Environmental Education Intern

Expected Dates
January 28, 2019 to March 30, 2019
Site
North Louisiana Refuge Complex
Position ID
PO-00727427
Intern will assist with environmental education, interpretive programs, and visitor services on the Refuge:
  • Assist with school groups, homeschool groups, and pre-school groups.
  • Help answer visitor questions and provide information to the general public in our Visitor Center
  • Present outreach programs at local public libraries and other places
  • Help design and lead Saturday family programs
  • Lead and Co-lead or assist with refuge tours, bird walks, nature hikes, night hikes, astronomy programs, etc.
  • Assist with Summer Camps
  • Design informative and educational flyers
  • Write Facebook posts
  • Help to maintain Refuge trails, the Visitor Center, Learning Center, and educational buildings
  • Help maintain the butterfly pollinator gardens and native plant landscaping
  • Identify and assist with removal of invasive plant species
  • Assist with field research and species inventories on the refuge involving birds, butterflies, dragonflies, etc.

 
Intern will assist with environmental education, interpretive programs, and visitor services on the Refuge:

  • Co-lead with the refuge ranger both on-site and off-site school programs for groups ranging from pre-K through elementary school.
  • Help answer visitor questions and provide information to the general public in our Visitor Center
  • Be present at community outreach programs and represent the refuge.
  • Help design and lead Saturday kids programs
  • Lead and Co-lead public programs including full moon walks, canoe tours, frog walks, etc.
  • Develop activities for summer camps for both K-2 and 3-5 grade students.
  • Work with the educational animals in the Conservation Learning Center doing feeding, cleaning, and handling the animals.
  • Help to maintain Refuge trails, the Visitor Center, Learning Center, and educational buildings
  • Help maintain the butterfly pollinator gardens and native plant landscaping
  • The Black Bayou Lake NWR is a unit of the North Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Black Bayou Lake NWR was established in 1997, is located 3 miles north of the city of Monroe, just east of Highway 165 in Ouachita Parish, LA. The refuge contains 4,522 acres of lacustrine, bottomland hardwood and upland mixed pine/hardwood habitats. The central physical feature of the refuge is the Black Bayou Lake. The lake is approximately 1,500 acres, is studded with baldcypress and water tupelo trees. The environmental education center includes: A visitors Center; a 100 seat shaded amphitheater/pavilion; nature trail and pier; arboretum with over 100 native Louisiana woody plants identified; and a prairie demonstration area with native grasses and wildflowers. The visitors center is a restored 1880’s planter house.
  • The intern will be working directly with the refuge ranger so training on interpretation and planning will be provided. There will also be the option of going out with other refuge staff such as the forester to learn about other aspects of the refuge.
  • The intern will be able to learn more about the ecosystems of the northern LA. They will have access to canoes and kayaks to explore the lakes. There is also bird-watching and hiking opportunities on the refuge.
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Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Bird Identification
competent without supervision
Working with Animals
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Working with Children
competent with supervision