$300 bi-weekly cost of living stipend and dorm accommodation, including laundry, provided.

Description: The Conservancy’s Nature Center houses over 125 species of local wildlife including marine and freshwater fish and invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, and raptors. Participants in the 6-month Environmental Education and Animal Husbandry internship program will gain experience in several fields such as education, museum interpretation, and animal husbandry. You will also gain extensive knowledge of Southwest Florida’s unique ecosystems and assist the staff in bringing environmental awareness to thousands of students and visitors.

Essential Duties: Interns will work with native and non-native wildlife such as American alligators, snakes, turtles, amphibians, a variety of aquatic species, and non-releasable raptors. In addition, interns will assist with teaching daily environmental education programs for audiences of all ages and presenting live animals for these programs. Interns will also deliver environmental education programs to students in Pre-K through high school, lead afterschool programs, present daily public talks, and assist with Nature Center tours and special events. 

Education and/or experience

  • Applicant must possess a BS or BA in science and/or education
  • Environmental science/ecology, education or comparable background with a strong interest to work in a nature center and with diverse audiences of all ages.
  • Some teaching experience is preferable but not required.
  • Animal care experience is preferable but not required.

Qualifications/Work Environment:

  • Willingness to care for and handle (where appropriate) reptiles, raptors, invertebrates, amphibians, and fish.

  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.

  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages (public visitors, school groups, volunteers, fellow interns, and staff).

  • Willing and able to work weekends, holidays, early mornings, and evenings shifts.

  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and work outdoors in hot, humid and sometimes buggy conditions. 

For more information and to apply: https://conservancy.topdoghrrecruiting.com/job/279523/internship-environmental-education-animal-husbandry?s=cw