Environmental Education Internship, Summer 2013

Undergraduate Internships at North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center North Cascades Institute is seeking motivated undergraduate students to be summer interns at its Environmental Learning Center (ELC), located on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. The Environmental Education intern will work under constant supervision by Institute staff and graduate students. The internship is designed to provide job training as well as the practical application of learned skills. Interns will receive continuous support from mentors. Duties will include shadowing and co-teaching educational programs for youth and adults, assisting with Learning Center operations, and participating in Institute events, staff meetings, and program debriefs. In addition, interns will be responsible for completing an independent project of their choice that is relevant to their college degree program. This is an unpaid internship and is a full-time position. Interns should expect to work five days (approximately forty hours) each week. Some weekend work is required. There is some flexibility with responsibilities based upon individual university requirements. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience.

* Enthusiasm for the mission of North Cascades Institute
* Junior or Senior status at a university or college
* Some coursework in environmental or outdoor education or environmental science
* Experience working with children
* Willingness to live in a rural area
* Ability to hike four miles with a backpack
* CPR/ First Aid Certification (more advanced certifications preferred)
* A pre-employment or post-hire background screening and criminal history check
* Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record for the past three years and must be 21 years or older to drive an Institute vehicle

* Wilderness First Responder Certification. Strong preference will be given to applicants with this certification. Interns without this certification will have more limited responsibilities.
* Experience living in a small community
* Experience working at a camp or residential education center
* Familiarity with Microsoft Office
* Ability to complete the full term of the internship

Shadowing and Co-Teaching (50%): Shadow and co-teach (under the supervision of a supervisor) lessons and activities for ELC programs such as Family Getaways, Base Camp, and Adult Programs; work with a mentor to evaluate teaching methods; assist supervisor with the development at least two original lesson plans that could be used with youth, family, and/or adult programs; assist with creation and maintenance of educational materials.

Citizen Science and Stewardship (20%): Attend at least two NCI citizen science or stewardship events.

Administrative and operations (10%): Assist with facility operations and gear maintenance while under the supervision of staff; attend weekly meetings and participate in hands-to-work.

Training and Evaluation (10%): Attend training prior to working with ELC programs. Training will be specific to interns and will include group facilitation techniques, risk management, natural history lessons, and program logistics. Participate in program debriefs, weekly check-in with supervisor, end-of-season debrief and exit interview; participate in peer observations and feedback.

Independent Project (10%): Complete an independent project of the intern’s choice related to natural history, environmental education, stewardship or the operation of an Environmental Learning Center. Topics are flexible based upon the requirements of the intern’s degree program. The project should be approved by the supervisor and submitted to North Cascades Institute upon completion and related to the intern’s degree program.
Housing and Meals
This is an unpaid internship and may be available for college credit. It is the responsibility of the intern to complete paperwork with his or her college or university necessary to receive credit for the experience. 
Housing is either at the Environmental Learning Center or in the neighboring towns of Diablo or Newhalem. Interns may be asked to share a room for part or all of the position. Meals are provided when programs are in session; otherwise, interns are responsible for providing their own food. Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation.  Interns are responsible for their own health insurance and transportation.

Application deadline
April 1, 2013

Internship Dates
June 11th – August 19th (some flexibility)

To Apply
For more information, contact Stephanie Bennett, ph: 206-526-2567, email: Stephanie_Bennett@ncascades.org. To apply, please send letter of interest, resume, and names of three references with current contact information to:

Email: Stephanie_Bennett@ncascades.org

Mail:     North Cascades Institute
        Graduate Program Coordinator
        810 State Route 20
        Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284