The Wild Center (TWC) seeks Summer Naturalists to work with our dynamic education staff at a world class museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The Canoe Guides will coordinate, plan, and maintain TWC’s daily canoe program, including creating and providing interpretive programs on the Raquette River, and managing logistics, equipment, and registration. Additional daily naturalist responsibilities include assisting staff with daily operations, development and delivery of non-canoeing education programs, attendance at occasional evening programs, and other duties that provide exposure to all aspects of the museum.
• Canoeing/Paddling experience, comfort on water and strong swimming ability is required
• Knowledge of canoe instruction, technique and safety required
• Current certifications or the ability to become certified required for: WFA or WFR, Water Safety Certification, and NYS Licensed Guide
• 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 and customer service skills and have a passion to work in a fast-paced museum setting
• Ability to lift over 50 lbs and lead naturalist hikes on uneven terrain and canoe trips in all weather conditions
• Strong skills in public speaking, writing, and computers. Skills in multimedia and graphic arts desired
• Flexible work schedule: weekends, some evenings and long days are required
• Experience or interest in working with innovative teaching technologies helpful, ie. Science on a Sphere
• Knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Adirondack region and bird identification skills highly desired
• Comfort with handling captive animals, including snakes, frogs, turtles and possibly raptors
• Previous teaching experience in a museum, nature center, park or zoo setting highly preferred
• Must have valid driver’s license.
• Must be available to work from May 19th through September 1st.
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
• Develop valuable skills as an interpreter and a deeper knowledge of the Adirondack Park
• Interpretive Guide Certification from the National Association for Interpretation
• Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program development/delivery
• CPR, First Aid, Water Safety, and New York State Licensed Guide certifications provided (if not already acquired)
• Museum staff will 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 Museum'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 Canoe Intern.” Applications must be received no later than February 14, 2014.
45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, New York 12986