Paid Internship Opportunity: Conservation Education Internship – Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation (Deadline: 04/15/15)

Welder Wlidlife Foundation LogoJob Title: Conservation Education Internship
Company: Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation
Location: Sinton, TX
Website: http://welderwildlife.org/
Salary: $1,600/month + $75/month insurance stipend
Application Deadline: April 15, 2015
Apply to: sglasscock@welderwildlife.org
Job Type: Internship

Location: Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation and Refuge, Sinton, Texas

Job Category: Internship**

**Upon completion of this internship the selected candidate will be eligible for a Welder Wildlife Foundation Fellowship if they meet the Welder Foundation’s Fellowship Program requirements.

Internship Length: May 2015–August 2016

Start Date: May 26, 2015

The Conservation Educator will work with WWF Directors, and immediately under the supervision of the Conservation Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator (Program Coordinator), to design, coordinate and teach K-12 education programs (both on- and off-site), and will assist the Directors and Program Coordinator with preparation for and implementation of other programs, workshops, courses. This person will be the point of contact for K-12 groups (or other groups as assigned) from the time of their arrival until they depart the Refuge. This person will be responsible for coordinating, scheduling, and leading K-12 conservation education programs and public tours. In some instances, the Conservation Educator may be asked to lead or assist with adult and university on-site and outreach education programs, private tours, and volunteer efforts. This person will assist with ongoing wildlife and habitat research on the property. The Conservation Educator will also have duties related to maintenance of the natural history collections, classroom, education storage room, vehicles, native plant gardens, etc. as assigned. Find more information about the internship and Foundation at http://welderwildlife.org/.

Salary: $1,600/month, $75/mo insurance stipend

Housing: On-site housing will be provided in the Foundation’s Research Student Housing.

Applicants must:

  • have a B.S. in wildlife or range ecology or other closely related natural resource management field,
  • be willing to live onsite at the Welder Wildlife Refuge in provided housing,
  • 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) Academic transcripts. Please e-mail materials in 1 single attachment to WWF Assistant Director, Dr. Selma Glasscock at: sglasscock@welderwildlife.org

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