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  1. Part-Time Position Announcement Outreach Educator Starting Immediately ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 150,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Outreach Educators are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team who deliver programs online, in schools, and natural areas providing meaningful experiences to over 5,000 students in Northwest Indiana. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Outreach Educators work both as a team and independently to develop and lead a variety of programs to a wide audience in diverse settings, often working closely with public school systems and partners throughout the year. In the summer, the outreach team leads day-camps based at Indiana Dunes National Park’s historic Chellberg Farm and assists with residential camps. Outreach Educators have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and closely working with a broad group of partner organizations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Facilitate virtual and in-person programs throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in coordination with partners. ● Assist in the development of Outreach programs. ● Communicate with school teachers and coalition staff for teacher training workshops, and other program meetings. ● Maintain a positive mental attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff trainings and professional development as needed. ● Assist in the maintenance, inventory, and data entry of all program supplies, equipment, facilities, and grant tracking needs. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Outreach Educator position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in similar position ● Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation ● Teaching experience with children in a formal or non-formal setting ● Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills ● Proficient in Google applications ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack ● Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently as well as on a team ● Ability to adapt and revise quickly ● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends ● Possess a valid driver’s license and a vehicle for reliable transportation for local travel DESIRABLE ● Knowledge of the local ecology of the Calumet Region ● Design and drawing skills ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Current CPR and First Aid Certification PHYSICAL DEMANDS Outreach Educators are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Outreach Educators must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $13 per hour (average 30 hours per week) ● Professional development opportunities To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org Outreach+Educator+(PT)+2022+(1).pdf
  2. Internship Announcement Cabin Leader June-August 2022 ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the non-profit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 150,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our residential programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Our internship program offers training and professional development to set you up for success. Communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are developed and practiced at camp. Supervising campers, engaging in decision-making, managing behavior, and being a role model are all necessary skills for strong leaders. Cabin Leaders are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team and are responsible for providing meaningful experiences for campers during summer camp. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect, and work together as a team. They facilitate the evening programs (campfire, group games, night hike, ice cream social, etc), lead meal and flag raising activities, and provide overnight supervision of campers throughout the week. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Prepare for and lead evening programming for a diverse community of campers; ages 8-17. ● Supervise and be responsible for campers overnight in modern cabins as well as tent camping (1 night per week). ● Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of campers using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses, or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings. ● Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Cabin Leader Internship program, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Must be at least 18 years old ● Enrolled in an Associate or BA/BS academic program for the 2022-2023 school year ● Enthusiastic about working with children in an outdoor setting ● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors in all weather conditions ● Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently as well as on a team ● Official government identification DESIRABLE ● Prior experience in outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Participation in leadership programs at school/ in your community PHYSICAL DEMANDS Cabin Leaders are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and be active and engaging with campers with hikes, games, and campfires. Cabin Leaders are responsible for campers overnight and must be able to respond to their needs at all hours of the night. Cabin Leaders must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $290 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) ● Housing in cabins on campus for the duration of the internship (shared with campers M-F) ● Professional development opportunities ● Meals and weekly s’mores while camp is in session To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org 2022+Cabin+Leader+Internship+Announcement+(1).pdf
  3. Internship Announcement Interpretive Naturalist June 2022 - May 2023 ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 150,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our residential programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Interpretive Naturalists are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team and are responsible for providing meaningful experiences for children and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes all year long. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Our Interpretive Naturalist Internship program provides an opportunity for next generation leaders to receive training and coaching to develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. Interpretive Naturalists often work in pairs during the summer to give each the opportunity to shadow peers and provide/receive feedback. During the school year, Interpretive Naturalists have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and shadowing National Park Service staff. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Prepare for and lead educational/interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based science, and resource stewardship for a diverse community of students; ages 6-17. ● Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings. ● Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Interpretive Naturalist Internship program, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Bachelor’s degree preferred or some formal education with equivalent experience, by June 2022 ● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack ● Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently as well as on a team ● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends ● Official government identification DESIRABLE ● Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation ● Knowledge of the natural history of the Calumet Region ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Possess valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation for local travel PHYSICAL DEMANDS Interpretive Naturalists are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Naturalists must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $300 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) ● Shared housing (private bedroom) ● Professional development opportunities ● Meals and weekly s’mores when groups are in residence To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org 2022-23+Interpretive+Naturalist+Internship+Announcement+(2).pdf
  4. Internship Announcement Outreach Educator June 2022 - May 2023 ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 150,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce.Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Outreach Educator Interns are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team who deliver programs online, in schools, and natural areas providing meaningful experiences to over 5,000 students in Northwest Indiana. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Our Outreach Educator Internship provides an opportunity for next generation leaders to receive training and coaching to develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. Outreach Educators work both as a team and independently to lead a variety of programs to a wide audience in diverse settings, often working closely with public school systems and partners throughout the year. In the summer, the outreach team leads day-camps based at Indiana Dunes National Park’s historic Chellberg Farm and assists with residential camps. Outreach Educator Interns have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and networking. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Facilitate virtual and in-person programs throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in coordination with partners. ● Assist in the development of Outreach programs. ● Communicate with school teachers and coalition staff for teacher training workshops and other program meetings. ● Maintain a positive mental attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses, or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff trainings and professional development as needed. ● Assist in the maintenance, inventory, and data entry of all program supplies, equipment, facilities, and grant tracking needs. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Outreach Educator Internship, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Bachelor’s degree preferred or some formal education with equivalent experience, by June 2022 ● Teaching experience with children in a formal or non-formal setting ● Excellent organization, communication, and interpersonal skills ● Proficient in Google applications ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack ● Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide documentation ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently, as well as on a team ● Ability to adapt and revise quickly ● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends ● Possess a valid driver’s license and a vehicle for reliable transportation for local travel DESIRABLE ● Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation ● Knowledge of the local ecology of the Calumet Region ● Design and drawing skills ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Current CPR and First Aid Certification PHYSICAL DEMANDS Outreach Educator Interns are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Outreach Educator Interns must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $335 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) ● Paid furlough (max 1 pay period) and holidays ● Eligible for health insurance ● Shared housing (private bedroom) ● Professional development opportunities ● Meals when groups are in residence and schedule permits To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org Outreach+Educator+Intern+2022-2023+(1).pdf
  5. Part-Time Position Announcement Outreach Educator Starting June 2021 ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 144,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Outreach Educators are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team who deliver programs online, in schools, and natural areas providing meaningful experiences to over 5,000 students in Northwest Indiana. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Outreach Educators work both as a team and independently to develop and lead a variety of programs to a wide audience in diverse settings, often working closely with public school systems and partners throughout the school year. In the summer, the outreach team leads day-camps based at Indiana Dunes National Park’s historic Chellberg Farm and assists with residential camps. Outreach Educators have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and closely working with a broad group of partner organizations. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Facilitate virtual and in-person programs throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in coordination with partners. ● Assist in the development of Outreach programs. ● Communicate with school teachers and coalition staff for teacher training workshops, and other program meetings. ● Maintain a positive mental attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff trainings and professional development as needed. ● Assist in the maintenance, inventory, and data entry of all program supplies, equipment, facilities, and grant tracking needs. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Outreach Educator position, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in similar position ● Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation ● Teaching experience with children in a formal or non-formal setting ● Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills ● Proficient in Google applications ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently as well as on a team ● Ability to adapt and revise quickly ● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends ● Possess a valid driver’s license and a vehicle for reliable transportation for local travel DESIRABLE ● Knowledge of the local ecology of the Calumet Region ● Design and drawing skills ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Current CPR and First Aid Certification PHYSICAL DEMANDS Outreach Educators are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Outreach Educators must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $13 per hour (average 30 hours per week) ● Professional development opportunities To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org
  6. Internship Announcement Outreach Educator June 2021 - May 2022 ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 144,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature's classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Outreach Educator Interns are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team who deliver programs online, in schools, and natural areas providing meaningful experiences to over 5,000 students in Northwest Indiana. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Our Outreach Educator Internship provides an opportunity for next generation leaders to receive training and coaching to develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. Outreach Educators work both as a team and independently to lead a variety of programs to a wide audience in diverse settings, often working closely with public school systems and partners throughout the year. In the summer, the outreach team leads day-camps based at Indiana Dunes National Park’s historic Chellberg Farm and assists with residential camps. Outreach Educator Interns have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and networking. ESSENTIAL DUTIES ● Facilitate virtual and in-person programs throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in coordination with partners. ● Assist in the development of Outreach programs. ● Communicate with school teachers and coalition staff for teacher training workshops, and other program meetings. ● Maintain a positive mental attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. ● Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses or possible hazards. ● Attend program staff trainings and professional development as needed. ● Assist in the maintenance, inventory, and data entry of all program supplies, equipment, facilities, and grant tracking needs. ● Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. ● Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. ● Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. ● Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Outreach Educator Internship, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED ● Bachelor’s degree preferred or some formal education with equivalent experience, by June 2021 ● Teaching experience with children in a formal or non-formal setting ● Excellent organization, communication and interpersonal skills ● Proficient in Google applications ● Commitment to equity and inclusion ● Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack ● A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback ● Ability to work independently as well as on a team ● Ability to adapt and revise quickly ● Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends ● Possess a valid driver’s license and a vehicle for reliable transportation for local travel DESIRABLE ● Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation ● Knowledge of the local ecology of the Calumet Region ● Design and drawing skills ● Ability to speak Spanish ● Current CPR and First Aid Certification PHYSICAL DEMANDS Outreach Educator Interns are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Outreach Educator Interns must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION ● $335 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) ● Paid furlough (max 1 pay period) and holidays ● Eligible for health insurance ● Shared housing (private bedroom) ● Professional development opportunities ● Meals when groups are in residence and schedule permits To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director at employment@duneslearningcenter.org
  7. ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 144,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature’s classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our residential programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Our internship program offers training and professional development to set you up for success. Communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity are developed and practiced at camp. Supervising campers, engaging in decision-making, managing behavior, and being a role model are all necessary skills for strong leaders. Cabin Leaders are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team and are responsible for providing meaningful experiences for campers during summer camp. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect, and work together as a team. They facilitate the evening programs (campfire, group games, night hike, ice cream social, etc), lead meal and flag raising activities, and provide overnight supervision of campers throughout the week. ESSENTIAL DUTIES Prepare for and lead evening programming for a diverse community of campers; ages 8-17. Supervise and be responsible for campers overnight in modern cabins as well as tent camping (1 night per week). Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. Ensure safety and well-being of campers using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses, or possible hazards. Attend program staff training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings. Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities. Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Cabin Leader Internship program, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED Must be at least 18 years old Enrolled in an Associate or BA/BS academic program for the 2020-2021 school year Enthusiastic about working with children in an outdoor setting Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Commitment to equity and inclusion Physically able to perform duties outdoors in all weather conditions A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback Ability to work independently as well as on a team Official government identification DESIRABLE Prior experience in outdoor education, residential camp setting, nature centers, or day camps Ability to speak Spanish Participation in leadership programs at school/ in your community PHYSICAL DEMANDS Cabin Leaders are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and be active and engaging with campers with hikes, games, and campfires. Cabin Leaders are responsible for campers overnight and must be able to respond to their needs at all hours of the night. Cabin Leaders must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION $290 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) Housing in cabins on campus for the duration of the internship (shared with campers Monday-Friday) Professional development opportunities Meals and weekly s’mores while camp is in session To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director, at employment@duneslearningcenter.org.
  8. ABOUT DUNES LEARNING CENTER With a mission to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature, Dunes Learning Center is the nonprofit education partner of Indiana Dunes National Park. Since 1998, more than 144,000 students from diverse communities and backgrounds have participated in our programs to discover, learn, explore, and reflect on the science and wonder of nature. For many, Dunes Learning Center is the gateway to Indiana Dunes National Park and the beginning of their environmental science education. These experiences support students on the pathway to science-based careers, inspiring the next generation of scientists, environmental advocates, and educators. Looking back on 20+ years of exploration and investigation in nature’s classroom, Dunes Learning Center is proud to be at the forefront of environmental education in the Indiana Dunes. We serve a diverse community and seek a diverse workforce. Dunes Learning Center is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate. SUMMARY Dunes Learning Center is proud to carry on a tradition of learning in the dunes that dates back more than 100 years ago by the “Father of Ecology in North America,” Dr. Henry Chandler Cowles. Our residential programs provide a critical and beneficial connection to nature for learners of all ages—inspiring curiosity, scientific literacy, and environmental stewardship. Interpretive Naturalists are key members of the Dunes Learning Center team and are responsible for providing meaningful experiences for children and adults regarding the diversity of ecosystems and cultural history of the Indiana Dunes all year long. They help students create connections, build confidence, and develop a sense of place by providing opportunities to explore, ask questions, reflect and work together as a team. Our Interpretive Naturalist Internship program provides an opportunity for next generation leaders to receive training and coaching to develop their naturalist, outdoor education, and resource interpretation skills and techniques. Interpretive Naturalists often work in pairs during the summer to give each the opportunity to shadow peers and provide/receive feedback. During the school year, Interpretive Naturalists have opportunities to extend their professional development through workshops, in-services, and shadowing National Park Service staff. ESSENTIAL DUTIES Prepare for and lead educational/interpretive programs in natural and cultural history, inquiry-based science, and resource stewardship for a diverse community of students; ages 6-17. Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude and serve as a role model for responsible environmental behavior and literacy. Ensure safety and well-being of program participants using sound judgement and applying appropriate decisions by following safety protocol and reporting incidents, near misses or possible hazards. Attend program staff training workshops and regularly scheduled staff meetings. Assist in the maintenance of all program supplies, equipment, and facilities. Actively participate to support fundraising efforts. Comply with all Dunes Learning Center policies and represent DLC in a professional manner at all times. Perform all assigned duties critical to the operation of the Dunes Learning Center. Assist with other duties as assigned. QUALIFICATIONS To qualify for the Interpretive Naturalist Internship program, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty. Dunes Learning Center aims to make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. All Dunes Learning Center employees must submit to a background check and possible drug screening. REQUIRED Bachelor’s degree preferred or some formal education with equivalent experience, by June 2020 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Commitment to equity and inclusion Physically able to perform duties outdoors, in all weather conditions, and hike several miles over dunes terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack A willingness to be coached and to receive feedback Ability to work independently as well as on a team Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and occasional weekends Official government identification DESIRABLE Experience with environmental education and/or interpretation Knowledge of the natural history of the Calumet Region Ability to speak Spanish Possess valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation for local travel PHYSICAL DEMANDS Interpretive Naturalists are required to regularly stand for long periods of time and walk up to 5 miles per day on sandy dune terrain while carrying a 25-lb backpack in all weather conditions. Naturalists must be able to verbally communicate and have visual abilities that allow them to deliver programs safely. COMPENSATION $300 weekly stipend (average 40 hours per week) Shared housing with private bedroom Professional development opportunities Meals and weekly s’mores when groups are in residence To apply send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Erin Crofton, Education Director, at employment@duneslearningcenter.org
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