This is an environmental education position located within the division of interpretation at Assateague Island National Seashore. The position is in the Maryland and Virginia Districts of the island. Although considered a volunteer assignment, the intern will work alongside salaried seasonal and permanent naturalists and have similar duties and performance requirements.
College level academic background in natural science or education preferred, but not necessary
Public speaking and writing skills
Valid driver's license
Dates of Service: This is a 10-week position requiring weekend work. The workweek consists of 5 days (40 hours) with 2 consecutive days off. The spring environmental education position will begin April 16, 2018. Applicants must be available for the entire internship from April 16 through June 22.
Duties and Responsibilities: The intern will spend considerable time learning about the resource and preparing education programs. Spring interns will participate in a two week long training program beginning Monday, April 16. Participants will take part in a busy environmental education program, as well as preparation of selected weekend programs and activities presented for the public. Interns must be willing to work with students in all grades Pre-K through high school and use a variety of educational techniques including puppetry, poetry and singing. Many programs are conducted outside, even if the weather is cold.
Each intern will learn the basics of marine biology and barrier island ecology and, in turn, provide interpretation of this knowledge to school students and visitors through regularly scheduled beach, ecology, and marsh walks. Visitor center information desk duty should be anticipated along with bookshop sales. The intern must interpret the center's aquatic specimens in a saltwater aquarium and touch tank.
Housing, Uniforms, and Stipend: Assateague Island National Seashore provides free housing for interns. Housing is dormitory style and rooms are shared. Houses are completely furnished, with the exception of linens and specialized cooking utensils. Camping site/RV pad is not available for this position. Intern must provide own transportation to and from the seashore. The National Park Service will provide a uniform. Interns receive a $100 per week reimbursement for food and living expenses.
Assateague Island can be windy and cold in the spring and hot and humid in the summer. Biting flies, mosquitoes and ticks are a natural part of the resource experience. The intern can expect to exert a physical effort in outdoor programs.
To apply, submit the following:
A cover letter or formal email stating your reason for interest in the position. Please indicate which district you would like to be considered for.
Resume (including at least 2 references)
Grade transcript (does not need to be official)
E-mail information to Kelly_Taylor@nps.gov or mail to Kelly Taylor, Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, MD 21811
Position will remain open until the appropriate candidate is found.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: Assateague Island National Seashore provides free housing for interns. Housing is dormitory style and rooms are shared. Houses are completely furnished, with the exception of linens and specialized cooking utensils. Camping site/RV pad is not available for this position. Intern must provide own transportation to and from the seashore. The National Park Service will provide a uniform. Interns receive a $100 per week reimbursement for food and living expenses.