This unpaid internship provides an opportunity to learn about current and future ecological restoration efforts on the Fernbank Museum of Natural History campus and help educate visiting school groups during outdoor field trips. With this position, volunteers will have the opportunity to lead interpretive hikes in Fernbank Forest and also assist with restoration activities such as removing invasive plant species and replanting native plant species in forested areas behind the museum. This position is equal parts science and outdoor education. A background in environmental education and/or restoration ecology is ideal.
- Shadow/observe field trips and read materials related to the program
- Assist in greeting and welcoming school groups
- Become well versed in the local ecology of Fernbank Forest and the Piedmont region of Georgia
- Co-lead small school groups in an interpretive hike through Fernbank Forest
- Assist small school groups in restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species.
- Help supervise groups
- Help develop curricula related to program
- Assist in maintenance and continued development of ecological restoration at Fernbank
- This description is not all-inclusive.
This internship will average 15-20 hrs/wk; A total of 150-200 hours is expected throughout the semester. Weekly hour totals will vary according to program offerings. There is some flexibility in scheduling if necessary.
- Background and/or strong interest in restoration ecology, botany, education (formal or informal), gardening, horticulture, or interpretation in an outdoor setting
Comfortable being outside for multiple hours in varied terrain
Strong interest in working directly with student groups (mostly middle and high school)
Good interpersonal skills
Experience working with the public
Willingness to learn about the program and study/work independently if necessary
Compliance with Museum policies and procedures
Must be able to work outdoors and walk/hike up to 2 miles and have physical skills necessary to perform restoration activities (involves some lifting, bending, digging, working with tools, etc.)
Interested candidates may submit a resume, availability for the term to which they are applying and cover letter to HumanResources@fernbankmuseum.org.