Environmental Educator Intern

Expected Dates
October 2, 2017 to September 2, 2018
Black Rock Forest Consortium
Position ID
Black Rock Forest is a 3914 acre eastern deciduous forest operated as a field station for scientific research and education for 21 different academic institutions (www.blackrockforest.org). Approximately 13,000 student days are spent in the forest each year from elementary school through college level. Black Rock Forest staff work with the schools, administrators, teachers and students to help student groups and institutions meet their academic needs, primarily through experiential learning about the natural world.
Job Description and Duties
The Environmental Educator Intern reports to BRFC Senior Education Liaison. They will work with BRFC staff to support educational visits to the Forest, especially those coming from K-12 schools. They will receive training and support from the other educators on the BRFC staff and will be expected to dedicate themselves to learning from them about Black Rock Forest and its educational use.
They will help teachers and administrators design and schedule trips, activities and curricula, assisting them with preparation and logistics. They will oversee the web-based trip reservation system, support users of the reservation system, and prepare periodic reports on visitation.  They will meet and greet visiting education groups and provide them with orientation information. They will help to lead classes in the forest, generally in collaboration with the teachers in charge of each group and occasionally with other Black Rock Forest staff or visiting scientists.
They will maintain BRFC’s growing educational database. They will help instruct students about major environmental issues (e.g. invasive species, biodiversity loss, threats to water quality, climate change, etc.). They will help students to understand and employ the scientific process. They will help them learn to use scientific tools and equipment and modern technologies and learn to collect and analyze high-quality data sets. They will help interpret and disseminate information from research projects in the forest to educational audiences.
They will be responsible for maintaining classroom areas, educational collections and equipment, including weekly inventory. On occasion they will visit school classrooms before or after visits to the forest. At all times they will be expected to represent Black Rock Forest Consortium in a pleasant and professional manner.
The work week will be 40 hours, either Monday-Friday or Tuesday-Saturday, generally from 8:30 to 5 PM, but occasional evening duty will be required when working with overnight groups.
The Environmental Educator will receive housing in the Old Forest Headquarters apartment building, located less than 2 miles from the BRFC Science Center. Must coexist with others occasionally staying in the apartment (there are 3 bedrooms), primarily undergraduate and graduate students during the summer.
  • Black Rock Forest Science and Education Center in the 4000 acre Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, NY
  • Mentoring on site from supervisors- Senior Education Liaison and Executive Director. Educational training from other experienced staff- Forest Manager, Research Associate, Technology Manager. Opportunities to attend conference and workshops.
  • This position will be rich in educational opportunities to learn first hand about nature and forest ecosystems, and to learn content and methods from lifelong educators and scientists actively pursuing environmental research
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
degree minor or extensive experience
degree minor or extensive experience
Earth Sciences
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
some experience
Field Research
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Data Analysis
some experience
Working with Children
competent without supervision