Environmental Education Internships- Petersburg, PA
Organization: Shaver’s Creek, PSU
Position Title: Environmental Education Internships
Location: Petersburg, PA
Hours and Compensation: $175/week; 45 hours/week
Application Deadline: Spring applications deadline is November 1, 2013
Shaver’s Creek is Penn State University’s nature center and environmental education laboratory seeking to enhance the quality of life by providing exemplary outdoor learning opportunities. Located twelve miles south of State College and the main campus of Penn State University, this multifaceted center offers environmental education programs for group visits, natural and cultural history exhibits, live birds of prey, amphibians and reptiles, hiking trails, native plant gardens, and more. The Raptor Center, providing perpetual care and housing for eagles, falcons, hawks and owls, is one of the few federally and state-licensed raptor facilities in Pennsylvania. Environmental Education Interns become an integral part of the Shaver’s Creek staff and are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the Center’s operation. A two-week orientation and training period is followed by seasonal program opportunities in both day and residential settings. Interns work with all ages, preschool to adult, and with a variety of groups, including schools, private organizations, clubs, and the general public. Program areas provide each intern an opportunity to work in planning, delivering and evaluating the center’s educational and recreational programming. The time an intern spends at Shaver’s Creek is demanding and intensely rewarding. You must have a sense of purpose, love children and animals, enjoy people, and possess a willingness to communicate a joy in and respect for our natural and cultural heritage.
Environmental Education internships are available during the winter/spring, summer and fall seasons, with an average work week of 45 hours (which does include some weekends). Multiple seasons are possible. Interns are valued members of the Shaver’s Creek staff. Benefits include a weekly stipend of $175/week along with on-site housing nestled in the woods away from park visitors, with a private bedroom. Interns are encouraged to participate in professional development workshops and regional conferences, and each season includes a three-day staff trip to another environmental center or a facility of interest. Interns also have a workspace with computer and Internet access. Career counseling, job listing resources, and assistance with resume writing are also provided.
How to Apply
To begin the application process, email your resume, cover letter and three professional references to the specific internship contact noted below. Environmental Education applicants must also complete the online Intern application form. The deadline for Spring applications is November 1, 2013. Phone interviews are conducted with top candidates. Visit www.shaverscreek.org for more information.