Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon's mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon's unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Aullwood Audubon is an education center and farm located in Dayton, Ohio. Aullwood's Education internship program provides in-depth, on-the-job experience in a National Audubon Society institution devoted to enriching lives through education and stewardship of birds and ecosystems. During the internship interns receive training and support and learn and apply new skills and knowledge.
Dates of Employment: February 3 August 14, 2020
Education interns typically work 35 hours per week and are paid an hourly wage. Duties primarily take place Monday Friday, 8 a.m. 5 p.m., but also include alternating weekends and evenings.
During the internship interns will:
Learn how to and effectively plan, implement and teach youth on school field trips, mainly pre-school to middle school ages. There may also be occasions interns teach high school and adults groups. Teaching topics may include birds, reptiles, general nature exploration, farm discovery, geology and fossils, maple syrup, food webs and exploration of different communities. Activities during the field trips may include interpretation of nature and farm communities, nature hikes, pond or creek studies, animal interpretation, and more.
Learn how to develop lesson plans and teach Summer Earth Adventures classes (day camps) for children age 2 years old through 7th grade with a focus on natural history and farming. Activities may include science experiments, nature hikes, pond or creek studies, farm exploration, working with animals, gardening and more.
Receive training to care for the resident animals that live at the Nature Center. Responsibilities include daily feeding, daily/weekly cleaning of enclosures, providing enrichment activities, keeping proper records and helping maintain healthy environments for captive raptors, turtles, fish, snakes, etc.
Be trained to perform animal chores at the Farm. Responsibilities include weekly morning and afternoon feedings, stall cleaning, proper record keeping and maintaining healthy environments for chickens, pigs, goats, cows, etc.
Assist with special events such as the Pancake Brunch, Native Plant Sale, Farm Babies Festival and other special events as assigned.
Learn how to greet visitors, take admission for Aullwood property, answer phone calls, operate the front desk and lead weekend programs as the weekend Naturalist.
Assist with various assigned projects throughout the internship.
Help support day to day operations of Aullwood Audubon.
Reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon.
Insight into the operation of a nationally recognized non-profit organization.
Gain valuable work experience and develop and refine professional skills.
Animal husbandry of a variety of captive and domestic animals.
Experience teaching and public speaking to groups of all ages.
Networking opportunities with environmental professionals.
Learn Ohio natural history.
Independent planning and execution of specific tasks.
Qualifications and Experience
Ability to commit to working the span of the intern session.
Have completed freshman year of college majoring in natural sciences, biology, environmental education, natural history, elementary education or a related field.
Be able to work with different types of large and small animals.
Ability to transport oneself by foot over a variety of terrain that may be wet, slippery, uneven or rocky.
Must be able to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, grab and reach on uneven work surfaces for extended periods of time.
Experience teaching and working with children is preferred.
Excellent ability to communicate and interact with the general public.
Be self-motivated, able to follow directions, work independently and have exceptional interpersonal skills.
Capable of regular lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. for short periods of time.
Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and willingness to work outside in all weather conditions.
Must have appropriate documentation to work in the United States.
Interns are required to reside in on-site housing provided by Audubon as a condition of employment. Living onsite will afford the opportunity to develop first-hand understanding of the operations of the Nature Center and Farm. Interns are not charged rent to live in the intern house and utilities are covered by Aullwood. The intern house is fully furnished and is located by the Nature Center.
It is strongly encouraged to have your own vehicle.
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