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Interpretive Naturalist Internship

Sponsor International Crane Foundation
About The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill four Interpretive Naturalist Internship positions in 2014. Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest/background in the fields of interpretation, environmental education, conservation biology, ornithology, education, graphic design, film/documentary production, or other related fields.
Duration 8 Months
Objectives Interpretive Naturalist Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working with the ICF Communications and Education Department and will: Develop and lead daily interpretive tours at ICF for visiting schools, community organizations, private groups, families, and the general public. Interact and assist the general public with the sale of admission tickets, gift shop merchandise, annual memberships, and overall ICF site orientation on a daily basis. Conduct duties associated with opening/closing the visitor center, exhibits, and gift shop on a daily basis. Achieve experience planning, designing, and evaluating interpretive programs and written materials. Learn about ICF project initiatives related to crane ecology, behavior, and husbandry; field conservation and ecology; and ecosystem restoration techniques and processes. Have the opportunity to volunteer with other departments and participate in job shadow experiences at ICF. Gain exposure to wildlife conservation methods and endangered species management. Meet and work with a variety of international colleagues and professional staff at ICF. Educate and inspire people of all ages and walks of life about the world?s 15 crane species and the ecosystems on which they depend. Assist in the completion of one or several projects related to the goals, work plan, and objectives of the ICF Communications and Education Department (e.g. help design and develop self-guided written or audio media; write, film and edit short films about ICF?s work; create, test, and evaluate interpretive programs; design interpretive wayside panels; organize and implement on-site events; or research policy related projects and initiatives, etc.).
Eligibility Applicants should have: two years of college or equivalent practical experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; the ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting; an aptitude to provide exceptional customer service; and, be able to work cohesively as a member of the ICF team. All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States at the time they apply. Candidates without a work visa must obtain one before they will be considered for an internship.
Funding The Interpretive Naturalist Internship begins March 3rd, 2014 and runs through November 22nd, 2014. A $550 per month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge.