RiverVision Education Intern
The Audubon Center at Riverlands is looking for an education intern to facilitate the RiverVision Leadership Project.
The RiverVision Leadership Project takes an interdisciplinary approach to increasing middle and high school students’ knowledge of the Mississippi River and its watershed. This program exposes them to a variety of water stewardship and water resource sustainability issues that impact the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The goals of the RiverVision Leadership Project are for students to understand the complexity of issues that surround stewardship of America’s great rivers; to understand how effective leadership can result in positive environmental change; to hone their own leadership skills; and to think through issues to arrive at potential working solutions. Specifically, the RiverVision Leadership Project:
- Combines environmental studies with other disciplines as a means of engaging students in science and conservation.
- Provides hands-on, experiential activities in the field that can foster a sense of wonder and personal connection to nature.
- Exposes students to a broad range of water stewardship and professionals in the field of conservation, science and outdoor recreation.
This internship position is a six month position and runs July through December. Closing date when filled. Work week is typically Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm, although hours may vary slightly. Some evening and/or weekend hours as needed. This is a paid internship. Housing is not provided for this position.
The RiverVision Education Intern works under the guidance of the Environmental Education Manager, however, the entire staff from Audubon and the Army Corps of Engineers is available to interns for special interest sessions, guidance, and assistance.
Primary responsibilities of the RiverVision Education Intern include implementing and improving upon the RiverVision Leadership Project and helping to grow and expand the program. RiverVision consists of classroom programs and onsite field trip programs. The intern would work to create new programs and improve upon the existing ones. Existing programs range from fish seining, macroinvertebrate study, chemical water quality study, conservation challenges, etc. The RiverVision Education Intern will also be responsible for conducting program evaluation and will work with our Education Specialist on this aspect of the program.
The RiverVision Education Intern is expected to help with other aspects of the, such as helping with special events, answering requests for information from the public, answering the telephone, running the Nature Store, assisting with outreach and helping with many other facets of a Center's day to day operation.
Completion of at least two years of college coursework in environmental sciences, life sciences, biology, ecology, or education. Some teaching experience and/or curriculum development is necessary. Interns must be confident in leading a group and initiating activities, working independently and team teaching. Someone with experience and knowledge about the north city and county communities is preferred. The most important assets are a strong work ethic, self-motivation, on-going enthusiasm, commitment, flexibility, a desire to learn, and the ability to work well with others and with students.
Candidate should also possess the ability to walk on uneven terrain, and must be able to sit, stand, grasp, lift, carry, walk, push, reach, climb and pull for short and extended periods of time.
The Audubon Center at Riverlands is always looking for energetic and passionate volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us go here.