Spring Outdoor Education Internship for credit

Exploring the Herb Garden

There are many plants to see and smell in the Herb and Butterfly Garden.

Position: Outdoor Education Internship, unpaid.

Applications accepted: January 1-March 1
Start Date: Mid-May (more details below)

General Description: Lead Discovery Walks for K-7th graders. Attend walks and classes led by naturalists and volunteers for professional development (often includes bird-banding, wildflower ID, bird-house monitoring, Citizen Science Projects, and more). Assist with daily operations of the nature center (including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance).


  • at least 18 years of age
  • interest, comfort in, and knowledge of the natural world
  • experience working with children
  • must be in good physical condition, able to navigate outside in all weather
  • enthusiasm for learning and sharing


  • familiarity with Jamestown Audubon
  • planning to enter an environmental field or hope to teach environmental and/or science topics or elementary age students


  • Wage. Unpaid.
  • Mid-May through mid-June. (Exact start and end dates are negotiable).
  • 30-40 hours/week, 120 hours. Typically the day will begin at 9am and end at 3pm. There will be some days that start earlier. Monday through Friday hours are expected, weekends optional.
  • School credit. If applying for school credit, we must have the internship requirements from your school with your application (number of hours/credit, if a project is required, if certain activities must be completed, etc.). Typically this is a one credit internship.
  • Discovery Walks. In May and June we lead guided walks for K-7th grade students. The job of the walk leader is to engage the students in meaningful learning activities along the way and to make sure the group keeps to a specified schedule. Training and observation is provided before the first solo walk. For more information, visit our on-line training manual at http://trailguidetraining.wordpress.com/.
  • Job Shadowing: you will shadow staff and volunteers engaged in various aspects of running the nature center.

Intern Project. Each year, ourintern chooses a project. Past projects have involved the creation of displays, such as a poison ivy display or compost interpretation. Other projects are possible and we try to match your interest with the project.

What do we do for you?

You’ll walk away from this internship with experience working outdoors with groups of children ages PreK-7th grade. We provide learning opportunities in the form of a weekly hike with a naturalist, recommended reading materials, job-shadowing the various positions at a nature center, research projects such as bird banding, and off-site field trips.

We give you the opportunity to self-direct a project with staff oversight. You’ll have the opportunity to gain experience working with a collection of reptiles and amphibians as part of our education animal collection.

Finally, we hope you walk away with a better understanding that environmental education is a way of life, not a field of interest. Through experience, knowledge and action, your work here will give you the tools to shape the future and its citizens.

Things to Think About:We are looking for someone for whom this experience will be more than just a job. We want the person who considers this an important stepping stone in developing a meaningful career. In order to make sure this job is a good match, applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with Audubon by visiting the following websites, and, if possible, by visiting the Center.

  • Main Website: Obviously, the summer intern will not participate in everything listed! But being familiar with some of what we do throughout the year is a big plus.
  • School Programs: In May and June we will mostly see groups from area schools. This website is geared toward the principals and teachers. In particular, you may want to visit the “Fieldtrips” page as this is what we tell the teachers about Discovery Walks.

To apply: Please send a resume with references and cover letter to the address below. If you do not currently have a resume, you may use the job application form, located here.

Deadline to Apply:  March 1.  If selected, we would like to interview during spring break.

Apply to:  Sarah Hatfield, Jamestown Audubon, 1600 Riverside Road, Jamestown, NY, 14701 or you may email your application.  We do not post complete email address to avoid spam, but you may construct emails by using the first initial of the first name plus the last name, followed by @jamestownaudubon.org.