Opportunity Type: Full-Time, 10-week, Contract
Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, Milford, DE
Delaware Nature Society (DelNature) has spent over 50 years connecting people to nature with diverse environmental programs and services. As one of the most well respected environmental organizations in the region, we envision a healthy and sustainable environment for all plants, animals, and people living in our region. Our mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, advocacy, and conservation. Working state-wide in Delaware and the surrounding region, we operate four sites where people experience nature in unique hands-on ways reaching thousands of visitors each year.
Selected candidates will be required to submit to a criminal background check. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing each other’s perspective. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.
The Summer Internship is a full time, 10-week term contract position located at DelNature’s Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, Delaware. Summer Interns (Interns) at Abbott’s serve in a dual role supporting both our Education Team and Land and Biodiversity Team. Under Education, Interns assist with the delivery of our hands-on environmental education programs to school/group, summer camp, and public outreach audiences. Under Land and Biodiversity, Interns assist with the overall care and management of our 513-acres of wildlife habitat and hiking trail preserves, as well as facilities management.
Highlights of the Intern Experience
- Working with supportive, experienced and knowledgeable staff
- Being outdoors & teaching children
- Gaining practical professional experience in environmental education & land management
- Assisting with outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and many other exciting adventures
- Receive training in environmental education teaching techniques, behavior
management strategies, outdoor leadership, team building, first aid/CPR, canoe and water safety, and other outdoor recreation training as needed.
- Support school/group/summer camp instructors with all aspects of programming
- Assist with daily program preparation & clean up, including maintenance of materials, equipment, and tools
- Support and participate in training events & activities
- Some travel in personal vehicle may be required
- Assist with live animal care as needed
- Assist with controlling non-native invasive plants in meadow, forest, & wetland habitats
- Assist in maintaining 6+ miles of trails, as well as lawns, fence lines, & teaching areas through mowing, string trimming & pruning
- Assist in maintaining trail bridges, boardwalks, & facilities
- Assist with regular repair/servicing of tools & equipment
- Assist with bird nesting box care & monitoring
- Assist with other projects, programs, & duties as needed (independent projects encouraged)
- Current student enrolled in college/university program pursuing a degree in environmental science, wildlife, recreation, or education related field
- Prior experience with safely operating & maintaining a wide range of hand tools, power tools, vehicles, and small/large engine equipment (preferred)
- Teaching experience and/or experience working with children
- Public relations/communication/group management skills
- Outdoor recreation skills & experience (preferred)
- Ability to work effectively & productively as part of a team, indoors & outside under variable weather conditions; programs are delivered rain or shine.
- Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, and has effective time management skills
- Flexibility & adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the organization, including evenings, weekends, holidays, and special events as needed
- Position at times requires strenuous physical work; Frequent standing, bending, twisting, stooping, climbing, lifting, pushing or pulling object over 50 lbs.
- Valid Driver’s License required
Salary and Benefits
Summer Interns are paid hourly (pay rate dependent on qualifications) 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, with mileage reimbursement provided.
Applicants Must Submit
- DelNature Employment Application
- Cover Letter
- 3 Professional References