Internship Opportunity: Environmental Education Internship – Grand Traverse Conservation District (Deadline: 03/20/15)

Grand Traverse Conservation District LogoJob Title: Environmental Education Internship
Company: Grand Traverse Conservation District
Location: Traverse City, MI
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Job Type: Internship

Grand Traverse Conservation District
Environmental Education Intern
Vacancy Announcement

The Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) is a community-serving organization that cares for the people and places that make Northwest Michigan so special–our local farms, our schools, and our exquisite rivers, lakes and natural areas. Our full time staff of education and conservation experts delivers a variety of programs and services that serve our mission to inspire exploration, appreciation and conservation of our natural world.

The Environmental Education Intern works with the Education Team to further the mission of the Grand Traverse Conservation District (GTCD) by supporting the activities of the Education Team, led by the Education Coordinator/Camp Director. Primary responsibilities include developing and delivering environmental education programs, creating and maintaining signage and exhibits, and representing the organization at the Boardman River Nature Center and throughout the community.

Reports to: Education Coordinator/Camp Director
Supervises: Volunteers, campers
Works with: Education team, volunteers, campers
External Stakeholders: Park users, partner organizations, Nature Center visitors, Nature Center program participants

o Assist with the development and delivery of environmental education programs for K-12 students, teachers and the general public in a variety of settings.
o Assist with the development and delivery of eight (8), week-long summer day camp programs for youth.
o Assist with the development and maintenance of hands-on activities, signage and displays in the Boardman River Nature Center exhibit hall, including animal care.
o Assist with volunteer training and other administrative duties as assigned.
o Assist with GTCD special events, including retail sales and inventory as needed.
o Provide excellent customer service and develop and positive and welcoming relationships with Nature Center users, partners and other stakeholders.
o Assist EC/CD in ensuring that camp licensing requirements are followed.

Success is measured by the degree to which the individual:
o Is punctual and is prepared to work
o Creates and maintains a safe work environment
o Completes work in a timely manner
o Exhibits ability to work well with others
o Follow state of Michigan Day Camp guidelines

GTCD’s offices are located in the Boardman River Nature Center in Traverse City, MI. The intern will frequently be in the field, which may involve traversing uneven, boggy, and submerged terrain in wide ranges of air temperatures and weather and may require lifting equipment and materials of up to 35 pounds and taking campers on field trips.

Formal Education or Equivalent
o Currently enrolled or recently graduated in Bachelor’s degree program in education, ecology, biology, conservation, natural resources, or other related field, or possess related work experience.

Related Work Experience
o Experience with the development and/or delivery of education programs for children preferred.
o Customer service experience preferred.

o Exceptional organization and presentation skills.
o Excellent oral, telephonic and written communication skills.
o A team player with excellent social and interpersonal skills; can relate positively with people of different ages, cultures and abilities.
o Working knowledge of natural history, ecological principals and environmental stewardship preferred.
o Computer literacy including Microsoft Office and web applications.
o Current certification in CPR and basic first aid, or willingness and ability to acquire these certifications.
o Must be able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain.

o Safely operates a motor vehicle and is licensed to do so.
o Lifts and handles materials of up to 35 pounds without assistance.
o Communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing, in the English language.
o Able to work efficiently outdoors in varying conditions and terrain.
o Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends.

The Environmental Education Intern is a seasonal employee working up to 40 hours/week for up to 12 weeks. This position is not exempt from overtime requirements with an hourly wage of $8.15/hour. Seasonal positions are not eligible for benefits. Some evenings and weekend work may be required.

May 21, 2015

Please email completed application, resume, and cover letter stating your suitability for the position based on required knowledge and skills to the Grand Traverse Conservation District Education Coordinator/Camp Director Taryn Carew at The application can be found on the GTCD website

Applications must be received no later than 4:30pm EST Friday, March 20, 2015.


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