12 hours per week. The interns will work with the Education Coordinator at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center to develop their skills, as well as identify and complete a project based on the intern’s individual interests. This position is eligible for college credit at ASU and GCU.
$15.00 / hour
During the internship you will work with the education staff to:
• Assist in teaching elementary students during outdoor field trips at the Rio Salado Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RSAC)
• Help lead hands-on activities during classroom visits to Phoenix schools
• Work with high school students for outdoor service learning field trips
• Conduct community outreach at tabling events around Phoenix
• Develop activities and curricula for community and family programs
• Support the operations and maintenance of RSAC spaces and materials
The programs occur during the school day 8am-12pm, Wednesday- Friday. Interns must be able to commit to at least 2 days per week, Wednesday-Friday, and must be available to teach on those days between 8am and 1pm. Interns are also expected to work at least one Saturday morning per month, either staffing RSAC or delivering programs or outreach.
Projected start date is January 25, 2023 and projected end date is April 22, 2023.
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 inquiry learning, and role-modeling interest and empathy towards all living things
• Previous experience and background in environmental education, southwestern natural history, and natural resources
• Experience working with elementary-level students (PreK-6th grade), previous experience teaching or leading groups of people
• Hard working, flexible, and self-motivated
• Spanish fluency highly desirable
• Must be able to stand on your feet for long periods of time, lift loads up to 15 lbs, and traverse uneven terrain for over 2 miles. Must be able to lead groups in an outdoor setting, including being able to traverse the trails and uneven terrain of the Nature Center and surrounding properties in variable weather conditions
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.
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