Black Bear Educator- Intern: Orr, MN

American Bear Association
Orr, MN
Job Category
Stipend of $50/week may apply, all meals and housing provided
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Morning/afternoon jobs Picking up and/or unloading supplies, including 50-pound bags of seed and 35-pound bags of fruit and nuts. Heavy lifting is often a part of the job and is therefore required. Daily cleanup of feeding areas and scat removal Maintaining the property, including carpentry projects Planting, mulching, weed-eating, and other landscape improvement projects Preparing and distributing bear food mixtures Splitting firewood, road maintenance, and other miscellaneous tasks Maintain records on bear activity and behavior Photograph individual bears for records Bird count survey via MN annual berry study via the MN Department of Natural Resources Research projects are sometimes available upon request. If it is a requirement for your internship, an adviser must oversee the research project Cooking meals for staff and volunteers, and kitchen cleanup Write articles for our newsletter, Bear in Mind Prepare educational material for our followers on Facebook and Instagram and our email subscribers Jobs during evening/visitors’ hours include: Assisting with admission and parking cars Greeting visitors on their arrival Talking with the public and answering their questions Educating the public about black bears, ecology, behavior, practical environmental conservation, and land stewardship Preparing formal 3-8 minute deck talks that interpret bear behavior and debunk any myths and misconceptions our visitors may have regarding bears Execute a prepared 5-minute introductory bus talk on the history of the bears and Vince Shute Sale of souvenirs and educational materials in the gift shop and at our visitor center Promoting membership to the American Bear Association
We are looking for individuals that can stay for at LEAST a month between May 1st and October 1st. Since space is limited, those able to stay longer will be given preference. We are looking for interns that are available to start work on one of these dates; May 16th, May 19th, May 22nd, May 24th, June 4th or June 11th or June 18th. We can sometimes be flexible with dates. We are ALWAYS looking for people to stay August-October 1st as we become short-staffed as interns go back to school. We are looking for applicants who are: Flexible regarding changes in schedule and work tasks Comfortable being in close proximity to large wild animals such as bears Able to work closely and cooperatively with other interns, staff, and volunteers Able to work outside in temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 90s and in all weather conditions Willing to endure the many biting insects that inhabit Northern Minnesota during the summer Comfortable talking with the public about the untraditional nature of the VSWS. As a supplemental feeding site, with a 50-year history of feeding wild black bears, we often are controversial YOU MUST BE OVER 18 YRS OLD TO HOLD AN INTERN POSITION WITH ABA How do I apply? Fill in an Internship Application and email it to us. Applicants must also send; a resume, a letter of recommendation, and one reference. Alternatively call The American Bear Association office between the hours of 10:30 am and 5:00 pm CST, Tuesday-Friday, at 218-757-0172. We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2021 season. The application deadline for interns seeking to intern for May-July is May 1st, 2021. For those seeking to intern in August-October, the deadline is July 1st, 2021. Space is limited so APPLY EARLY!
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Steph Horner
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