Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center for the protection of migratory birds. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species. Located less than an hour east of Orlando and less than an hour south of Daytona, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge sees over one million people annually.
Education Intern will work Monday through Friday with Tuesday/Thursdays for field trips coming to the refuge, with Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for classroom visits.
- Standard Environmental Education Programming: Implement environmental education programming to a wide range of students. Intern will be responsible for facilitating several environmental education programs both on-site and off-site at schools. Intern will eventually lead the groups along with a staff of volunteers to meet Sunshine State and Common Core Standards set for each program. Programs include Habitat Helper workshops, Florida Scrub Ecosystem Investigations, seining in brackish water, and an AP Environmental Science Introduction to Field Studies Citizen Science course.
- Make Way for Ducklings: Organize and implement the Make Way for Ducklings classroom visit talks to collect entries for the Florida Junior Duck Stamp competition at local elementary schools.
- Additional Opportunities: Assist in social media development and additional outreach if interested. Assist biologist and other staff if interested as available.
Compensation: This internship position is designed to provide a first-hand workplace experience. Chosen intern will receive $150/week via the Merritt Island Wildlife Association as reimbursement for work from early spring through May. Dates may be flexible. Housing will be provided on-site in a shared bunkhouse. Laundry facilities are also available.
Completed or working towards a bachelor's degree in related field with interest in environmental education.