The environmental education internship at the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova, Alaska is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in outdoor environmental and science education. We provide a variety of summer educational programs to audiences of all ages, including day and overnight science camps, field courses and community events. Program emphases include Alaskan coastal ecosystems, wetland ecology, and climate change.
Our mission is to provide tools and guidance to campers to increase their awareness of the interdependence of local ecosystems. We combine hands-on environmental science education with positive experiences in the outdoors to build a foundation of knowledge for campers to use as they grow into wise decision makers and good stewards of the land. All of our activities are exploration based, designed to help campers form a deeper scientific understanding of the ecosystems of the area and build personal connections to the land, while developing self confidence and teamwork skills.
Our programs are located on the beautiful Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound regions of south central Alaska. The landscape provides an excellent classroom for participants (and staff) to explore the temperate rainforest, wetland, glacial, and marine ecosystems that make this area so diverse. With a student/teacher ratio of 4:1, we offer a high quality and personal learning experience for all of our participants. Campers attend from Cordova and other Alaskan communities, and throughout the United States.
The intern will be actively involved in all aspects of our summer programs, including assisting education staff with program planning, implementation and evaluation, logistics support and participant supervision. The position involves living and working outdoors and vigorous physical activity (heavy lifting, hiking, kayaking, etc.). Depending on the intern’s experience and interests, he/she may also have the opportunity to take leadership in special projects such as coordinating community events or developing “green” initiatives for our field camp.
- Participate in planning sessions and program development for summer education programs.
- Provide logistical support and participant supervision as needed for summer education programs.
- Teach environmental education activities to participants ages 7-107.
- Share in responsibilities of supervising campers during evening hours at camp, including overnights, meal preparation, and cleanup.
- Help with the physical set up and take down/storage of the camp buildings and supplies.
- Participate in all required trainings, including defensive driving, bear safety, and use of bear deterrents.
- high school diploma
- valid driver’s license
- strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- strong interest in environmental science education
- willingness to plan and teach hands-on science education activities
- college degree or current student in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related field
- knowledge and interest in climate change, sustainability, and/or wetlands ecology
- experience teaching and leading youth
- interest in “green” initiatives
The intern will receive a weekly stipend of $150 and housing in Cordova. We offer partial reimbursement of travel expenses to offset the costs of travel to Cordova. Dates of the internship are mid-May to mid-August.
Send resume and cover letter, completed intern questionnaire (see attachment), and contact information for three references to:
Prince William Sound Science Center
PO Box 705
Cordova, AK 99574
Phone: (907) 424-5800 ext. 231
Fax: (907) 424-5820
The position is open until filled. Interviews will begin in February/March, 2010.