Visitor Service Intern at J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR- Sanibel, Florida

Agency
J. N.
Location
Sanibel, Florida
Job Category
Internships
Salary
$206 per week
Start Date
08/01/2021
Last Date to Apply
06/12/2021
Website
https://www.fws.gov/refuge/JN_Ding_Darling/
Description
This is a temporary position, August 2021- May 2022, though start and end dates are flexible for the right candidate. Working an estimated 40 hours per week. The intern will be directly supervised by supervisory refuge ranger. The work week will include at least one weekend day and some evenings. The job announcement will remain open until the positions are filled. HOUSING & COMPENSATION Housing for the intern, including free Wi-Fi and cable, is provided on the grounds of the refuge at no cost to the intern. Interns receive a stipend of $206 a week. With a one time travel reimbursement of $150. Uniform shirts provided, but khaki pants and closed toed shoes must be provided by the intern. In addition, the intern will benefit greatly from being a part of our program with an average of seven to ten interns in the areas of biology, education, visitor services, and non-profit administration. The Refuge welcomes over one million annual visitors from around the world each year, so interns gain a broad base of experience as they apply for future positions. The intern will also have opportunities for networking with others in conservation-related fields. Description The duties assigned to the successful applicant would be wide-ranging and should prepare the applicant for a future career in visitor services or recreation. Assigned duties may include: • Opening and closing the Visitor Center • Developing and presenting programs for refuge visitors and school groups (e.g., nature walks, auto tours and environmental education programs) • Working on special interpretive projects (e.g., brochures, news articles, exhibits, signs, the website, producing short videos about the refuge and its habitats/wildlife/plants etc.) • Assist in planning, organizing and conducting special events onsite • Staffing the Visitor Center, including greeting and providing information to visitors • Assisting volunteers • Cleaning/maintenance of the Visitor Center, exhibits, grounds, and vehicles • Developing content for the refuge Facebook account • Assist in administrative duties in the office such as answering phones, answering questions, ordering office supplies, etc. • Assisting with other responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications
Recent undergraduate or graduate students in the field of science or education · Related fields may also be considered · Attention to detail · Capable of performing diverse tasks simultaneously · Ability to problem solve in the field · High level of professionalism · Effective interpersonal skills and a cordial attitude · Costumer service skills are a must! Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Successful applicants should: • Be energetic and responsible • Schedule flexibility • Well organized • Be able to work independently and in small groups with a variety of personalities • Public speaking and group management skills • Experience in leading programs/tours and working with the public is desired • Excellent verbal and writing skills • Knowledgeable in natural history, biology, bird identification et or a willingness to learn • Creative and artistic abilities such as photography, Canva, computer graphics, website experience, video production, etc. should be noted in your resume • Bilingual is preferred • A valid driver's license (required) To apply submit: submit a resume (up to two pages in length), cover letter, and 3 professional references to toni_westland@fws.gov If you have questions call 239-472-1100 ext. 237
Contact Person
Toni Westland
Contact Phone
239-472-1100 ext. 237
Contact eMail
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