Environmental Education Internship
Position Summary: The Riveredge Nature Center Environmental Education Internship is a unique opportunity for a person just entering the environmental education field who is willing to learn and work with a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. The Intern will work with Riveredge educational staff to assist with Riveredge School Programs. Depending on the goals of the selected Intern, she/he may also assist, observe, and lead Youth and Family Programs as well as Adult Programs. If the Intern chooses to take college and university credit with this program, Riveredge staff will work with him/her to fulfill requirements when applicable.
Reports to: Riveredge Education Staff
Hours: This is a volunteer, flexible, position. On average, the Intern will agree to work 12 hours per week. While most hours will take place during the Monday-Friday workweek, some weekend and evening hours may be included.
- Observe, assist with and teach inquiry-based environmental education programs for school-aged children.
- Assist with and teach other Youth and Family environmental education programs during evenings and weekends.
- Assist with preparation and delivery of Nature Journeys Summer Camp programs.
- Teach Summer Day Adventure programs.
- Assist in staffing the Visitor Center on occasional weekends.
- Assist with special education events such as the Maple Sugarin’ Open House and Summer Camp Party.
- Assist in maintaining educational equipment for Youth and Family programs.
- Help maintain the Organic Garden.
- Other duties as assigned.
*Opportunities vary in accordance with Intern’s goals and the time of year the Internship takes place. In addition to the training inherent in observing, assisting with and teaching Riveredge Environmental Education Programs, Riveredge provides 10 full-day monthly continuing education opportunities for all Interns and Teacher Naturalist Volunteers. These training days provide hands-on opportunities to explore the 378-acre preserve and gain a better understanding of natural history, environmental science concepts, as well as methods for fostering learner-centered education that is inclusive, flexible and responsive.