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Naturalist Intern - Curator of Educational Materials

Internship Responsibilities

Organization Description:

Irvine Nature Center is a non-profit educational organization that offers programs of environmental studies and natural science to children and adults of the greater Baltimore area. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

Position Description:

This position will allow you to learn many naturalist and curatorial skills, as well as experience some of the ways of teaching both children and adults about our natural world. Our ‘museum’ collections (skulls, butterflies, nests, etc.) have grown significantly in recent years and are in need of sorting, labeling, and reorganization.  In this position you will learn to use guides to identify items, then properly clean, label, and store them. You will also inventory and produce instructional materials about plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Position Responsibilities:

• Help create a curated collection of natural history specimens (study skins, skulls, eggs, etc.) 

• Inventory educational materials for a variety of classroom lessons and on-site field trips

• Prepare/collate print materials needed for environmental education programs

• Assemble/organize various manipulatives to be used in station-based lessons

Hours:

• Must be available Monday-Saturday between 9am-5pm

• 10-12 hours/week

• Flexible schedule

Project Details: 

During the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a high degree of staff turnover and forced significant changes to long-offered programs. As a result, both our museum collections and educational materials are in need of some TLC and restructuring. We are seeking an efficient and systematic volunteer who will inventory, replenish, and help organize both our educational specimens and lesson materials.

To Apply: 

Please fill out the Volunteer Application on our website at https://www.explorenature.org/get-involved/volunteer/ before sending your resume and three references to our Volunteer Coordinator, Maggie Winkler, at WinklerM@ExploreNature.org.

Skill Set Required

Qualifications:

• Strong organizational skills a MUST!

• Lack of squeamishness about working with dead animal parts (skulls, feathers, pelts, etc.)

• Genuine interest in learning about Maryland’s wildlife and ecology

• Experience or willingness to learn to create Excel spreadsheets of Irvine’s educational collections 

• Ability to create, print, and laminate formatted outlines, worksheets and labeled sketches

• Willingness to assist with school groups and public programs to learn how materials are used

Preferred Areas of Study/Major(s)

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Outdoor/Environmental Education, Human Services, Natural Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, or other related fields also considered.

Internship Location

Owings Mills, MD

Details

Semester: Spring (Feb - May)
Year: 2022
Hours per week: 10-20 hours
Workdays: Flexible
Pay: No

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Required Documentation: Resume, References, Other - Must complete our volunteer application.
Application Instructions If interested, please fill out the volunteer application on our website (https://www.explorenature.org/get-involved/volunteer/) or by reaching out to our Volunteer Coordinator at WinklerM@explorenature.org. 

Headquarters

11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

About Irvine Nature Center

Irvine is an environmental education organization. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature.

At Irvine, we guide learning.
We live green.
We foster respect.
And we thrive outdoors.