Naturalist Intern – Missouri

Missouri Department of Conservation
Kirkwood, MO
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DUTIES: The intern and mentor will meet to discuss goals and objectives of the internship experience and solidify the schedule when the internship begins. The intern will then be responsible to a variety of MDC staff throughout the St. Louis Region in the completion of those tasks. Those staff members and the intern will keep the mentor updated on the intern's performance. In addition, the intern will keep a log of all experiences of the internship. This log should include a daily description of activities, including the intern's impressions and evaluations of the experience. When writing observation reports, the intern should note specifics of the observation and make recommendations that will not only assist the staff when reviewing them but will assist the intern in future similar situations. The log will be used by the mentor to determine which of the basic requirements and general experiences have been met. The intern will become familiar with Department programs and other materials that will readily equip the intern with an understanding of offerings and facilities. The mentor and other staff will take the intern to conservation areas within the region. These will include, but are not limited to, August A. Busch Conservation Area, Rockwoods Reservation, Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, and Jay Henges Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. The intern will assist naturalists as assigned (most of the internship period will be spent with the naturalists in hands-on program experiences). The intern will plan, schedule, and implement at least one interpretive program. The intern will be a part of the interpretive program which will include program set-up, implementation, and evaluation. The interpretive naturalist intern will assist with planning and conducting interpretive programs for all ages including, but not limited to schools, Scouts, civic groups, and general audiences on conservation and natural history subjects. The intern will assist with exhibits around the nature center as well as assist with the care of live reptiles, amphibians, spiders, and fish. The intern will answer natural history and urban wildlife questions from the general public, provide general customer service at the front desk and gift shop, and perform other duties as required. The intern will spend a minimum of five hours shadowing each of the following: urban forester, fisheries biologist, conservation educator, urban wildlife biologist, conservation agent, and/or other areas that are of interest to the intern as time allows.
QUALIFICATIONS: At the undergraduate level the emphasis is on recruitment, career exploration, and introducing top performing students to MDC. Students are eligible for the program when they meet the following criteria: Undergraduate student at an accredited university/college in good standing. Students who will be graduating before the internship begins are not eligible. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher on 4.0 scale is desirable. Preference will be given to students who have completed at least 45 credit hours. A degree or course work in Biological Sciences, Conservation, Forestry, Fisheries, Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, or closely related subjects is preferred. A background and/or interest in biology and natural resources is also desirable. SPECIAL ABLILTY REQUIREMENTS: Experience with public speaking, either through classroom or general public speaking is helpful, but not required. Applicant should be able to work well with others, and able to interact with the public. Applicant should be willing and able to perform physical labor and have flexibility in his/her work schedule. Ability to: Work outside in adverse weather conditions and perform tasks requiring strenuous physical activity. Demonstrate regular and predictable attendance. Obtain a current, valid driver license by the date of employment. Work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays when needed. Keep an accurate record of supplies, services, and time reports. Exemption Status/Special Notes This position has been determined to be Nonexempt according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Employees must agree to accept compensatory time in lieu of cash payments in accordance with the Department's Compensatory Time Off and Overtime Policy. MDC promotes a Tobacco-Free (smoke and smokeless) working environment. The Department of Conservation will only hire United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States. All new employees will be required to complete an "Employment Eligibility Verification" (Form I-9) and produce requested documentation after employment. Candidates seeking initial employment or re-employment must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment. All persons employed with the state of Missouri shall file all state income tax forms and pay all state income taxes owed.
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