Abbott's Pond at Abbott's Mill Nature Center

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Matt Babbitt

15411 Abbotts Pond Rd
Milford, DE 19963


Summer Education Internship – Abbott’s Mill

Opportunity Type: Full-Time, 10-week, Hourly


Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Job Description

Full-time/hourly seasonal position located at DelNature’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, DE.

Assists with:

  • planning, preparation, coordination, and delivery of environmental education programs for a variety of audiences
  • live animal care and maintenance of education materials, equipment, and tools
  • supporting the Abbott’s Land and Biodiversity Team in the overall care and maintenance of lands owned and operated by Delaware Nature Society (DelNature)
  • maintenance of all DelNature vehicles, equipment, tools, boats, trailers, and facilities
  • promotion of organization mission, membership, and goals through publicity and event support


  • Teaches and/or co-leads in-person and virtual environmental education programs for school, group, and public audiences. Assists with program preparation, as well as maintenance and sanitization of program materials, equipment, and tools.
  • Attends DelNature camp training (held at Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE) and co-leads 6 weeks of in-person summer camp programs for ages 5 – 12 years old.
  • Assists with:
    • live animal care as needed.
    • maintenance, repairs, and cleaning of all facilities.
    • promotion of organization mission, membership, and goals through publicity and event support.
    • maintenance, repairs, and cleaning of all facilities.
    • promotion of organization mission, membership, and goals through publicity and event support.
  • At times, assists with:
    • caring for tree reforestation and meadow restoration sites, controlling non-native invasive plants through both mechanical and chemical means.
    • maintaining trails, lawns, fence lines, and teaching areas through mowing, string trimming, and pruning.
    • maintaining trail signage, bridges, boardwalks, accessible paths, and wood chipped paths.
    • routine servicing and repairs of all vehicles, equipment, tools, boats, and trailers.
  • Assists with other projects, programs, and duties as needed; independent projects encouraged.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current student enrolled in college/trade program pursuing a degree in environmental science, wildlife studies, recreation, conservation, or related field.
  • Prior teaching experience and/or experience working with children.
  • Natural sciences knowledge and outdoor recreation skills/experience (preferred).
  • Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification. (Training will be provided if not certified)
  • Public relations/communication/group management skills.
  • Prior experience with safely operating and maintain a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles, and small/large engine equipment (preferred).
  • Ability to work effectively and productively as a part of a team, indoors and outdoors under variable weather conditions – programs are held rain or shine.
  • Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and has effective time management skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in a schedule that meets the needs of the organization, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and special events as needed.
  • Valid Driver’s License required.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, and reach, and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • Position at times requires strenuous physical work – frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, and lifting, pushing or pulling objects over 50 lbs.
  • Specific vision abilities required for this job include close, vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment can be loud while operating machinery and equipment. Proper ear protection will be provided and required to be worn at these times.
  • Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities and projects in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings, weather, and terrains.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full time, seasonal position, working 40 hours/week for 10 weeks from May – July, 2022 – exact dates to be announced. The pay rate for this position is set at $9.50, paid hourly for the 10-week term position divided into twice-monthly payments with all required federal and state taxes withheld. Some travel in personal vehicle may be required for programming/training, with mileage reimbursement provided.

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