Opportunity Type: Full-Time, 11-Week Position
Ashland Nature Center, Hockessin, DE
Delaware Nature Society 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.
Check back here for updated info in January 2019.
The Summer Education Internship is a full time, 11-week term contract assignment
primarily located at Delaware Nature Society’s Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin,
Delaware. Summer Education Interns (Interns) support the effective delivery of
educational lessons and activities for children ages 9 to 15 during week-long summer
camp programs. Interns participate in 1 week of training and assist with organizing and
teaching 10 weeks of summer camp programs, each week with a different theme and
schedule of activities.
Highlights of the Intern Experience:
- Working with supportive, experienced and knowledgeable staff
Being outdoors and teaching children
- Gaining practical professional experience in environmental education
- Assisting with outdoor recreation activities such as canoeing, kayaking, camping,
hiking, fishing, photography, and many other exciting adventures
- Exploring the many preserves managed by Delaware Nature Society
- Receive training in environmental education teaching techniques, behavior
management strategies, outdoor leadership, team building, first aid/CPR, canoe
and water safety, archery, and other outdoor recreation training as needed.
- Receive training on animal handling for animal collections at Ashland and DEEC,
and basic training in farm animal use in programs at Coverdale Farm.
- Support summer camp instructors with all aspects of camp during ten weeks of
summer camp programming
- Assist with daily camp program preparation and clean up, and with care and
maintenance of education materials, equipment, and teaching tools
- Support and participate in instructor training events and activities
- Co-lead early morning care and/or afternoon extended care for two weeks during
the course of the summer
- Assist with overnight campout or extended day events as needed
- Current student enrolled in college/university program pursuing a degree in
environmental, wildlife, recreation or education related field
- Teaching experience or experience working with children
- Public relations/communication skills
- Outdoor recreation skills and experience (canoeing/kayaking, hiking, camping)
- Ability to work effectively and productively as part of a team, indoors and outside
under variable weather conditions
- Flexibility and adaptability to work a schedule that meets the needs of the