Environmental Education Specialist (Philadelphia Regional Candidates only)

Expected Dates
October 2, 2017 to September 30, 2018
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Position ID
The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is seeking an environmental education intern from the greater Philadelphia commuting area to join our team and represent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this unique internship opportunity. Gain experience assisting with the Urban National Wildlife Initiative in the city of Philadelphia by facilitating partnerships, providing curriculum based environmental education and natural resource interpretation, and assisting with visitor center operations and refuge communications. Work with a variety of diverse audiences.
Major Duties Include:

-Environmental Education: Develops a minimum of three environmental education programs that are standards based and geared towards an audience in grades 3-7.  The programs  will highlight urban wildlife and the student’s relationship with nature.  The program will provide the students with an understanding of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and its mission, as well as an environmentally themed take home message.  These programs will be presented at least twice a week during the school year to targeted schools.

-Interpretation: Develops  a minimum of 3  formal and informal public education programs designed for the general urban public that will be presented at the refuge at least twice a month. These programs will highlight the interdependence of people and the environment.
-Visitor Center Operations: Assists with visitor center operations; including greeting visitors, staffing the front desk, and providing support to volunteers staffing the visitor center.  This will entail assisting visitors in planning their visit, answering phones, and other duties as assigned. No sales or money handling required.
-Partnerships: Coordinates with local community and conservation organizations to increase awareness of the wildlife refuge and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Maintains working relationships with partners by attending a variety of events and functions, giving informative talks, and asking for volunteer or other assistance.
-Communication: Effectively communicates with urban audiences through interpretive activities that aid in implementing the refuge’s outreach program. Drafts a variety of written materials including news releases, articles, correspondence, event flyers, and social media messages. These materials aid in increasing understanding of the US Fish and Wildlife Service mission, encourage attendance at or assistance with special events, and explain the goals and objectives of the refuge.
Other Duties:
Maintains equipment and supplies.
May operate a government vehicle (Driver’s license required.)
  • John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is America’s First Urban national Wildlife Refuge and is in the center of it all. Located in historic Philadelphia and Delaware Counties, this urban refuge is a great place to start your career. The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum protects approximately 1,000 acres of diverse habitat that supports over 300 species of birds and countless other species on the doorstep of Philadelphia, one of the largest metropolitan cities on the east coast. The refuge provides unique opportunities for visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city into nature for relaxation. Individuals interested in this position will experience first-hand the delicate balance of managing for wildlife while balancing it with the needs of people. A great staff will be available to assist your endeavors both at work and play. Come help us make history as we embark into the new world of urban environmental education.
  • The staff at the refuge will provide training and support to you as you develop your environmental education programs. Teacher training at the refuge will be available for you to take as well as the various volunteer program trainings. If you are intere
  • The best of all worlds describes the opportunities available with John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum as your base of operations. 90 minutes to the shore, 120 minutes to the mountains, 60 minutes to canoeing in the Pine Barrens, professional s
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
Working with Children
competent without supervision