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Education Internship

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center exists to create, restore, and conserve healthy landscapes. We have 9 acres of gardens to demonstrate the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants and over two hundred acres of Texas Hill Country with nature trails throughout. A major part of the center’s mission and focus is on education.

The Education Internship Program at the Wildflower Center offers undergraduate and graduate students a hands-on experience in the exciting field of environmental education. Students will have an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to education programs in a public garden setting. Interns will work closely with Education staff and volunteers on a variety of education programs and projects.  Interns will complete a project and will present it to staff at the completion of the internship.

Responsibilities

Fall & Spring Internships:

Facilitate and lead the Mr. Smarty Plants Learning Station program for school groups.  Develop and teach hands-on age, appropriate activities for organized public programs such as Sprouts and Nature Play Hour. Meet and greet self-guided youth groups. Work with, train, and supervise volunteers during programs and special events.  Organize and maintain self-guided activities in the Little House.  Assist education staff with various duties including educational programming for the Luci and Ian Family Garden, special events that involve the Education Department such as plant sales, representing Wildflower Center at community outreach events, and other duties as requested.

Available hours: M-S, 7:00a.m.-5:00p.m., but must be able to commit to at least Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday mornings (9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.) for children’s programs and occasional weekends for special events and programs.

Summer Internships:

Participate in summer programs for children and families.  Assist with summer Nature Nights, a free evening event (6 total) for the whole family that attracts hundreds of people.    Prepare educational displays, craft materials, scavenger hunts, photocopied materials and other needs for all events. Communicate and confirm all program participants prior to events. Work with Education Department to schedule and confirm volunteers prior to events, work with volunteers to prepare materials before events. Assist with set up and break down of event. Assist Education Specialist with logistics, crowd control, and other tasks during events. Organize and store all materials after each event. Develop educational activities or other program materials as requested. Some weekend availability required for Nature Play Hour activities from 9:00-12:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays in the Family Garden.

Participate in the planning, execution, and evaluation of all summer programs and events for children and families.  Assist with Nature Nights by coordinating volunteers, preparing educational displays and activities, confirming program participants, and setting up and break down of the event.  Develop and lead activities for education programs such as Sprouts and Nature Play Hour.  Work with, train, and supervise volunteers during programs and special events.  Organize and maintain self-guided activities in the Little House.

Available hours: M-W,F & S 7:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Th-10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m., (must be able to commit to Thursday evenings for events June 11 – July 23, 2015).

Qualifications

Each intern will be required to fulfill a minimum 200 hour commitment during the times allotted for the individual program to which they were accepted. Candidates must be enrolled in a college natural resources, conservation, botany, environmental education, education or related field with an interest in working with children, families, and volunteers in a native plant garden setting. Candidates within a year of their graduation date will also be considered. Interns may be required to perform moderate physical activity such as bending, lifting, and pushing while working in an outdoor environment in hot temperatures

Schedule for 2015 Education Internship

Programs

Application Deadline

Start Date

End Date

Availability

Spring 2015

December 5, 2014

January 12, 2015

May 29, 2015

20 hrs minimum, weekdays and some weekends

Summer 2015

April 17, 2015

(Flexible)

June 1, 2014

(Flexible)

July 31, 2015

(Flexible)

Part-time or Full-time for 9 wks,  weekdays and some weekends

Fall 2015

August 14, 2015

(Flexible)

September 1, 2015

(Flexible)

December 18, 2015

(Flexible)

20 hrs minimum, weekdays and some weekends

Please note that these are unpaid internships. One to three interns will be accepted each season..  Applicants from both the United States and abroad are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must complete and send in the following:

• Resume with relevant coursework and work history

• Official college transcripts

• One letter of recommendation that reflects academic and work experience

• One page cover letter stating your interest in environmental education, what you would like to gain through an education internship and why you would like to intern at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Email, mail or fax the cover letter, resume, transcripts and letter of recommendation to:

Tanya Zastrow
Education Manager
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX, 78739
512-232-0122
tzastrow@wildflower.org

 

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