2017 Seasonal Education Intern Positions- Heritage Interpretation/Conservation Education
Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site
Pisgah National Forest - Brevard, North Carolina
April 3 through August 5 (18 weeks). 40 hrs/week. Deadline to apply: March 5, 2017
August 7 through November 4 (13 weeks). 40 hrs/week. Deadline to apply: May 1, 2017
To assist Cradle of Forestry staff with visitor services including youth field trips and special interpretive events and programs, performing a variety of duties both on the frontline and behind the scenes.
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt; Seasonal
Reports to: Director of Operations and Cradle Manager
Education and Experience:
- at least 3 years of college or combination college and direct experience, with specialization in one of the natural sciences
- experience working with children in an outdoor setting strongly desired
- strong customer service ethic and ability to interact well with people of all ages
- public speaking ability in an engaging style
- ability to develop and communicate basic historical and natural science facts of the site
- knowledge of regional natural history, forest ecology, and/or forest management a plus
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Facilitate conservation education activities, indoors and outdoors.
- Create, plan and implement two summer nature series for children; Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club and Junior Forester program, including hands on activities and theme-oriented crafts or projects
- Help plan, promote, and implement special interpretive events at the Cradle of Forestry.
- Lead youth groups on historic wheelchair accessible trails as interpreter of trail stories and as a guide to observing the surrounding forest and its dynamics.
- Create and offer thematic talks as a roving interpreter along the Cradle’s trails.
- Work on special projects contributing to new group activities and/or public programs.
- Assist with caring for, interpreting and engaging visitors in the Cradle’s Heritage Gardens as well as the plants, reptiles, and amphibians in the Cradle’s terrarium exhibit.
Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work successfully as part of a team as well as assume independent responsibilities.
- Ability to professionally interact with the public and convey a positive image for the Cradle.
- Ability to assist with implementation of several projects simultaneously within a strict time frame.
- Ability to walk up to 4 (4) miles daily and lift twenty (20) lbs.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience working in the field of natural history, forest ecology, and/or education.
Training: provided on interpretive techniques, conservation education fundamentals, and the Cradle of Forestry site, programs, and management. On-job training opportunities include the natural and cultural history of the area, visitor center operation, and teaching children in an informal setting.
Lodging: Housing and other amenities will be provided at the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site.
Compensation: Stipend of $125 per week is paid by the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association.
Questions? Please call or email Devin Gentry at (828) 884-5713 ext. 221; Devin@cfaia.org, or visit www.cradleofforestry.com for more information about the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site.