Education Intern

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Audubon

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Burlington, VT, United States

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30+ days ago

Overview:
The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:
For those interested in environmental education, Audubon Vermont provides students and recent graduates with a paid internship. The Intern will have an opportunity to gain practical experience, teaching students (ages from preschool through high school) while working directly with GMAC’s team of professional Teacher/Naturalists. The work will include some or all of the following programs:
  • Field trips and outreach programs comprise the core of our education programs. We work with local schools, day camps, and community organizations to provide outdoor education to their members and students.
  • Preschool-age students visit for 1-2 hours programs including Snug in the Snow, Tricky Tracks, Wilderness Skills, and Maple Sugaring.
  • Elementary and Middle school students visit for 2- or 4-hour programs including Secret Lives of Trees, All About Birds, Wilderness Skills, Insect Investigations, Wetlands and Watersheds, Winter Tracks and Signs, and Maple Sugaring
  • Forest Preschool: We invite preschoolers (ages 3-5) to spend Friday & Monday mornings in the woods, at our Forest Camp. Seasonal changes guide our weekly theme and activities, with plenty of sensory exploration and free play time. (This program runs Sept-May)
  • Public Programs: We offer programs on various seasonal topics throughout the year for adults and youth. Interns will have the opportunity to host their own program.
  • Virtual programs and webinars: During the COVID pandemic the Audubon Vermont team began offering presentations and webinars, including an intern-driven and organized series called "Tough Conversations." Our education interns will have the opportunity to work together with Policy Interns to plan and organize another Tough Conversations.

All seasonal interns will gain experience and/or knowledge in:
  • Local natural history, teaching and public speaking expertise, program planning experience, and research skills.
  • Leading and co-leading small groups of students through seasonal programs.
  • Developing lesson plans and curricula for an outdoor setting.
  • Connecting kids with nature through the arts of questioning, storytelling, and role-modeling interest and empathy towards all living things.

Schedule: The programs occur Monday through Friday during the school day (8am-3pm). Interns must be able to commit to 14-20 hours per week, Monday-Friday, and must be available to teach on those days between 8am and 3pm. With the exception of afterschool, most programs start at 9am so Interns should expect to arrive at Audubon around 8am on mornings they are teaching. There is an opportunity for occasional weekend events or evenings afterschool to 5:30pm. Candidates must have reliable transportation to/from the Green Mountain Audubon Center.

Each intern will work with the Education Manager to develop a customized teaching schedule and semester-long project, based on your individual learning goals.

Compensation:
  • $14.00/hour
Essential Functions:
  • Working closely with staff to effectively develop and deliver programs in-line with GMAC operations.
  • Creating and maintaining nature and environmental education materials for on-and off-site use.
  • Assisting with the design and maintenance of age-appropriate indoor and outdoor classroom spaces.
  • Lead age-appropriate education programs.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an environmental or education program.
  • Have taken courses that focus on conservation, environmental education, biology, natural history, or a related major.
  • Have previous experience in outdoor education.
  • Interest in connecting people to nature and developing your own natural history, conservation, and nature mentoring skills.
  • Desire to teach nature-based programming in an outdoor setting, in all weather.
  • Interest in pedagogy, curriculum development, and lesson planning.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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COVID Policy:
All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.