Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is seeking a full-time seasonal intern to support environmental education programs for youth and the public within our 13,000 acre Sanctuary and the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. The Education Intern will spend approximately 3 days per week teaching elementary school students on their Sanctuary field trip and the other two days on public education efforts such as tours or presentations, both on and offsite. Administrative and customer service work is also part of the job description, with valuable skills gained in organizing and delivering conservation focused education. The position is full-time from November 6, 2017 through May 4, 2018 and pays $8.10 per hour with onsite housing provided. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Apply online at https://careers-audubon.icims.com/jobs/3347/education-intern/job.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a 13,000-acre nonprofit nature preserve and education center in Collier County, Florida. It is considered the “crown jewel” in the network of National Audubon Society nature centers. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary hosts 100,000 visitors annually and has over 1,100 members. Visitors to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary find a gentle, pristine wilderness that dates back more than 5,000 years. A 2.25-mile boardwalk meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America: the home to hundreds of alligators, otters, deer, turtles, wading birds, songbirds, and raptors. Corkscrew’s mission is to protect the natural resources of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, its surrounding watershed, and the Western Everglades, and influence Everglades restoration; for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people; through land management, science, education, restoration, and public policy advocacy.
• Be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an institution of higher learning, pursuing a degree in environmental education, communications, natural sciences or a related field;
• Excel in interpersonal communications and interpersonal skills while maintaining a team-focused attitude;
• Possess a basic understanding of ecology and a desire to learn about conservation;
• Demonstrate the ability to exercise sound judgment and adaptability to changing work conditions;
• Possess a valid driver’s license;
• Commit to the full duration of the internship (November 2016 - May 2017);
• Be self-directed and demonstrate initiative once trained and prepared for programs and events;
• Ability to work long hours out-of-doors in the field in sub-tropical wetland environments, exposed to harsh South Florida environment (sun, biting insects, severe summer storms);
• Ability to stand for eight hours in the Visitor Center or at an event, while maintaining a smile and positive attitude, while speaking to the public in a courteous manner; and
• Ability to carry tables, chairs, cases of drinks and other heavy items of approximately 40 pounds over short distances.