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Summer Naturalist Internship

Summer Naturalist Internship

Reports to: Director of Education and Community Programs

Job Purpose

For students who are pursuing degrees in the field of this internship is an opportunity to gain experience work with visitors and connecting them to nature.  Interns will have the opportunity to learn about planning and developing environmental educational programming for children and adults. Interns will also be involved with our summer preschool programs, summer camp, and group visits while working with our Education staff.  Interns will also be involved with caring for the Center’s educational animals. Interns will learn about the practices and day-to-day operations of a busy nature center.

Application Process

To apply for the Summer 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.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Assist Education staff with the development and delivery of group programs on environmental topics for children and adults.
  2. Supervise school-aged children participating in summer camp extended care.
  3. Assist Education staff in the delivery of the Preschool Sprouts program.
  4. Maintain supplies needed for programs and exhibits.
  5. Work with other interns as a team to deliver positive visitor engagement experiences during operating hours.
  6. Develop nature-focused programs and guided hikes to the public.
  7. Under the supervision of the Education staff, deliver daily care to exhibit animals.
  8. Any other duties as assigned by the Asbury Woods Director of Education.


  1. A college degree in progress. Preferred degrees include environmental science/studies, biology, geosciences, natural sciences, education, outdoor recreation management, wildlife conservation, or closely related fields.
  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 naturalist interns.

Naturalist Interns (3 positions available)

Location:  Asbury Woods, Erie, PA
Application Deadline:  Open, until the position is filled
Dates:  Summer internships may be completed May - August 2021
Schedule:  25 hours/wk  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

Asbury Woods follows all applicable COVID-19 safety procedures for staff

Working conditions


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job functions of the Program Assistant position (listed within Position Specifications) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

Position Specifications

Physical demands

  1. Able to perform work-related tasks in various indoor and outdoor environments.
  2. Frequent and repetitive use of a computer, including email and other input and retrieval.
  3. Standing for extended periods of time.
  4. Manual dexterity to use hand tools and office equipment.


  1. Ability to work as a member of a team
  2. Must be courteous to the public and co-workers
  3. Must be cooperative, congenial, service-oriented, and promote these qualities at Asbury Woods
  4. Demonstrates and advocates for inclusiveness in environmental education
  5. Must be able to respond to directions and accept constructive feedback
  6. Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions
  7. Must be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Cognitive Ability

  1. Ability to follow verbal and written directions
  2. Ability to read and respond to written correspondence
  3. Ability to complete assigned tasks with some supervision
  4. Ability to read, write, and do complex computations
  5. Ability to use correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling
  6. Ability to compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs
  7. Ability to exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks and problem solving
  8. Ability to communicate effectively to the public

 Sensory ability

  1. Visual acuity to read correspondence and computer screen
  2. Ability to speak clearly and distinctly

 Review Date: 3/25/21