Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Design Intern (PT)

  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Denver, CO, USA
  • Feb 06, 2018
Part time Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Environmental Protection GIS - Remote Sensing

Job Description

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

We have a longstanding commitment to the support of programs that help children spend time in and develop a lasting connection with nature and the outdoors. Children with ongoing experiences playing and learning in nature are more inclined to become nature lovers and supporters as adults and experience multiple health and developmental benefits.

This position will work as a part of a creative team to implement the Early Childhood Heath Outdoors (ECHO) initiative with the following vision: All Colorado young children have daily access to quality outdoor learning environments (OLEs) where play and learning support development across all domains'cognitive, physical, social, and emotional.    

We partner with Qualistar Colorado and North Carolina State University's Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) to implement the ECHO initiative focused on sites used by young children (ages 0-8).

The position will assist NWF's Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) professional design team in tasks related to designing outdoor environments for young children to promote play, learning and healthy development. The Design Intern will contribute to development of landscape designs, graphics, marketing materials and website content, and training delivery. The intern will gain valuable hands-on experience to prepare a successful candidate for employment after graduation. This is a part-time position, working 20 hours per week.

The Design Intern will focus on designing outdoor spaces where young children and families spend time on a daily basis: primarily child care centers, but also including community spaces to serve family caregivers. The position will be expected to apply evidence-based, best practice design principles to a variety of site contexts and create developmentally-appropriate, custom design solutions driven by the programmatic needs of the clients and site users. The candidate should be able to communicate design concepts and ideas through hand sketching, graphics, and rendering skills, have a strong attention to detail, have excellent organizational skills, be flexible, and have strong technical skills (grading, construction knowledge). Candidates must be energetic, self-motivated, great communicators, and possess strong leadership qualities.    

In this role you will:

  • Prepare base maps, schematic and design development documents, construction details, planting plans, and design booklets for design development packages.
  • Collaborate with and be mentored by the ECHO team in various support tasks including community presentations, landscape designs, graphics, and written documents.
  • Assist with material take-offs and create opinion of probable cost calculations.
  • Communicate with clients including setting up meetings for site visits, design reviews, and design delivery presentations.
  • Assist with site visits, perform site analysis, conduct site measurements and photo documentation. This will include developing the following documents: site base maps, locate and verifying available site data from multiple sources, photographic mapping and existing condition evaluations.
  • Assist with facilitation of participatory design workshops and the annual ECHO Summit.
  • Maintain archival systems for photographs and other design components.
  • Assist with designing flyers, posters, printed resources, online marketing and presentations.

 Qualifications:

  • Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge) proficiency.  ArcGIS and SketchUP knowledge a plus.
  • Proven ability to learn quickly and independently manage tasks.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively communicate ideas both verbally, written, and graphically.
  • Demonstrated ability to create effective design solutions at a variety of scales and contexts.
  • Demonstrated interest in or past experience designing landscapes for young children and/or families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Knowledge of Colorado native plants and landscape materials is a plus.
  • Bilingual Spanish abilities are a plus.

A university student pursuing a bachelor's degree, or recent graduate with a (BS) or a master's degree (MS) in landscape architecture, landscape design, environmental design, or related fields. If a current student, the candidate should be in their senior year with no more than one academic year remaining before earning the degree is preferred. If future funding is secured, a successful intern may receive an offer of full-time employment.

The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. 

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.  If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application.  A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.

Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.   

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