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Naturalist Intern - Primitive Skills

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.

Internship Position Description:

This internship is UNPAID, but eligible for academic or course credit if approved by your educational institution. Looking for an intern to assist the manager of Irvine’s Native American educational site. Position is mostly outdoors and requires some strength and dexterity with hands.  

Position Responsibilities:

• Gather and prepare natural materials – wood, stone, plants and bone

• Help maintain Native American site including smoking wigwams, weaving mats and creating items from natural materials to use during programming

• Assist with planting and maintaining 3 sisters garden

• Create educational materials (signs, guides) for the Native American educational site

Hours:

• Flexible schedule

• Minimum of 10-12 hours/week

• Must be available Tuesday – Friday between 8am-4pm

Project Details: 

• Irvine is working to develop more interpretation for visitors at this educational site and create items to use during programming.  Making items from fire kits to cordage and baskets requires the collection of natural materials and often considerable time to process theses materials even with the advantage of modern tools.  Although this fun internship will teach many skills, the candidate also needs patience and persistence to spend the time it takes to, for instance, create a basket from coiled pine needles

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:

• Willing to learn new skills but previous experience working with wood or crafts an advantage.

• Previous experience with using tools and knives preferred

• Experience or interest in researching Eastern Woodland Indian tools, farming and culture

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, Maggie Winkler, 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.