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Company/Organization: Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Description:

Paid Part-Time Summer Internship in Habitat Management

Riverbend Environmental Education Center is accepting applications for 2018 Summer Habitat Interns to assist with the stewardship of our 30 acre nature preserve. Four positions will be available so interns can expect to work in a team. The Habitat Interns, under the supervision of the Habitat Management Coordinator, will help maintain our trails, gardens, ponds, and meadow areas, and assist with our ongoing woodland restoration project. Tasks will include caring for varied native habitats, tending trees, weeding, mulching, pond maintenance, trail maintenance, stocking our woodpile, and the identification, mapping and removal of invasive species. This is a hands-on internship with most of the time spent outside in nature.
Interns will spend one morning a week helping to run a Teen Volunteer Program and one afternoon assisting with camp activities to give a well-rounded Riverbend experience. In addition they may help with preparation for special events and general maintenance.
Management tasks will include working with individual volunteers, and helping to mentor and manage the Teen Summer Volunteer Program.
Successful applicants can expect to gain practical habitat management experience, as well as volunteer management skills and insight into the running of an environmental non-profit.
The Habitat Interns will work approximately 10 weeks for 12/hours week, and will receive a stipend of $7.50/hour. Work weeks are flexible to accommodate family vacation plans but the interns must be available for 10 weeks of work between mid-May and mid-August. Three mornings per week are strongly preferred. Specific days of the week will be determined by the Intern and the Habitat Management Coordinator and in coordination with other interns, but must include Wednesday, which is when we offer the Teen Volunteer Program and the opportunity to help with camp. College credit can be arranged by the intern and his/her college, if desired.
Requirements:

Riverbend is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. We are not accessible by public transportation, so interns would need access to a car. Interested students should contact Lorna Atkinson, Habitat Management Coordinator at latkinson@riverbendeec.org or 610-527-5234 x110 for an application. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Qualifications:

• College student or recent graduate over the age of 18
• Child Abuse and Criminal Background checks
• Current driver’s license
• Experience with and/or interest in gardening, ecology, botany, environmental studies, conservation, or landscape architecture
• Ability to work independently and in groups
• An outgoing leader who can comfortably supervise other volunteers, especially teenagers
• Physically strong and able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather and on a hilly terrain

Paid Internship Info:

Stipend of $7.50/hour

Hours:

12/hours week, must include a Wednesday

Length/Availability:

10 weeks between mid-may and mid-august

Start Date:

05/21/2018

End Date:

04/25/2018, 08/10/2018



Deadline:
04/25/2018
Tags:
environment  green  nature  habitat  outside   
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