Crow’s Nest Preserve Internship in Environmental Education and Land Stewardship
Internship Period: September 15, 2013 through August 15, 2014
Crow’s Nest Preserve is made up of 600 acres of protected lands along French Creek. It is part of a network of nature preserves owned and managed by Natural Lands Trust in the greater Philadelphia area. The preserve is both a showcase of responsible management practices for natural areas and a place where the public can connect with the natural world. The preserve hosts a variety of educational programs, including after-school programs, a teen service program, and a summer camp. For more information about Crow’s Nest Preserve and Natural Lands Trust, visit www.natlands.org.
The intern will work with the preserve manager and the educator to plan and run these educational programs and assist in performing land stewardship tasks. In this position, the intern will gain experience in a variety of semi-structured and informal educational techniques, as well as have the opportunity to learn about the workings of a land trust, become familiar with local flora, and gain experience in land stewardship techniques. This is a hands-on position with training provided. If the internship is being completed for academic credit, Natural Lands Trust will work with the intern and the school to ensure that academic requirements are met.
The Intern will assist the Educator and other instructors with all aspects of the education programs including, planning, leading, setting and cleaning up experiential activities. He or She will assist the Preserve Manager to remove invasive plants, mow lawns and trails, maintain native plant gardens, and to restore natural areas and hedgerows when education programs are not in session. Tools used in the course of the work include: power string trimmers, brushcutters, hand and power saws, pruners, lawnmower, truck and tractor.
At a minimum, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Excel at working with children
- Strong affinity for the environment and outdoor activities
- First Aid and CPR and lifeguard training is a plus
- Able to work 37.5 hours per week. Generally this time falls during the traditional workweek, however some weekend hours will be required.
- Must be available to work all of the scheduled weeks of summer camp. (Camp will begin the week of June 23, and run through the week of August 1, excluding the week of June 30.)
- Maintain a valid driver’s license
- Successfully pass a background check for working with kids
- Must be able to walk, stand, bend and squat on uneven terrain; must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds and push up to 50 pounds
- Must be prepared to work outdoors under all conditions, including heat, cold, and with occasional exposure to poison ivy, biting and stinging insects, etc.
- Monthly stipend of $1,200
- Free furnished housing adjacent to the preserve (must pay utilities)
- Send your resume and letter of interest to Jeni Albany, Human Resources Manager by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Jeni Albany, Human Resources Manager