Do you enjoy working with children and families and care about the natural world? An Education Internship provides on-the-job 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 the Education Department and volunteers on a variety of education programs and projects. Interns will complete a project and present it to staff at the completion of the internship.
The Wildflower Center could not realize its mission without education, and it has 279 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas with nature trails throughout to use as a classroom. Join us in using this amazing space to demonstrate the importance, beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants.
Fall and 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. 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 the Center at community outreach events and other duties as requested.
Available hours: Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; must be able to commit to at least Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for children’s programs and occasional weekends for special events and programs.
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. Work with, train and supervise volunteers during programs and special events. Organize and maintain self-guided activities in the Little House. Some weekend availability required for Nature Play activities from 9:00 a.m. – noon on Saturdays and Sundays in the Family Garden.
Available hours: Monday – Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. (must be able to commit to Thursday evening events in June).
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 Education Internships
|Program||Application Deadline||Start Date||End Date||Availability|
|Spring||January 22||January 25
|20 hrs minimum, weekdays and some weekends|
|Summer||May 1||June 6
|Part-time or full-time for nine weeks, weekdays and some weekends|
|Fall||August 26||September 12
|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.
How to Apply
Applicants from both the United States and abroad are encouraged to apply. All applicants must complete and send in the following:
- Résumé with relevant coursework and work history
- College transcripts, unofficial transcripts are acceptable\
- 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 specifically
Email cover letter, résumé, transcripts and letters of recommendation to Tanya Zastrow. Please, no phone calls.
A criminal history background check is required for all candidates under consideration for Wildflower Center positions. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.