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Position Summary:

Flight Crew Members are part of a conservation-focused job corps for young adults and will receive 7-weeks of paid, hands-on work experience in wildlife conservation, recreation, and environmental education.

The Flight Crew Team Lead will assist in the implementation of Flight Crew, a paid summer job for teens, which combines exposure to environmental careers as well as experience facilitating environmental education in a summer camp setting. For the first several weeks of Flight Crew 2024, Crew interns will receive training in water conservation, wildlife conservation, and land restoration and will participate in local conservation projects. Interns will network with environmental organization professionals and explore career opportunities. In addition, interns will utilize the conservation knowledge gained to learn how to facilitate environmental education programs. This will allow Crew Members to become stewards of tomorrow by educating others about conservation issues in our region.

During the second part of the summer, Flight Crew will transition into a role serving as camp counselors for Little Creek Summer Camp (LCSC). Interns will utilize their experiences and training to facilitate outdoor education programs to youth ranging from 3rd to 5th grade in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Crew Members will enthusiastically help campers develop their outdoor skills through activities like turtle tracking, archery, campfire cooking, canoeing, nature hikes, and more. Working in small group settings, the interns will serve as a positive role model, have a genuine interest in the campers, foster the campers’ curiosity of nature and the outdoors, and create fond and lasting memories of a real summer camp experience.


$15.00 / hour

Essential Functions:
  • Supporting Crew members and attending scheduled trainings
  • Lead team check-ins with groups
  • Assist in program schedule and development of weekly activities
  • Develop training materials: general work skills & conservation focus
  • Facilitate leadership and team building initiatives with Crew Members
  • Collect & evaluate completed work assignments & share feedback with FC team
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Support the daily operations of Little Creek Summer Camp
  • Work independently and as a team
  • Show a genuine interest in learning conservation issues in our region
  • Participate in new and ongoing conservation projects
  • Work as a team with other Crew Members to practice facilitating environmental education lessons
  • Show an interest in exploring possible environmental careers
  • Assist in managing small groups of campers during programs and activities
  • Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities
  • Assist in managing the Little Creek Summer Camp field trip
  • Serve as a positive role model for all crew members and campers
  • Show a genuine interest in campers and help encourage each camper’s success while at camp
  • Ensure that campers are safe and feel included
  • Encourage respect for the camp, supplies, and equipment
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Must be a recent graduate from high school or college student
  • Enjoy working with kids
  • Like being in the outdoors,
  • Ability to work as a member of a team as a leader
  • Ability to stay positive and encouraging to crew members who may be apprehensive or nervous about a particular activity
  • Must have physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities, which include, but are not limited to, hiking, canoeing, team building initiatives, building campfires, physical games, and activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Must be able to put campers first above their own needs/wants
  • Must be reliable, punctual, and organized
  • Maintain a positive, focused, and enthusiastic attitude
  • Must be able to provide own transportation to Little Creek Nature Area and The Audubon Center at Riverlands
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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