The Sharon Audubon Center is an environmental education center owned and operated by National Audubon Society in a diverse and beautiful setting in northwestern Connecticut.
Duties: Primary responsibilities of the Environmental Education Intern include assisting with the teaching of environmental education programs to school groups in May and June. During the summer, primary responsibility is to oversee the Sharon Audubon Center Summer Nature Programs for children in grades K-6. Children visit the Center for 6-8 hours each day during weeklong sessions. Activities range from discovery hikes, pond explorations, live animal programs, nature crafts and games. The summer naturalists design the curriculum for these programs and conduct the programs with the help of volunteer assistants.
Environmental Education Interns are expected to help with other aspects of a nature center, as needed, such as helping with special events, wildlife rehabilitation, public education programs, answering requests for information from the public, answering the telephone, running the Nature Store, feeding resident education animals and helping with many other facets of a Nature Center's day to day operation.
Supervision: The Environmental Education Interns work under the guidance of the Education Program Manager, however, the entire staff is available to interns for special interest sessions, guidance and assistance.
Housing, Salary and School Credit: Interns have a furnished apartment on-site at the Miles Wildlife Sanctuary with private bedrooms and a shared kitchen, bath and living room. Salary is $10.10/hour ($353.50 per week.) Students should arrange for school credit with their advisor beforehand, if applicable.
Position: This internship position is a four month position and runs early May through late-August. Closing date when filled. Work week is typically Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-5pm in the spring and 8am-4pm Monday through Friday in the summer, although hours may vary slightly. Some evening and/or weekend hours as needed.
Qualifications: Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental or life sciences. Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary, and environmental education experience preferred. Summer Naturalists must be confident in leading a group and initiating activities, working independently and team teaching. The most important assets are a strong work ethic, natural history background, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and with children.
Ability to walk all major trails of the Sharon Audubon Center and on uneven terrain, even in the hot summer heat, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time.
Application: All applications must be done online at the following link https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3969/environmental-education-intern/job No mailed, emailed or faxed applications/resumes will be accepted. Please be sure to include a cover letter. Application deadline: March 31, 2019.