Camping Education and Conservation Intern - Detroit Outdoors

Expected Dates
February 5, 2018 to September 14, 2018
Sierra Club
Position ID
The Camping Education and Conservation Intern will assist the Sierra Club Detroit Inspiring Connections Outdoors Program, in collaboration with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, in developing and delivering a robust youth camping initiative at the Scout Hollow Campground in Rouge Park, Detroit’s largest park. 
•  Bachelor’s degree preferred (but not necessary) in education, science or history or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Outdoor and camping skills, or the desire to learn these skills
• The ability to work cooperatively with people of different backgrounds
• Ability to troubleshoot and manage group activities
• Computer literate and knowledge/understanding of Microsoft Office and Google Docs software
• Commitment to Leave No Trace principles and resource stewardship 

The Camping Education and Conservation Intern reports directly to Sierra Club Detroit Outdoors Program Lead, who is responsible for his/her assigned tasks, duty performance, and mentoring.
• Assist at Camping Leadership Training sessions in support of the Scout Hollow camping program
• Welcome camping groups on their arrival
• Issue camping gear to in-coming groups; receive gear from out-going groups; inspect and identify any issues with equipment and supplies when they are returned
• Set up materials needed for group to participate in stewardship activity; retrieve materials at the end of each day
• Introduce the stewardship activity so groups are equipped and ready to participate
• Assist with leading volunteer stewardship activities
• Maintain electronic/paper documentation records of group visits; equipment needs; etc.
• Communicate daily with education program lead
• Assist with posting updates and highlights on park social media
• Provide assistance and consultation for campers as needed and when requested
• Participate in group and program evaluations as assigned by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
• Attend staff and partnership meetings and conference call
• Assist in the evaluation of the program
• Assist with creation and refinement of program related administrative systems
• Attend in-service training and assist with coordination if requested
• Complete work time sheets as scheduled
• Attend conferences/seminars/meetings as requested by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
• Participate in performance evaluations of this position as directed by Detroit Outdoors Program Lead
• Other duties as may be assigned by the Detroit Outdoors Program Lead

A housing allowance will be provided to the intern to find their own housing in Detroit and a commuting allowance will be provided to subsidize a public transportation pass. Position will be based out of the Boll Family YMCA of Detroit Facility.

Intern for this position must be an AmeriCorps Education Award recipient.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
some experience
competent without supervision
Customer Service
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision