The Wild Center seeks Summer Naturalists to work with our dynamic education staff at a world class museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Summer 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. In addition to teaching, Interns will assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, 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 lead naturalist hikes on uneven terrain 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.
• Must be available to work from May 19th through September 1st.
• Experience or interest in working with innovative teaching technologies helpful, specifically graphic design, Science on a Sphere, distance learning, and theater equipment.
• 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
• Art knowledge and experience and/or interest desired to assist with new art installation
• Experience paddling tandem canoes, comfort on the calm water, and providing instruction highly preferred
• Previous teaching experience in a museum, nature center, park or zoo setting highly preferred
• Must have valid driver's license.