Abbott's Pond at Abbott's Mill Nature Center

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Matt Babbitt

15411 Abbotts Pond Rd
Milford, DE 19963
US

302-422-0847

Summer Education Internship – Abbott’s Mill

Opportunity Type: 12-week, Contract

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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.

Covid Requirements

DelNature requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination (copy of vaccination card) is required prior to hiring. Applicants unable to vaccinate must submit a medical exemption (note) from their doctor, will need to test every 7 days, and will submit their test results to their supervisor.  Based on CDC guidelines, currently, the booster shot is not required to be fully vaccinated.

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.
  • supports the Abbott’s Land and Biodiversity Team in the overall care and maintenance of lands owned/managed by DelNature
  • promotion of organization mission, membership, and goals through publicity and event support

Responsibilities

  • Co-leads in-person and virtual environmental education programs for student, family, and adult 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 8 weeks of in-person summer camp programs for ages 5 – 12 years old.
  • Assists with:
    • program preparation, as well as maintenance and sanitization of program materials, equipment, and tools
    • live animal care as needed
    • maintenance, repairs, and cleaning of all facilities as needed
    • promotion of organization mission, membership, and goals through publicity and event support
    • maintenance, repairs, and cleaning of all facilities
    • other projects, programs, and duties as needed; independent projects encouraged
  • At times, assists with:
    • care of all forest and meadow restoration sites, controlling non-native invasive plants through both mechanical and chemical means
    • maintaining trails, grounds, fence lines, and teaching areas through string trimming and pruning
    • maintaining trail signage, bridges, boardwalks, accessible paths, and wood chipped paths
    • 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
  • Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification (this training will be provided if not certified); Lifeguard certification a plus
  • Communications and group management skills
  • Prior experience with safely operating a wide range of hand/power tools (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 and reliable personal transportation.

Salary and Benefits

Please note this is a full time, seasonal position, working 40 hours/week for 12 weeks from May – August , 2023. The pay rate for this position is set at $11.50, paid hourly for the 12-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.

Applicants Must Submit

Summer 2022 Applications are closed