The Wild Center seeks Seasonal Naturalists to work with our dynamic education staff at a world class museum in the heart of Adirondack Park. The majority of the responsibilities for this position will be to work on the Northern New York Maple Project. Work entails learning the art and science of maple sugaring from tree to table, developing and presenting at community workshops and events, presenting public programs and working with schools. In addition, Seasonal Naturalist Interns will have the responsibility of leading experiences in natural history interpretation, experiential education, school programs, and developing interpretive programming for a diverse audience. Interns will assist staff with daily operations, developing educational materials and exhibits, attendance at occasional evening programs, and other duties that will provide exposure to all aspects of a museum.
• Minimum 2 years completed at an accredited college or university in natural sciences, environmental education, natural history interpretation, or a related field.
• Must be a highly motivated and organized individual with excellent communication skills and customer service skills and have a passion to work in a fast-paced museum setting.
• Must be able to lift over 50 lbs, and hike/snowshoe on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
• Previous teaching experience with all ages, including K-12 students, in a museum, nature center, park or zoo setting strongly desired. Knowledge of Adirondack flora and fauna desired.
• Knowledge/interest in sustainable agriculture and carpentry skills extremely helpful.
• Flexible work schedule- weekends, some evenings and long days are required.
• Must be available to work from January 3rd through April 30th.
• Experience or interest in working with innovative teaching technologies helpful, specifically graphic design, Science on a Sphere, distance learning, and theater equipment.
• Strong desire to learn about NYS Maple Industry, maple sugaring and work in partnership with other organizations.
• Skills or experience in event planning desired.
• Must have valid driver’s license; comfort/experience driving trucks (F350) preferred
Compensation and Benefits
• $250 per week stipend (~ 40 hours work per week) + Housing
• The opportunity to work in a new 35,000 square foot museum on a 31 acre site on the Raquette River featuring over 70 species of live exhibit animals and silver LEED certification for green building design and sustainability initiatives in the Adirondack Park
• Professional development on the science of maple sugaring and industry techniques, including participation in NYS maple conference and workshops
• Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program development/delivery and Adirondack ecology
• CPR and First Aid certification if necessary
• Museum staff can work with you to gain college credit if desired
About The Wild Center
Located in the heart of a six million-acre state park in northern New York, the mission of The Wild Center is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. The Wild Center’s unique approach to environmental education is multidisciplinary, experiential, and builds learning through exhibits and interpretive programs.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter and the contact information of three references to Sally Gross at email@example.com. Use the subject line 2014 Maple Intern. Applications must be received no later than November 14, 2013.
45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, New York 12986