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NATURALIST INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION~ BARABOO, WI
The International Crane Foundation (ICF) is seeking to fill 4 Interpretive Naturalist Internship positions in 2015.
 
Background:
ICF is a leader in the conservation of the world's 15 crane species and is dedicated to providing experience, knowledge, and inspiration to involve people in resolving threats to cranes and the ecosystems vital to their long-term survival. ICF's world headquarters is located in Baraboo, WI one hour north of Madison, WI. ICF is open to the public every day from April 15th to October 31st each year and all of the world’s 15 crane species are on live-display at our facility. These cranes, our interpretive tours, interactive exhibits, multimedia theater, and nature trails attract more than 25,000 visitors each season. In order to achieve our mission, the Communications and Education Department disseminates ICF’s message as widely as possible, both on-site and through outreach work, using the latest technologies available and by selling annual memberships to support ICF’s conservation initiatives. For more information, please visit our website at www.savingcranes.org
 
Description:
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.)
 
The Interpretive Naturalist Internship begins March 2nd, 2015 and runs through November 20th, 2015. A $550/month stipend and comfortable on-site housing accommodations are provided at no charge. Applicants should be prepared to live in a co-ed communal living situation and be able to work outdoors everyday in all weather conditions found in Wisconsin. Interpretive Naturalist Interns will work weekends and usually have two consecutive days off during the work week. The ICF campus is located 10 miles from downtown Baraboo, WI. 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. ICF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications:
Two years of college or an equivalent practical experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to teach diverse audiences in a non-formal setting; aptitude to provide exceptional customer service; and be able to work cohesively as a member of the ICF team. 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.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should send a one page cover letter, resume (no more than two pages), and contact information for three references to: Mr. Cully Shelton, Interpretive Programs Manager (cshelton@savingcranes.org).
Positions are open until filled. The closing date for this job posting will be Friday, February 27th, 2015.

NEAL SMITH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
2015 Spring and Summer
Visitor Services/Environmental Education Internship

Location: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is located 20 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa. The Refuge consists of 5600 acres, 3000 of which has been returned to prairie. Bison and elk roam an 800 acre enclosure, while white-tail deer, mink, coyotes, owls and numerous songbirds also wander throughout the Refuge. The hundreds of plants that make up the prairie landscape create an ever-changing kaleidoscope of color. Interns will have a fantastic opportunity to explore this endangered ecosystem.

Duties: Interns will assist Neal Smith NWR staff in a diversity of Visitor Services projects including: environmental education, curriculum development, program presentations, Partner School Program development, staffing the Visitor Center information desk, assistance with public special events, and trail maintenance.

Benefits: The internship will generally run 9 - 12 weeks, working 40 hours a week, and are available in spring, summer and fall seasons. The spring internship will last from April to June, while the summer internship will be from June to August. The intern will receive a stipend of $3600 to $4800 for 9-12 weeks respectively. Refuge staff will work with students to fulfill internship credit requirements at individual universities, including assigning independent projects. Housing is not provided. There are several rental opportunities in the local area.

Qualifications: Anyone interested in applying should be able to work independently or in small groups, have excellent verbal/writing skills, and have a background in environmental education, interpretation or a related field. Basic computer skills and a valid driver’s license are required.

To Apply: For spring and summer internships, the following must be received by February 14, 2015: 1) a one-page cover letter describing personal background and interests, 2) a detailed resume noting education, experience, skills, and including three references and their phone numbers 3) unofficial college transcripts, 4) a letter of recommendation including the name, affiliation, address, telephone, and email address of the person writing the letter. Information should be sent to: Megan Wandag, Visitor Services Specialist, Neal Smith NWR, P.O. Box 399, Prairie City, IA 50228 or megan_wandag@fws.gov.

For additional information, contact Megan Wandag at (515) 994-3400 or Megan_Wandag@fws.gov or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/neal_smith.


SEASONAL NATURALIST JOB OPPORTUNITIES

DES MOINES Y-CAMP~ BOONE, IA
Environmental Education Naturalist
Des Moines Y-Camp, Boone, Iowa

Three (3) full time, temporary positions Mar-May working primarily with students 4th through 6th grade. Includes working some evenings and weekends.

Qualifications:
Undergraduate degree in biology or related field.
Prior experience teaching children and adults.
Enthusiasm, poise, leadership, and flexibility.
Current drivers' license.
CPR and First Aid certification (or willing to obtain in the first month of work).

Duties:
Teaching value-based, environmental education programs for schools and
general public. Grades 4-6 participate in residential programming
including ecology, geology, birds, history, survival, and evening programs.
Hosting and programming group camping weekends.
Assist in developing new programming.
Care and cleaning of birds of prey.
Other duties as assigned.

Compensation:
$60/day
On-site housing.

Application: Cover letter, resume, 3 references

Contact: Mike Havlik, YCAMP 1192 166th Drive, Boone, IA 50036
(515) 432-7558

Filing Date: January, 2015 Position starts March 23

SUMMER INTERNS~ WOODBURY COUNTY
Summer Naturalist/Habitat Management Interns (4 positions)
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa
Description: Each 12-week position will run approximately May 26 through August 16,
2015 and will offer opportunities to actively participate in environmental education (EE),
public information, nature interpretation activities and habitat management. The summer
naturalist(s) may assume assigned tasks of increasing responsibility.
Duties:
Assist the staff naturalists with planning and conducting nature interpretation and EE
program activities for a wide range of audiences; plan and conduct summer day camps;
plan and conduct public education programs and special events; assist with nature center
exhibit maintenance and animal care; assist with habitat management such as prairie
shrub removal and trail work; participate with publicity and public informational
activities as assigned; assist with center host duties as assigned; maintain working
relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as assigned.
Shift: The summer naturalist(s) will work no more than 40 hours per work week
(non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).
Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a
current, valid driver’s license; have the ability to get to and from the work-site; ability to
use hand and small power tools and be physically able to work in extreme
environmentally rigorous situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Candidate must pass
physical and drug screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury County.
Salary: $9.00 per hour
Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015
To Apply: Request application from Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury
County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St., Sioux City, IA 51101. Phone: 712-258-0838.
A job application can be downloaded at
http://www.woodburyparks.com/employment.html
Please INCLUDE job application, resume, and cover letter in application and mail to
Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.,
Sioux City, IA 51101. ATTN: Conservation.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”
 


MISCELLANEOUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGER~NAHANT MARSH, DAVENPORT
Description

Nahant Marsh seeks a Natural Resources Manager to coordinate natural resource-related efforts at the preserve. This will be a 30 hour per week position.

Duties
• Select and assign staff, ensuring equal employment opportunity in hiring
• Coordinate activities by scheduling work assignments, setting priorities, and directing the work of subordinate employees
• Coordinate and direct natural resources volunteers, including Friends of Nahant Marsh
• Assist with planning and conduct public education programs and special events
• Write grants and seek other funding sources to support natural resources activities
• Ensure safety as a priority for themselves, workers, volunteers, and visitors
• Gather and assess data; create GIS maps
• Maintain records, prepare reports and compose correspondence relative to the work
• Determine natural resources management needs and opportunities
• Formulate policies, procedures, plans for existing, and new natural resource related activities
• Direct and assist with restoration and management activities
• Assist with facility maintenance duties as needed
• Write newsletter articles
• Maintain working relationships with other employees and the public
• Perform related tasks as assigned

Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Natural Resources, or a related field
• Minimum of 2 years experience working in the conservation field
• Experience working in wetlands
• Management/leadership experience
• Eagerness to learn and share knowledge
• Willingness to work with people from all backgrounds and talking to the media
• Self-motivated, able to follow directions and work independently
• Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
• Federal Wildland Firefighter Certification within 12 months of hire
• Chainsaw safety training within 6 months of hire
• Pesticide applicators license within 6 months of hire
• CPR/First Aid
• Knowledge of budgets and grant writing
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products: Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
• GIS preferred
• Successful candidate must have strong written and oral communication skills, negotiation skills, and diplomacy and be able to work effectively within teams
• Criminal background check

Preferred Skills and Knowledge
• Construction skills
• Equipment operation and management
• Knowledge of Midwest wildlife, flora, and natural history
• Previous field research experience
• Independent planning and execution of specific tasks
Hours of Work

The Natural Resource Manager will be a part-time (30 hours per week) position. Work will be Monday –Friday, with occasional weekends and evenings as needed. Opportunity to attend professional conferences/workshops/trainings

About Nahant Marsh:

Mission: The mission of Nahant Marsh is to preserve and enhance the ecological integrity of the marsh and to foster wonder, appreciation, interaction, and stewardship of the natural world through education.

Nahant Marsh Education Center, a non-profit, is a 265 acre treasure nestled in Southwest Davenport, IA. It is part of a 513 acre wetland complex that is bordered by the Mississippi River, Interstate 280, and Iowa Highway 22. The marsh area encompasses different community types including prairie, bottomland forest, open-water habitat, and a marsh–all surrounded by suburban, industrial, and agricultural land. Nahant Marsh is growing and excited to be able to open this position.

Instructions for Applying
Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references by January 12, 2015 to:
Nahant Marsh Education Center
ATTN: Brian Ritter
4220 Wapello Avenue
Davenport, IA 52802

Phone: 563.323.5196
Email: britter@eicc.edu
Website: www.nahantmarsh.org

HABITAT STEWARDSHIP INTERN~ wOODBURY COUNTY
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Woodbury County Conservation Board, Sioux City, Iowa

Description: This 12-week position will run approximately May 26 through August 16,
2015 and will offer opportunities to actively participate in land stewardship and habitat
management activities in prairie and woodland environments.

Duties: Assist with conducting habitat management such as invasive species removal,
shrub removal, oak savanna and prairie restoration, and prairie planting; conduct mowing,
trimming and general park management tasks; assist with weeding, mulching, tree
trimming, and native landscaping projects; assist with trail maintenance and equipment
maintenance; assist with fence construction, repair and removal; maintain working
relationships with other employees and the public; and perform related tasks as assigned.

Shift: The Habitat Stewardship Intern will work no more than 40 hours per work week
(non-routine including some weekends, evenings and holidays).

Required Skills: Ability to work independently and in a group; possess a strong work
ethic and a sincere interest in preserving Iowa ecosystems; experience in safely operating
and maintaining mowers, motorized equipment such as All-Terrain Vehicles, power and
hand tools is helpful; ability to follow directions and learn new skills; general knowledge
and interest in outdoors and natural resources.

Qualifications: High School diploma or GED equivalent. The applicant must possess a
current, valid driver’s license; have reliable transportation and the ability to get to and
from different work-sites within a 45-mile radius of Sioux City; ability to routinely lift up
to 50 pounds; and be physically able to work in extreme environmentally rigorous
situations (heat, humidity, steep terrain). Candidate must pass physical and drug
screening tests prior to employment for Woodbury County.

Salary: $10.50 per hour

Deadline: Must be received by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015

To Apply: Request application from Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury
County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St., Sioux City, IA 51101. Phone: 712-258-0838.

A job application can be downloaded at
http://www.woodburyparks.com/employment.html
Please INCLUDE job application, resume, and cover letter in application and mail to
Human Resources Dept.—Rm 701, Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.,
Sioux City, IA 51101. ATTN: Conservation.
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”
 
 
 

             

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