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2015 Summer Naturalist Internship

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Company/Organization: The Wild Center


The Wild Center seeks multiple Summer Naturalists to work with our dynamic education staff at a world class not-for-profit natural history museum in the heart of the Adirondack Park. The Wild Center is devoted to “igniting an enduring passion for the Adirondacks, where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world.” 2015 Summer Naturalists will be heavily involved in an exciting new experience Wild Walk, a four story, outdoor elevated journey into nature on The Wild Center’s grounds.

Responsibilities and Tasks
• Develop and implement interpretive programs for museum visitors of all ages, including outdoor experiences along the grounds and on Wild Walk, natural history walks, green technology programs, behind the scenes tours, canoe trips, live animal encounters, Science on a Sphere programs, general watercolor programs, and many more informal interpretive opportunities
• Handle reptiles and amphibians
• Assist with daily, two hour canoe programs for beginner paddlers on flat water from The Wild Center
• Provide basic, beginner art programs focused on watercolors in Moments, a new art experience in the center of the museum
• Implement school and camp programs for kindergarten through college groups
• Assist staff with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials and rotating Naturalist on Duty shifts
• Gain in depth knowledge of Adirondack natural and cultural history
• Attend/manage evening programs/events as needed
• Collaborate with all departments, including Animal Care, Facilities, Development, Admissions, Volunteers, and more
$250 weekly stipend (~40 hour work week)
• Shared, fully equipped housing in Tupper Lake, NY (does not include board)
• Interpretive Guide Certification from the National Association for Interpretation
• The opportunity to work on Wild Walk, a brand new outdoor experience that doubles the exhibit space of the Center, as well as working in a state of the art facility on a 51 acre site on the Raquette River featuring over 70 species of live exhibit animals and silver LEED certification for green building design and sustainability initiatives in the Adirondack Park.
• Develop valuable skills as an interpreter and a deeper knowledge of the Adirondack Park
• Formal training opportunities and ongoing mentorship in the principles of interpretation and interpretive program development/delivery
• CPR and First Aid certification if necessary
• Museum staff will work with you to gain college credit if desired (must be confirmed prior to hiring)


• Minimum 2 years (4 years preferred) completed at an accredited college or university in natural sciences, environmental education, natural history interpretation, or a related field.
• Must be a highly motivated and organized individual with excellent communication skills and customer service skills and have a passion to work in a fast-paced museum setting.
• Must be able to lift over 50lbs and lead programs on uneven terrain in all weather conditions.
• Strong skills in public speaking, writing, and computers. Skills in multimedia and graphic arts desired
• Required work schedule includes weekends, some evenings and long days
• Must be available to work from May 18th through Labor day
• Experience or interest in working with innovative teaching technologies helpful, specifically graphic design, Science on a Sphere, and theater equipment.
• Prior knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Adirondack region and identification skills highly desired.
• Comfort with handling captive animals, including reptiles and amphibians
• Art knowledge and experience and/or interest desired to assist with new art installation
• Experience on flat water, paddling tandem canoes, and providing instruction highly preferred
• Previous teaching experience in a museum, nature center, park or zoo setting
• Valid driver’s license required
• Wilderness First Aid preferred but not required; CPR and basic first aid will be provided if needed

Paid Internship Info:

• $250 weekly stipend


40+ hours work week; weekends, some evenings, and


14 weeks

Start Date:

May 18, 2015

End Date:

February 21, 2014, Labor Day 2015

February 20, 2015
Additional Info:
About The Wild Center
Located in the heart of a six million-acre state park in northern New York, the mission of The Wild Center is to ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world. The Museums unique approach to environmental education is multidisciplinary, experiential and builds learning through exhibits and interpretive programs.

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