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Internship - Environmental Education
Interns are typically college students or recent graduates pursuing a career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or National Park Service.
Refuge: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center for the protection of migratory birds. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks that provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals and 15 federally listed species. Located less than an hour east of Orlando and less than an hour south of Daytona, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge sees over one million people annually and hosts several thousand local school children.
Dates: Full three month internship - March 1, 2018 through June 1, 2018.
Duties: Implement environmental education programming to a wide range of students. Intern will be responsible for facilitating several environmental education programs both on-site and off-site at schools. Intern will work Tuesday through Saturday with Tuesday/Thursdays for field trips coming to the refuge, Wednesdays and Fridays for classroom visits, and Saturdays for special youth events like festivals, annual youth fishing derby, and other outreach events.
Intern will eventually lead the groups along with a staff of volunteers to meet Sunshine State and Common Core Standards set for each program. Programs include Habitat Helper workshops, Florida Scrub Ecosystem Investigations, seining in brackish water, and an AP Environmental Science Introduction to Field Studies Citizen Science course.
Education Intern will also help lead and assist the Youth Leadership Council, a group of local high school seniors tasked with outreach and environmental education development. Environmental Education Intern may also assist in social media development and additional outreach if interested. Depending on intern's interest, they may be able to assist biology or fire staff secondarily.
Compensation: This internship position is designed to give you first hand workplace experience. Depending on funding, a monetary reimbursement may be available. Housing will be provided on-site in a shared bunkhouse. Laundry facilities are also available. Area: Titusville with city conveniences is located five miles away. Orlando and its airports are within an hour’s drive from the bunk house and visitor center.
To apply, fill out the online application and send your resume with references and their contact information to Emily DeLanzo at Emily_DeLanzo@fws.gov or call 321-861-0668.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Shared bunk house with private room, fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities.