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Environmental Education Intern

Posted 01/20/2023
County Pottawattamie
Location Honey Creek ,Iowa
Salary $11-13/hour
Deadline 05/26/2023



Pottawattamie County Conservation is announcing the hiring for their Environmental Education Internship Program!  This is a full-time college internship program that runs from May into August. An Environmental Education Intern is responsible for working with the Environmental Education department to develop and present of all aspects of the interpretive program including, but not limited to, summer camps, general public programs, school programs, and special events under the supervision of the Environmental Education Coordinator and Naturalists.Work hours may occasionally be required before or after business hours. Please attach both a resume and a cover letter with your application. 

Essential Functions

Work with the Environmental Education team to plan, develop, present, and evaluate programs for various groups and individuals including, but not limited to, summer camps, schools, special events, and the general public with the primary focus on summer camps.  Produce environmental education content for social media, bulletin boards, blogs, and newsletters.  Keep accurate records, assist in reporting, and provide general administrative support as needed. Staff the reception desk at Hitchcock Nature Center to serve as an ambassador for Hitchcock Nature Center and Pottawattamie Conservation by greeting visitors, answering phones, keeping brochures stocked & updated, and checking out equipment. Assist with visitor services at the front gate and with traffic in the park.  Monitor the cleanliness of Loess Hills Lodge and spot clean facility as needed or as directed by Educators or Deputy Director. Assist with new projects and perform other tasks as assigned. Be able to work a "non-traditional" work week (some weekend and evening hours). Be willing to travel to other county conservation parks as needed. Perform other duties as directed or as the situation dictates.

Essential Knowledge, Experience, and Ability

General knowledge of, or experience working in, the field of education, environmental education/interpretation, environmental studies, natural resources, or the biological sciences.    Previous experience working with children preferred.    General knowledge of, and ability to assist in, planning and participating in outdoor activities in all types of weather (e.g. heat, cold, rain, etc).    Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.    Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and good rapport with individuals of all ages including supervisors, colleagues, children, and the general public.

Essential Education, Certification, and/or Licenses

Must be eighteen (18) years old at the time of hire and attending or planning to attend college in the conservation/education field.Must possess a valid driver's license at the time of hire and maintain it throughout the course of employment.  Certification in first aid is desirable. 

Responsible for assisting in development and presentation of all aspects of the interpretive program including, but not limited to, summer camps, general public programs, school programs, and special events.

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