Audubon For the Birds! Education Program Intern (NYC local candidate)

Expected Dates
September 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Audubon New York
Position ID

The National Audubon Society’s internship program aims to inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities, providing individuals the opportunity to develop skills needed for a successful career in conservation. Currently, internships are being offered in the area of Environmental Education. 
Audubon invites prospective SCA Members to become an intern with Audubon New York’s premier environmental education program, For the Birds! (FTB!) NYC.  For the Birds! is a place-based elementary education program that teaches environmental awareness and appreciation of nature through the study of birds. During multiple visits, students in grades two through eight learn about their local, natural environment through indoor and outdoor lessons, field trips, and a conservation project designed to provide or enhance bird habitat in the local community.
For the Birds! education interns will be responsible for assisting with the implementation of FTB! throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  S/he will also be responsible for teaching independently in multiple schools, classrooms and out-of-school time program sites.  Additionally, interns will assist the FTB! Program Director with administrative duties related to the delivery and expansion of the program.  This includes, but is not limited to: curriculum development and revision, materials preparation and inventory, school set up, follow up and wrap up, and other administrative duties as needed.
Throughout their internship, interns will work closely with the FTB! Program Director to inspire a new generation of conservationists through the study of birds.  Interns will gain experiences in both formal and non-formal environmental education and learn valuable and transferable skills such as project management, curriculum development, volunteer management, and community engagement. 
 Qualifications and Experience

  • Have or working towards a bachelors or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in environmental interpretation, education, natural sciences, outdoor recreation, or related field.
  • At least one year of experience working in the field of formal and/or informal education. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic natural history and environmental science, as well as knowledge of basic bird biology, ecology, and identification.
  • Experience working with students of all ages, but with particular experience with elementary school children. 
  • Must be able to teach independently in NYC schools and out-of-school time program sites.
  • Excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrated organizational and time-management skills also a must.
  • Self-motivated, detailed-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to conservation of birds and other wildlife and their habitats.
  • Ability to make decisions requiring good judgment and complete knowledge of subject matter, including task sequencing and office administration procedures.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with conflicting deadlines while effectively managing priorities.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one in a timely manner; comfort using NYC public transportation is important as well.
  • Availability and willingness to work five days per week, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with occasional weekend and evening hours as required.
  • Must be able to walk major pathways and trails of regional natural areas with students, including on uneven terrain.
  • Commitment to conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society. 
  • Schools and out-of school-time sites in Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
  • Interns will receive training in project management, curriculum development, volunteer management, and community engagement.
  • Interns will gain experience in both formal and non-formal environmental education and learn valuable and transferable skills such as project management, curriculum development, volunteer management, and community engagement. 
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
degree major or professional experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
competent without supervision
some experience
Community Engagement
competent without supervision
Volunteer Coordination
competent with supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision