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Company/Organization: The Wild Center


The Wild Center seeks four Fellows to participate in a year round professional development program led by our dynamic education staff at a world class museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Fellows are trained in the field of interpretation and museum best practices in a yearlong education, training, and development program. The responsibilities entail learning the art and science of presenting public programs, developing content and strong practical application to a variety of audiences and settings including; natural history interpretation, experiential education, school program integration. Fellows will also be immersed in daily museum operations, nonprofit management fundamentals and apply knowledge in practical on site applications. This position offers collaborative and independent experiences in museum best practices, school and group management, event coordination, outdoor programs training and leadership including content knowledge in natural history, and animal handling experiences. Wide breadths of place-based opportunities are available and change seasonally to provide professional growth and in-depth knowledge in museum based education.


Responsibilities and Tasks
-Develop and implement interpretive programs for museum visitors of all ages, including in- and outdoor experiences; green technology programs, behind the scenes tours, canoe trips, live animal encounters, and more informal opportunities
-Assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, exhibit upkeep, staff scheduling, and visitor engagement
-Assist with greeting, teaching and supervising school and other group programs
-Create positive experiences for museum guests, and assist with their needs and questions
-Event manage, coordinate and develop unique museum based experiences including some evening programs
-Learn how to utilize innovative technologies, communicating complex content utilizing platforms such as Science on a Sphere
-Handle and interpret native animals including reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals
-Co-lead two hour interpretive canoe and stand up paddleboard programs for beginner paddlers on flat water
-Manage the outdoor campus such as hiking the grounds, organizing the outdoor play area, and other related tasks
-Collaborate with all departments: Animal Care, Facilities, Development, Admissions, and Volunteers to manage events, projects and programs as assigned
-Required work schedule includes weekends, some evenings, and longer days as well as available for a full year starting January 7th, 2018- December 31st, 2018

-Completion of a 4 year degree at an accredited college or university in science, arts, environmental education, interpretation, or a related field or relevant, equivalent experience
-Strong skills in communication, public speaking, customer service, writing, and computers. Additionally skills in art, multimedia and graphic arts are desired
-Must be highly motivated, organized and want to work in a fast-paced museum on collaborative and independent projects
-Previous teaching experience in a museum, school, nature center, park or zoo setting
-Ability to lead 2 mile plus walks or snowshoe hikes on uneven terrain, and lift over 50lbs
-Prior knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Adirondack region and identification skills helpful
-Interest in handling captive animals, including reptiles and amphibians
-Experience with stand-up paddleboards or tandem canoes on flat water with skills in instruction preferred. Comfort on water & swimming necessary
-Valid driver’s license highly preferred

Compensation and Benefits
-$350 weekly stipend (~40 hour work week)
-Shared, fully equipped housing in Tupper Lake, NY (does not include board)
-Certifications: Interpretive Guide Certification from NAI and CPR and First Aid, New York State Guide Certification, Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguarding (optional)
-Gain experience working for a LEED certified facility featuring 50 species of live animals, on 115 acres along the Raquette River; gain knowledge of the Adirondack Park and Not for Profit foundational understandings
-Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program development and delivery
-Museum staff can support you to apply your work to an existing graduate program if desired (must be confirmed prior to hiring)

Application Instructions: Please send a resume, cover letter (including how you learned of this position) and the contact information of three references to Tawnya Kentile at tkentile@wildcenter.org. Use subject line “2018 Museum Residency Fellowships” and send all documents as 1 PDF with your first and last name as the title. Materials will be accepted through 5:00 pm EST on October 27th, 2017. We will not be able to respond to individual inquiries or phone calls.

Paid Internship Info:



40 hours per week


1 year

Start Date:

January 7, 2018

End Date:

, December 31, 2018

October 27, 2017, 5:00pm EST
Museum  Non-profit  Education  Environment 
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