Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children’s book series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, NH, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys’ legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. The Rey Center has the following internship opportunity available this upcoming summer.
Education Program Intern
Seasonal, Stipend Position
The Program Intern will staff and deliver art, science, and nature education programs for both public and private groups. Programs include but are not limited to topics in the arts, astronomy, nature, and environmental science. Staff deliver entertaining, interactive, non-formal educational programming in a variety of formats and to an array of audiences, including adults, families, and children of all ages. Additionally, the Program Intern will host the visitor center and participate in summer fundraising events.
To gain direct, hands-on experience in the implementation of informal education programs in the arts and sciences for public and organized school and camp groups, including, adults, families, and children. This internship is intended for the individual who has an interest in non-formal education and the operations of a nonprofit art and science education center. The internship will help bridge the gap between theory and practical experience. This internship allows the student to observe and be mentored by experienced informal science educators and provide an opportunity to develop and implement their own non-formal education program(s) as the summer progresses. The intern may also acquire new skills in customer service, project management, and interpersonal communications.
Specific Program Responsibilities:
· Assist in the preparation of program outlines, activities, and material
· Assist in the delivery and implementation of programs
· Provide a friendly, safe, and welcoming atmosphere for program participants
· For outdoor programs: maintain awareness of relevant safety issues related to participant well-being (e.g. proper clothing, weather conditions) and ensure adequate first aid and safety equipment is carried by trip personnel at all times.
· Host the Visitor Center, welcoming visitors in an engaging and personable manner; share Rey Center program offerings, history, and local information; perform host functions, such as the processing of sales, program registration, care for live critters, and leading story time hour
· Provide event support, including event staffing, program delivery (e.g. nature walk station host), and general logistical support (e.g. event set-up)
· Other duties as assigned
· College graduate of or currently enrolled in a natural science or environmental interpretation/education/
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Creativity, flexibility, organizational skills, & ability to complete tasks in a timely manner
· Curiosity, willingness to try new things, and sincere desire to learn
· Willingness to work evening and weekend hours essential
· Ability to hike over moderate terrain while carrying a backpack
· Familiarity with natural history of the Northeast helpful
· Exhibit a professional demeanor, and positive attitude toward Rey Center members, staff, visitors, volunteers, donors and members of the community
· Be aware of the Rey Center’s mission, goals, history and programs and exhibit a willingness to promote and communicate these
· Ability to get along comfortably with a broad range of ages from tots to experienced professionals
· Exhibit a willingness to work extended hours when necessary
· Exhibit behavior and choices that are reflective of the Rey Center’s mission, and values, in terms of fellowship, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility
Direct Supervisor – Education Coordinator
The Education Coordinator (EC) oversees the development, implementation, and delivery of all non-formal education programs for the Rey Center. The EC is also the Volunteer Coordinator.
This is 40 hour per week internship commencing on June 24, 2014 and ending on August 24, 2014. There is some flexibility around the start and end date. Interns will be required to work Saturdays, some Sundays, and some evenings.
Compensation includes a $1,000 stipend and shared lodging.
The intern will also receive a one-year complimentary membership to the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.
How to Apply
Send a letter of interest and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PO Box 286
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire 03215