Environmental Education Intern (PO-00734872)


  • $450 / week living allowance*
  • $1100 one-time travel allowance*
  • AmeriCorps eligibility and Education Award amount,
  • Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority
  • housing provided by FWS

*All allowances are subject to applicable, federal, state, and local taxes.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Environmental Educator will be responsible for assisting the refuge in conducting the following activities:

  • Develop and present a variety of interpretive programs. Conduct orientation talks.
  • Facilitate walks and biological demonstrations to a variety of audiences. 

The position requires working with a small team of educators to support curriculum-based programming for students visiting the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.  

The intern will participate in extensive hiking and paddling.  A high level of physical fitness and dexterity is required.  Housing on a remote island is provided.  The position requires the selectee to be comfortable working outdoors, with others, and individually.
 Previous experience working on and around the water is preferable.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities Additional tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and conduct on-site environmental education programs for elementary, middle, and high school-aged youth.
  • Assist with the management of wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities such as wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation;  
  • Communicate effectively with visitors and staff by writing or through interpretive activities that aid in implementing the refuge's outreach program;  
  • Assist in maintaining facilities, grounds, and operations of two visitor contract stations. 

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

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Position ID: PO-00734872

Expected Dates: May 29, 2023 - December 15, 2023

11116 Kimages Road
Charles City, VA 23030

Training Provided: CPR/First Aid Diversity & Inclusion Canoe/Kayak Defensive Driver Effective Communications other opportunistic training as available

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Activities available to the member include: hiking, kayaking/canoeing, wildlife observation, etc.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

The work site is on a remote island. The intern will need to access to get food, travel to and from destinations outside of work.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing will be provided in the Menenak Discovery Center at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge.  The multi-purpose facility offers private quarters for the intern. Facility includes:  full kitchen, full bath, and climate control.  The LEED-compliant building is constructed with sustainable materials and is powered by solar panels.  The island's natural setting offers a tranquil retreat from the Richmond metro region. Lodging may also occur,for a portion of the summer months at Wilna Lodge.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association