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Education Internship

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center exists to promote the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. We have 4 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. The educational component will consist of “on the job” training and special projects.

Responsibilities

Fall & Spring Internships:

Help coordinate volunteers working in the children’s Little House and the volunteers facilitating the learning station program for youth groups. Develop and teach hands-on age, appropriate activities when requested. Meet and greet self-guided school and youth groups. Assist education staff with various duties including educational programming for the new 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-F, 9:00a.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 youth group programs and occasional weekends for special events and programs, if possible.

Summer Internships:

Coordinate summer Nature Nights program for children and families. Nature Nights are fun explorations of plants, animals, and the ecology of Central Texas. Each evening features hands-on educational activities, interactive presentations, hikes with experts in their fields, and nature crafting for kids of all ages. 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 Volunteer Manager to schedule and confirm volunteers prior to events, work with volunteers to prepare materials before events, and coordinate volunteers during event. Set up and break down event with assistance. Assist Education Manager 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. 

Available hours: M-W- 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m., Th-10:00a.m. – 10:00p.m., (must be able to commit to Thursday evenings for events June 12 – July 24, 2014).

Interns will prepare and present a presentation on environmental education and what they have learned to the Education Department before completion of the program.

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.

Schedule for 2014 Education Internship 

Programs 

Application Deadline

Start Date

End Date

Availability

Spring 2014

January 24, 2014

February 1, 2014

May 31, 2014

20 hrs minimum, weekdays and some weekends

Summer 2014

April 18, 2014

June 2, 2014

(or sooner)

August 1, 2014

Full-time for 9 wks, weekdays M-Th

Fall 2014

August 15, 2014

(Flexible)

September 2, 2014

(Flexible)

December 19, 2014

(Flexible)

20 hrs minimum, weekdays and some weekends

Please note that these are unpaid internships. One to three interns will be accepted to each program.Housing is not provided, but assistance locating accommodations is available. Please inquire if necessary. Spring or Fall Programs are typically at least three days a week during the semester and are designed around the student’s class schedule. Times available are Monday through Friday 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. with occasional weekend events and projects scheduled. Summer Program is four days a week for 12 weeks. The schedule is Monday through Wednesday 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. and Thursdays 10:00a.m.-10:00p.m. with occasional weekend events and projects scheduled. Please note that summers in Texas are extremely hot. 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:

Anjoli Fry
Education Coordinator
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse AvenueAustin, TX, 78739512-232-0122
afry@wildflower.org

 


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