Internship Opportunity: Interpretive Naturalist – Adirondack Interpretive Center (Deadline: 03/23/15)

Job Title: Interpretive Naturalist Internship
Company: Adirondack Interpretive Center
Location: Newcomb, NY
Salary: $100 weekly stipend, plus onsite lodging and meals
Application Deadline: Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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Job Type: Internship

The Interpretive Naturalist Internship (INI) provides undergraduates in environmental interpretation or other related programs with 12 weeks of intensive on-the-job-training at ESF’s Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC). The internship will focus on exposure to and experience with all aspects of operating an informal science center including program design, development and delivery, day-to-day management, staff and program scheduling, program budgeting, marketing and advertising, volunteer coordination and supervision, and guest relations.

The Adirondack Interpretive Center is located at ESF’s Newcomb Campus in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The AIC is managed by the Northern Forest Institute, ESF’s outreach program in the Adirondacks. The center sits on 260 acres on the eastern edge of Rich Lake, and is open year round providing programs to schools, colleges, professionals and the general public. 3.6 miles of maintained trails access diverse habitats including riparian, wetland, marsh, deciduous and conifer stands. Newcomb, a popular recreation and summer vacation area, is located approximately 3 hours northeast of Syracuse and 2 hours north of Albany.

The INI covers 12 weeks of room and board at the Newcomb Campus and provides a weekly stipend of $100.00. The internship is made possible through funding from the Adirondack Park Institute, a not-for-profit supporting programming at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb.

Interns will be in residence for 12 weeks, starting no later than Monday, May 18th. Housing will be in the student dorms at the campus’s Rich Lake Area with meals provided at the Rich Lake Dining Center. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from Newcomb, and on a daily basis to and from work at the AIC. The AIC is open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm with regular evening and night programs. Scheduling will include night and weekend shifts.

The internship is open to undergraduates and recent graduates in Environmental Interpretation, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Management or related fields. We are looking for individuals who:

  • Have strong communication and presentation skills
  • Have experience in public speaking and interacting with the general public
  • Knowledgeable (or willingness to learn) the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks
  • Have experience with interpretive techniques and designing educational programs
  • Can work independently and be effective while working unsupervised
  • Ability to live and work in an isolated environment (both geographic and workplace)
  • Have familiarity with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter with full name and contact information including email address and phone (home and/or cell). Applications (resume and cover letter) may be submitted by email (read receipt recommended) or conventional mail. All applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, March 23rd, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled early April. Successful candidates will be contacted mid-April.

Send applications to:
Adirondack Interpretive Center, 6312 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY 12852


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