Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site - Seasonal Education Intern

Location: Pisgah Forest, NC
Date Posted: 12-18-2013
2017 Seasonal Education Intern Positions- Heritage Interpretation/Conservation Education
Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site 
Pisgah National Forest - Brevard, North Carolina

Available Positions:
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
Position Objective:
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:
  1. at least 3 years of college or combination college and direct experience, with specialization in one of the natural sciences
  2. experience working with children in an outdoor setting strongly desired
  3. strong customer service ethic and ability to interact well with people of all ages
  4. public speaking ability in an engaging style
  5. ability to develop and communicate basic historical and natural science facts of the site
  6. knowledge of regional natural history, forest ecology, and/or forest management a plus
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Facilitate conservation education activities, indoors and outdoors.
  2. 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
  3. Help plan, promote, and implement special interpretive events at the Cradle of Forestry.
  4. 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.
  5. Create and offer thematic talks as a roving interpreter along the Cradle’s trails.
  6. Work on special projects contributing to new group activities and/or public programs.
  7. 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:
  1. Ability to work successfully as part of a team as well as assume independent responsibilities.
  2. Ability to professionally interact with the public and convey a positive image for the Cradle.
  3. Ability to assist with implementation of several projects simultaneously within a strict time frame.
  4. Ability to walk up to 4 (4) miles daily and lift twenty (20) lbs.
  5. 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;, or visit for more information about the Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site.
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