As an Environmental Interpretation Intern, you will learn to…
- Teach students from preschool through high school about ecology and the environment;
- Develop and deliver programs, tours, drop-in enrichment stations and special events for a variety of audiences on weekdays, weekends, and evenings;
- Plan exhibits, write articles and create teaching tools and educational materials;
- Train volunteer educators;
- Assist with curriculum development, evaluation, and revision;
- Serve on CNC’s Education Team;
- Gain an overview of operations at a large nature center through interdepartmental exposure.
Environmental Interpretation Interns receive training in:
- Teaching techniques and group management including front loading, safety and hazards on the trail, leveling and scaffolding, bringing it back to the lesson, working with children with special needs,
- Facilitation skills including storytelling, using music in non-formal education, developmentally and age appropriate practices, questioning strategies, guided inquiry methods, nature mentoring, puppetry and specific lesson plans.
- Managerial and supervisory training including flexibility, communication, teamwork, customer service, giving and receiving constructive criticism, provisional language and positive communication, coaching, conflict resolution, scheduling, transitioning from colleague to boss, safety and risk management and incident response.
- Formative and quantitative exhibit creation and evaluation;
- Event planning;
- National Association for Interpretation’s Certified Interpretive Guide course (a $380 value);
- First Aid/CPR training
Environmental Interpretation Interns receive:
- Personal mentoring from veteran staff
- In depth periodic evaluations
- A stipend of $235/week plus furnished on-site housing. A $100 deposit will be collected from each intern who utilizes housing.
- Associate or Baccalaureate degree
- 9 month commitment
- A passion for teaching and the natural world
- Ability to teach a variety of ages
- Proficient in public speaking
- Willingness to work independently and on a team
- Pass criminal record check
- Good writing and oral communication skills; good customer service skills
- Experience in teaching, coaching, summer camp, etc. preferred
- General familiarity with the natural environment/agriculture is a plus
Requirements: This is a full-time intern position requiring 40 hours per week, including some weekends and evenings. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 internship class. We will accept applications until all internship positions have been filled.
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