Naturalist Intern

Posted Mar 04, 2019
Naturalist Intern

Title of the position: Naturalist Intern Location:  Asbury Woods Nature Center, Erie PA 

Application Deadline: Open, until position is filled

Dates: Summer internships may be completed May – August 2019

Schedule: 25 hours/week on average – 350 hours total

Stipend: $500 stipend paid in two increments over the internship, once at the completion of 175 hours and once at 350 hours

Position overview:

For students who are pursuing degrees in the fields of environmental science, natural sciences, parks and recreation, botany, biology or other related programs, this internship is an opportunity to gain experience working at non-profit, connecting people to nature.  Interns will have the opportunity to learn about planning and developing educational, recreational, and interpretive programming for visitors to the nature center. Interns will also work with Educations staff to provide daily care, feeding, and enrichment for our exhibit animals.  Interns will interact with visitors of all ages to provide positive experiences. Interns will learn about the practices and day to day operations of a busy nature center. Naturalist internships begin in May 2019 and end August 2019 and are available to current students and recent graduates.  Naturalist interns work 25 hours/week, on weekdays, some weekends and evenings, as needed.

Application Process: To apply for the naturalist intern position, please email a completed application form, cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to Kelley Lang,  Only submissions received electronically will be considered.           


  1. Students pursuing Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural sciences,  parks and recreation, botany, biology or a related field.
  2. Background or strong interest in nature, science or outdoor recreation
  3. Experience interacting with members of the public in a professional or educational setting or volunteer capacity
  4. Some experience working with children is a plus, either as a volunteer or in a paid position.
  5. CPR, first aid and anaphylactic epinephrine auto-injector training, provided by Asbury Woods, must be completed as part of the internship experience.
  6. All state and federal background checks required by PA for volunteers who have direct contact with children must be obtained by EE interns.

Supervision:  Naturalist interns are supervised by the Director of Education and Community Programs

Performance responsibilities:

  • Assist Education staff with the development and delivery of group programs on environmental topics for children
  • Supervise school-aged children participating in summer camp extended care.
  • Assist Education staff in the delivery of the Preschool Sprouts program
  • Maintain supplies needed for programs and exhibits.
  • Work with other interns as a team to deliver positive visitor engagement experiences during operating hours.
  • Develop an interpretive walk and present it to the public
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Asbury Woods Director of Education.