This a 10-month internship beginning Feb 1, 2019 and ending December 1, 2019. The Conservation Educator (CE) will work with WWF Directors, and immediately under the supervision of the Conservation Education Program Coordinator (CE Coordinator), to design, coordinate and teach K-12 education programs (both on- and off-site) and assist the Directors and CE Coordinator with preparation and implementation of other programming, field trips, workshops, symposia, and operations of the foundation. This person will be the point of contact for K-12 groups (or other groups as assigned) when they arrive and depart the Refuge. This person will be responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and leading K-12 conservation education programs and public tours, as well as assisting with the curation of the natural history collections. The Conservation Educator will also have duties related to maintenance of the natural history collections, classrooms, education storage room, vehicles, native plant gardens, etc. as assigned. The CE will also assist with development of materials for the Foundation’s social media and occasionally be involved with various ongoing research projects on the Welder Refuge.
• have a B.S. in wildlife or range ecology or other closely related natural resource management fields,
• be willing to live onsite at the Welder Wildlife Refuge
• be willing and physically able to work in an extreme climate and on a flexible schedule, on average 40 hours/week with some nights and weekends,
• be responsible for all K-12 groups and any duties or programs assigned by the Program Coordinator or Directors,
• be a mature, energetic, and motivated self-starter, and able to work independently since this position will not always have direct supervision,
• demonstrate excellent written, verbal, and basic computer skills,
• enjoy and have the ability to work cooperatively with people (including WWF staff, volunteers, graduate students, visiting professors/researchers, K-12 students, teachers, and the public), and understand this is the one of the main priorities of this position,
• be familiar with, or willing to learn, common south Texas plants, game and non-game animals, including birds, mammals, and herps,
• be familiar with and be able to interpret for visitors management techniques such as hunting, rotational grazing, prescribed fire, etc., in a positive manner,
• be willing to travel regionally and occasionally state-wide for outreach programs and conferences,
• be in good physical condition and willing to work in extreme field conditions, including high temperatures and humidity and periodic episodes of parasite outbreaks (mosquitoes, ticks, etc.),
• be able to work and navigate independently, by vehicle and on foot, over the Foundation’s 7,800-acre Refuge.
Ideal candidates will have excellent written and interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic, and a sincere interest in conservation education and working with people.
How to Apply:
Create a single digital file (.doc or .pdf), containing the following components: 1) Cover letter demonstrating how you meet the Qualifications and Abilities outlined above; 2) Resume detailing previous experience relevant to the position described above 3) three letters of recommendation including their name, email address, phone number, and relationship; 4) undergraduate transcripts. E-mail materials in 1 single attachment to Angie Arredondo at: firstname.lastname@example.org