Community Outreach Intern: National Loon Center, Minnesota

National Loon Center
Crosslake, MN
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The National Loon Center is seeking an undergraduate intern for the summer of 2023. Enjoy a summer working in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area and connecting with lake goers about an iconic, northern species, the common loon. We welcome interested candidates that are currently enrolled or recently graduated (start date must be within two weeks of the graduation date) to apply. The intern will primarily assist with outreach and program support. The intern may also assist with day-to-day operations at the informational center, The Nest. Responsibilities: Assist with planning and delivering outreach programs and presentations to schools, lake associations, summer camps, environmental clubs, and other community groups. Lead on-the-water outreach programs aboard the educational pontoon, the StewardShip, that teach the public about common loon biology and freshwater conservation. Engage and educate visitors to The Nest. Assist with creating and managing content for social media, online newsletter, website, and blog. Engage NLC volunteers in outreach activities and events. Lead community science efforts including eBird, iNaturalist, and other national partnerships. Develop educational materials such as brochures, fact sheets, signage, etc. Take water clarity measurements and record data at stream sites on the Pine River. Produce video segments for social media, website, and The Nest. Candidates must be able to commute reliably or relocate before beginning employment. This position requires exclusively on-site work. Housing is not provided. A valid driver’s license and vehicle is required. Travel to events and programs will be reimbursed at the federal mileage reimbursement rate.
Candidates will ideally be enrolled in a degree program involving communications, environmental sciences, ecology, biological sciences, or a related field. We will consider applicants from a variety of disciplines, provided that the applicant has a passion for common loons and preserving its freshwater habitat. Qualifications: Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or recently graduated. Some prior knowledge of loons and lakes. Passion for wildlife and conservation efforts. Experience or willingness to learn media communication strategies. Experience with public speaking and leading presentations. Effectively able to communicate to both children and adults. The summer 2023 internship begins as early as May 15, 2023 and runs until August 25, 2023. Start and end dates are flexible. This is a paid internship with compensation of $14/hour. This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, though there are frequently weekend events and/or programs. A candidate with Saturday availability may be preferred, which will be offset by corresponding time off Monday-Friday. Please email your cover letter, resume and two professional references as a single PDF document to with the subject line: "Community Outreach Intern.”
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