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Life Science Programs

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Job Field:
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Job Description:

This unpaid internship provides an opportunity to learn about the life science programs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History and help educate visiting guests and school groups during public programs and field trips. With this position, interns will have the opportunity to lead interpretive nature hikes and public animal presentations. A background in ecology, biology, zoology and/or education is ideal. Applicants must be interested in both outdoor ecological programming and public live animal presentations. 

  • Assist Education Programs staff with forest programming and animal presentations

 Assist animal care staff with regular animal care tasks, including but not exclusively: enclosure maintenance, feedings, records and insect maintenance.

 Become familiar with and handle members of Fernbank Museum’s live animal collection. Live animals include reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and mammals.

 Assist education staff with various program preparations and planning.

 Assist small school groups in interpretive nature hikes and restoration activities including removing invasive species (by hand and with tools) and planting native species; assist with orientation and supervision of students.

 Assist Education Staff with other programs and tasks as needed. Time will not be divided equally between animal and environmental programs. 

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 education, biological sciences, exhibit interpretation or related fields.

 Comfortable working a combination of indoor and outdoor for multiple hours, with some varied terrain.

 Comfortable working hands-on with live reptiles and invertebrates.

 Strong interest in working directly with student groups and Fernbank Museum visitors.

 Good interpersonal skills and experience working with the public.

 Willingness to learn about the programs 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 basic restoration activities (bending, digging, some lifting, working with tools, etc). 

How to Apply:

Send resume, availability for each term to which you are applying and cover letter to