Environmental Education and Conservation Intern – Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park

Position Summary

The major responsibilities of the intern are to develop and present indoor and outdoor environmental education programs for the general public, specific groups and elementary school classes.  Secondary opportunities are (1) participation in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and (2) participation on trail work and support of the recreational programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship.  Housing can be provided at no-cost at the Preserve & Park Office.  Pay is minimum wage.  A vehicle is required, but mileage for work-use is reimbursed at the market-rate.

 Position Tasks and Responsibilities

On- and off-site education programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with classroom teachers/group leaders
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Environmental Education Volunteers
  • Participating in Training with Environmental Education volunteers
  • Communicating with the Environmental Education volunteers, insure they are prepared for programs
  • Presenting educational programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Following up with group leaders/survey, file hard copies of surveys
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs and systems

After-school programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with BOCES program coordinator
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Filing of all paperwork relative to program supplies
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Public Programs at the Preserve & Park and Tabling Events
  • Developing and reviewing seasonal schedule of public programs
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Putting together program flyer
  • Assisting with PR for programs
  • Putting all program information on Web Site
  • Taking reservations for programs if needed
  • Staffing tabling opportunities at community events
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Env. Ed. Volunteers
  • Collecting information from program participants for mailing list
  • Recording program attendance
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of presented programs

Visitor Center 

  • Developing interpretive displays
  • Staffing center during public hours
  • Keeping center stocked with brochures, maps and flyers

Conservation 

  • Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; seed collecting, lupine planting
  • Other studies:  e.g.: woodcock, Blanding’s turtle, amphibian watch, wetland study, bird survey
  • Creating a new conservation project

Recreation

  • Planning, preparation and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Ski and the Wildlife Festival
  • Helping with trail work days and with winter grooming

General

Hospitality

  • Greeting and communicating information to visitors
  • Answering the phone and checking the answering machine
  • Taking messages

Organizing materials and records

  • Keeping maps stocked at kiosks
  • Keeping flyers at kiosks up-to-date
  • Keeping educational supplies organized
  • Keeping intern computer files organized and up-to-date

Meeting participation

  • Attending board meetings
  • Attending volunteer meetings
  • Attending Education Committee Meetings/Conservation Committee Meetings

80 Scout Road

  • Helping to keep office public spaces clean and appealing
  • Keeping living spaces clean and organized (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom)
  • Shoveling sidewalk and entryways in the winter

The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that partners with the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and recreation.  The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is part of the geologically significant Saratoga Sandplains.  This area of ancient sand dunes, small but important wetlands and diverse ecological communities is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, the threatened frosted elfin, and the hognose snake, a species of special concern. While the Karner blue butterfly was the catalyst behind the effort to conserve this increasingly rare landscape in 1996, within just a few years of the establishment of the Preserve & Park, other extremely rare species, the eastern spadefoot toad and the Blanding’s turtle were discovered on its protected lands.  Today, over 2,400 acres protect significant habitats and more than 20 miles of trails provide a wonderfully fun, healthy, and educational resource for the community.  Educational programming and recreational opportunities are at the heart of the organization.  We provide a full range of educational programs for the public throughout the year and work with local schools, scout groups, and others to present programs at the Preserve & Park and off-site.  We have several special events during the year including our Winter Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe, our Spring Wildlife Festival, a 5k Fun Run series in the summer and an 8k snowshoe race in the winter.

 

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Environmental Ed job: Islandwoods Summer Programs Intern

Overview: Whether at our 255-acre outdoor learning center, or any of our off-site locations, IslandWood invites children and adults alike to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better. IslandWood operates traditional day camp programs for campers 4 year-olds through those entering 9th grade. Running from late June through mid-August, these experiences directly address IslandWood’s mission of inspiring lifelong learning and environmental and community stewardship.

Dates: June 20-August 4, 2017 (optional extension through August 11)

Position Summary:

Summer Programs Interns team with experienced field instructors to create, plan and provide a variety of educational programs for youth. Our programs are primarily day camps, with a couple specialty programs more focused on academics throughout the summer. All programs are united by a core framework that includes: embracing adventure, exploring concepts of stewardship, living and learning in community, and engaging with place.

Designed to mirror the experience of a camper, but over a longer period of time, this program provides valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building. Begin the summer by getting to know our forest on Bainbridge Island, then gradually work up to creating your own week-long day camp experience with the assistance of a mentor.

Strong applicants will be creative, flexible and dependable undergraduate with a sincere interest in education, science, art, sustainability, or a related field. Skills in education can translate well to many fields, so a variety of majors are encouraged to apply. Experience working with children in the outdoors is preferred. A strong work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with a team will assure success in this position.

Summer Programs Interns will gain valuable skills in experiential education and access to a network of like-minded professionals. Housing for the duration of the program is provided, as well as a food stipend. Our programs are primarily day camps, so at no point will any staff live with campers. College credit may be applied for through your school.

Qualifications:

  •   Undergraduate student working toward a four-year degree with a sincere interest in Environmental/Science/Multicultural Education, Environmental Science, or related field
  •   Some experience working with children and environmental education preferable
  •   Creative, flexible, and able to work closely with a Summer Programs Instructor
  •   Ability to work as a team member
  •   Strong work ethic, punctual, dependable, and ability to work long hours
  •   Excellent interpersonal skills with staff, children, and parents
  •   Must be able to comply with and maintain a smoke-free and drug-free work environment
  •   Current First Aid and CPR required by training start date (WFA desirable but not required)
  •   Must be at least 18 years-old

Compensation:

  •   Valuable skills in teaching, behavior management, reflection, and community building
  •   Housing for the duration of camps (afternoon of June 20 through noon on August 6, 2017)
  •   Food stipend at the beginning of the program
  •   Possible college credit approved by your school
  •   Valuable networking opportunities in the world of environmental & progressive education

    APPLICATIONS WILL BE REVIEWED MARCH 1-APRIL 1, 2017

    POSITIONS ARE OFFERED ON A ROLLING BASIS UNTIL ALL ARE FILLED HOW TO APPLY:

    Submit a cover letter, resume, internship application (below), including contact information for three current references to:

    employment@islandwood.org

    or

    Search for IslandWood Summer Programs Intern Attn: Community Education Manager IslandWood
    4450 Blakely Avenue NE

    Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

    IslandWood welcomes applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. We encourage diverse applicants because we believe that authentically reflecting the community we serve is critical to our ability to be culturally responsive.

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REU – water pollution & human-environment geographies

The LAKES (Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability) REU focuses on water quality and phosphorus mitigation in an interdisciplinary manner over an 8 week program (June 11-August 5), with projects this year in geography, economics, biology, anthropology, and sociology.  Students will be provided with room and board and a generous stipend during their participation in the LAKES program.

This program prioritizes students under-represented in the scientific community, pairing them with mentors in individual projects.  These collectively will contribute to a more complete understanding of the dynamic interactions of our land and water, our political economy, our social networks, our culture, and our sense of place.  We will start reviewing applications for the 2017 summer program on March 1st.  Complete program information can be found here: http://www.uwstout.edu/lakes/.

Questions can be directed to: lakes@uwstout.edu

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Internship – American Farmland Trust

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

  • American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land. Located in Saratoga Springs, AFT’s New York State office has been on the ground for over 20 years.

    The intern will work closely with the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network Coordinator in various capacities during his/her internship. The Hudson Valley Farmlink Network is a partnership of 15 organizations, coordinated by American Farmland Trust, offering the Hudson Valley Farmland Finder (HVFF) website, training and networking events, and one-on-one assistance for farmers and landowners. Duties may include curating new and existing profiles created on the HVFF website, adding events and resources to the website, providing assistance and outreach to farmers and farmland owners, assisting with social media communications and helping to coordinate logistics related to management of the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network.

    The intern may also be asked to assist with various other tasks in the New York State office as needed.

    This positon is paid hourly and requires the intern to work between 10-18 hours per week during the semester. Position is available summer 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018.  Ability to work multiple semesters highly favored.

    If interested in the above internship please email your resume and cover letter or any questions to Tammey Holtby at newyork@farmland.org.

    American Farmland Trust

    112 Spring Street, Suite 207, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 581-0078 www.farmland.org/newyork

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Summer Naturalist internship at the Wild Center

The Wild Center seeks highly motivated and organized Summer Naturalists to work with our programming staff at a world class not-for-profit natural history museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The mission of The Wild Center (TWC) is “To ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world.” Summer Naturalists will be trained to design and lead formal public programs and informal interpretive experiences to support our mission. Interns will have a dynamic day including a mixture of indoor and outdoor duties, such as canoe and stand up paddleboard trips, nature play, outdoor programs, Wild Walk shifts, Science on a Sphere, animal encounters, exhibit guiding, art studio shifts, and more.

Learning Experiences and Responsibilities

  • ●  Develop and implement interpretive programs for museum visitors of all ages, including outdoor experiences along the trails and on Wild Walk, natural history walks, behind the scenes tours, canoe and paddleboard trips, live animal encounters, and many more informal interpretive opportunities
  • ●  Learn how to utilize innovative technologies for advanced programming, such as Science on a Sphere
  • ●  Handle and interpret native animals including reptiles and amphibians
  • ●  Co-lead two hour interpretive canoe and stand up paddleboard programs for beginner paddlers on flat water
  • ●  Perform outdoor tasks such as hiking the grounds, organizing our outdoor play area, filling bird feeders, etc.
  • ●  Assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, opening and closing

    duties, exhibit guiding on the floor, and cleaning and maintaining our hands-on watercolor studio

  • ●  Create positive experiences for museum guests, such as, assisting with their needs and questions
  • ●  Attend and/or work evening programs and/or events as needed
  • ●  Collaborate with all departments, including Animal Care, Facilities, Development, Admissions, Volunteers, and more
  • ●  Other duties as assigned

    Qualifications

  • ●  Minimum 2 years (4 years preferred) completed at an accredited college or university in natural sciences, environmental education, natural history interpretation, or a related field
  • ●  Strong skills in communication, public speaking, customer service, writing, and computers. Skills in art, multimedia and graphic arts desired
  • ●  Must be available to work from May 21st through Labor day (end date flexible), including weekends and some evenings
  • ●  Prior knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Adirondack region and identification skills highly desired
  • ●  Comfort with handling captive animals, including reptiles and amphibians
  • ●  Experience on flat water, paddling tandem canoes or stand up paddleboards, and providing instruction highly preferred
  • ●  Previous teaching experience in a museum, nature center, park, or zoo setting preferred
  • ●  Must be able to lift over 50lbs and lead programs on uneven terrain in all weather conditions
  • ●  Valid driver’s license required

    Compensation and Benefits

  • ●  $250 weekly stipend (~40 hour work week)
  • ●  Shared, fully equipped housing in Tupper Lake, NY (does not include board)
  • ●  Interpretive Guide Certification from the National Association for Interpretation
  • ●  CPR and First Aid certification if necessary
  • ●  The opportunity to work in a LEED certified state of the art facility on a 81 acre site on the Raquette River featuring over

    50 species of live exhibit animals

  • ●  Develop a deeper knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the Adirondack Park
  • ●  Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program

    development and delivery

  • ●  Museum staff can work with you to gain college credit if desired (must be confirmed prior to hiring)

    Application Instructions

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information of 3 references (names, phone numbers, and email addresses) to Tawnya Kentile at tkentile@wildcenter.org with the exact subject line “2017 Summer Intern.” Attach all files as one PDF with your first and last name as the title. All materials will be accepted through 5:00 pm EST on February 10, 2017. We will not be able to respond to individual inquiries or phone calls. Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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REU: Coastal ocean processes

Are you looking for a summer research internship studying ocean, coastal or environmental science? I invite you to check out the University of Southern California’s Summer REU program. Undergraduate students in this summer program spend 10 weeks (June 5 – August 11, 2017) at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to conduct mentored summer research projects related to marine science. We select undergrads in many disciplines, including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, ecology, marine and environmental science or other related fields.

In particular, we encourage students from colleges and universities where access to marine science and to research opportunities is limited and who are from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math. We believe bringing together students from many disciplines, backgrounds and parts of the country makes for a more interesting and educational summer experience. We also offer research projects for students that have AAUS diver certification.

Please visit our website to find out more (http://dornsife.usc.edu/wrigley/reu/) or send an email to wies-reu@usc.edu if you have further questions.

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REU studying church forests in Ethiopia

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: REU SITE STUDYING ETHIOPIAN CHURCH FORESTS
Application deadline: February 15, 2017.
Website: http://www.colby.edu/reu-in-ethiopia/

We are now accepting applications for a Summer 2017 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and the California Academy of Sciences. This REU will provide eight American undergraduate students from diverse academic backgrounds an opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests. Church forests are patches of Afromontane forest surrounding Ethiopian Orthodox churches. Preserved for centuries by church leaders and communities as religious sanctuaries, church forests are, in many parts of Ethiopia, the only indigenous forests left.

Under the eight-week summer REU program students will receive training at Colby College (Maine, USA) in ecological field methods (stream ecology), social survey research, spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and written and oral communication. Working remotely with partners in Ethiopia students will collect and analyze original ecological, social and spatial data from church forests and surrounding communities, and work closely with faculty mentors to prepare presentations and manuscripts to be shared at a week-long workshop held on-site at the California Academy of Sciences.

Completed applications including 2 letters of recommendation are due by February 15th. The 2017 Summer REU Site program will run from June 12th – August 9th. All travel costs will be covered by NSF and the summer program includes a generous stipend. All participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. college or university at the time of the program (senior graduating in Spring 2017 are not eligible).

Details about the project and application instructions can be found at: http://www.colby.edu/reu-in-ethiopia/

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Part-time intern at flower farm

Native Farm Flowers is looking to hire a part-time intern starting this spring.  If you are interested, please contact Barbara Jefts at nativefarmflowers@gmail.com

Native Farm Flowers is a 5 acre farm dedicated to growing beautiful  perennial and annual flowers naturally and with the utmost care. We grow our flowers naturally using proven, age-old farming practices. My fields are host to many unusual and heirloom varieties of annual, perennial and woody perennial flowers. Grown mainly from seed, my flowers are harvested, conditioned and put in cold storage just days before they are sold. Our farming practices keep the environment and humans healthy and free of harmful chemicals.

Owned and operated for more than 29 years by Barbara Jefts, Native Farm is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, four short miles from Downtown Saratoga.

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Summer Residential Coordinator / Field Teaching Assistant

The Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station is now accepting applications for support staff for two sessions of its three-week high school summer ecology course, Wildlife Ecology Research. Two nine week positions (June 6-August 7, 2016) are available. Applicants must have completed a BA/BS degree, preferably in a science related field. Staff is responsible for providing student supervision before and after classes each day, overnight, and on occasional non-academic days. Additionally, staff is responsible for shopping for food; assisting students with meal planning and preparation; overseeing the completion of household duties; planning evening and non-academic day activities; and assisting students with assignments. Staff will also have the opportunity to act as a teaching assistant for field based classes, tutor students daily lectures, and teach their own field-based lesson if desired. Training and course preparation will begin June 6- prior to the start of the first session. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong interest and/or experience in field ecology and research, science education, science tutoring, outdoor trip leading/camp counselor, and cooking and meal planning for groups of 12

Course Description:

Wildlife Ecology Research is an intensive three week program where rising juniors and senior high school students learn basic ecological principles through hands-on research experience. Two sessions will run summer 2016 each consisting of 9-12 students who will live and work at the field station learning ecology and performing small group research projects. For more information about the program visit the Wildlife Ecology Research page

Residential Coordinator Responsibilities
Providing supervision for students before and after class each day, overnight, and non-academic days Assisting students in meal preparation and the completion of household duties Planning nightly and non-academic day activities

Field Teaching Assistant Responsibilities
Assisting students with assignments including synthesizing primary literature and the development and completion of independent research projects Acting as teaching assistant in the field for visiting guest lecturers Developing a field-based ecology lesson on a topic of interest


Duration: June 6-August 7, 2016 

Salary: $4500 – $5000 (based on applicant experience) plus room and board

Required Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a science related field
  • Group supervisory experience


Desirable Additional Qualifications:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Personal vehicle
  • Experience/interest in field biology and research
  • Experience/interest in science education
  • Previous experience as a summer camp counselor
  • Experience cooking and meal planning for groups of 12
  • Experience team building
  • Organizational skills
  • Natural history knowledge pertinent to New York/the Northeast

To apply
Applications considered until positions filled or Monday, May 2 whichever comes first
Assemble into a single PDF or WORD document and email to dawn@huyckpreserve.org with “Applicant’s Last Name WER RCTA” in the subject line: 

  1. A cover letter describing your interest and reason for applying as well as the skills you will bring to the position. As the position is both a residential coordinator and teaching assistant, applicants should feel free to elaborate on skills such as the ability to plan meals for large groups and include sample meal plans that accommodate vegetarians and people with allergies, in addition to information on research and teaching skills including ideas for field research projects or a lesson plan for a guest lecture geared towards high school students 
  2. A current CV/resume no more than 2 pages in length. 
  3. Two letters of reference. Submitted separately to the above email address.
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Paid Environmental Education and Conservation Intern

Wilton Wildlife Park and Preserve is hiring 2 education and conservation interns, to begin late summer/early fall. These are full-time, paid positions.

Position Summary
The major responsibilities of the intern are to develop and present indoor and outdoor environmental education programs for the general public, specific groups and elementary school classes. Secondary opportunities are (1) participation in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and (2) participation on trail work and support of the recreational programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship. Housing can be provided at no-cost at the Preserve & Park Office. Pay is minimum wage. A vehicle is required, but mileage for work-use is reimbursed at the market-rate.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

Environmental Education
On- and off-site education programs
• Developing and reviewing lesson plans
• Scheduling and communication with classroom teachers/group leaders
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Environmental Education Volunteers
• Participating in Training with Environmental Education volunteers
• Communicating with the Environmental Education volunteers, insure they are prepared for programs
• Presenting educational programs
• Recording program attendance
• Following up with group leaders/survey, file hard copies of surveys
• Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs and systems

After-school programs
• Developing and reviewing lesson plans
• Scheduling and communication with BOCES program coordinator
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Filing of all paperwork relative to program supplies
• Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs
• Recording program attendance
• Public Programs at the Preserve & Park and Tabling Events
• Developing and reviewing seasonal schedule of public programs
• Organizing and prepping all program supplies
• Putting together program flyer
• Assisting with PR for programs
• Putting all program information on Web Site
• Taking reservations for programs if needed
• Staffing tabling opportunities at community events
• Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Env. Ed. Volunteers
• Collecting information from program participants for mailing list
• Recording program attendance
• Maintaining up-to-date file of presented programs

Visitor Center
• Developing interpretive displays
• Staffing center during public hours
• Keeping center stocked with brochures, maps and flyers

Conservation
• Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; seed collecting, lupine planting
• Other studies: e.g.: woodcock, Blanding’s turtle, amphibian watch, wetland study, bird survey
• Creating a new conservation project

Recreation
• Planning, preparation and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Ski and the Wildlife Festival
• Helping with trail work days and with winter grooming

General

Hospitality
• Greeting and communicating information to visitors
• Answering the phone and checking the answering machine
• Taking messages

Organizing materials and records
• Keeping maps stocked at kiosks
• Keeping flyers at kiosks up-to-date
• Keeping educational supplies organized
• Keeping intern computer files organized and up-to-date

Meeting participation
• Attending board meetings
• Attending volunteer meetings
• Attending Education Committee Meetings/Conservation Committee Meetings

80 Scout Road
• Helping to keep office public spaces clean and appealing
• Keeping living spaces clean and organized (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom)
• Shoveling sidewalk and entryways in the winter

Interested? Please contact:
Margo Olson, Executive Director
mbolson@wiltonpreserve.org
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park
80 Scout Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831
518-450-0321
www.wiltonpreserve.org

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