We are currently interviewing candidates for our Fall Raptor Rehab internship. Please check back in 2017 for more rehabilitation internship opportunities.
Teton Raptor Center is a nonprofit organization working to advance raptor conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation. We are located at the historic Hardeman Ranch, a Jackson Hole Land Trust protected property in Wilson, Wyoming. Our work has three key components:
• Education - Teton Raptor Center provides classroom and assembly programs for schools, as well as natural history and raptor ecology programs for students of all ages.
• Research - Teton Raptor Center leads important research and initiatives to help protect and sustain healthy populations of birds of prey and raptor habitat in collaboration with public land management and wildlife agencies, biologists, naturalists, students and community members.
• Rescue and Rehabilitation - Teton Raptor Center takes in injured, ill and orphaned birds of prey year-round, providing veterinary care and rehabilitation in an effort to return raptors to the wild.
Teton Raptor Center is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to help take our education programs to the next level through building capacity for STEM. The primary role of the AmeriCorps education intern is to develop curriculum and assemble activities for all types of learners that will complement the collection of live raptors housed at TRC. The AmeriCorps education intern will help tailor our interpretive programs based on the age and learning needs of participants. This experience will also include basic husbandry, handling, and training techniques for our education raptors as well as the opportunity to assist in delivering programs on- and off-site.
Under the supervision of the Senior Avian Educator, the AmeriCorps Education Intern will:
• Identify activities appropriate to our mission for different age levels and learning styles (PreK-12 as well as adult learners) using in-house activity guides, previous experiences, and online searches.
• Design basic lesson plans and correlate these plans to Idaho, Wyoming and National Standards for Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Art, and other academic areas as appropriate.
• Compile these activities into progressive, portable modules that can be readily accessed and taught both on and off the property.
• Modify and adjust some activities, where appropriate, for translation into other languages (with the help of others in the community if needed).
• Develop durable and professional looking visual aids and props for use in programs of all types.
• Teach programs on and off the property with live raptors on the glove under supervision of staff.
• Assemble activity guides/kits to leave with teachers after their program is complete. • Collaborate with staff to develop marketing materials that give a clear picture of what we have to offer.
• Assist with the development of an “education corner” on our website – activity guides, lesson plans, program information, and more.
• Collect feedback from teachers, when possible, after program delivery and work with the Senior Avian Educator to adjust activities accordingly.
• Learn how to handle some of the resident collection of raptors on the glove.
• Prepare diets, clean enclosures, and assist with daily maintenance of the resident collection when needed.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. • Strong communication skills, including the ability to compose lesson plans in a clear and consistent format.
• Familiarity with how to correlate lessons to the needs of teachers using state and national standards.
• Able to stay on task and complete assignments in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
• Creative and artistic (if not by hand, comfort with graphic design of visuals on a computer is a must).
• Punctual, reliable, and willing to put in a full day of work, every day.
• A love of nature, especially birds, and a desire to share that love with audiences of all ages (note – while academic background knowledge of education and/or ecosystems and conservation is helpful, it is not required to be successful in this position).
• Good health and fitness, including the willingness and ability to perform physically demanding tasks such as cleaning and lifting (up to 40 lbs.) and to work in unheated spaces during cold weather.
• In college or recently graduated and at least 21 years of age with valid driver’s license.
• Commitment to the entire internship timeframe and ability/flexibility to work Tuesday through Saturday each week at TRC (9:00a - 5:30p most days – times may be adjusted to accommodate for programs).
• Must be a United States citizen, a United States national, or a legal permanent resident of the United States
• Current CPR & AED for Adult and Child and First Aid Certification (we strongly encourage this, but it is not a requirement).
TASK & EXPERIENCE ALLOCATION:
• Curriculum/Activity Development: 65% winter - 25% summer
• Animal Husbandry and Care: 15% winter - 35% summer • Program Delivery: 10% winter - 25% summer
• Other Duties as Assigned: 10% winter - 15% summer
• Room and Board on the Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools.
• Training and professional development in educational philosophy, pedagogy, behavior management, risk management and leadership.
• Segal Education Award of $2,907.50 for half-time service term (900 hours) and $1,538.36 for quarter-time term (450 hours) upon successful completion of service. Please note the quarter-time term will be completed by April 2017 and the half-time term will be completed by September 2017.
• Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 21st, 2016. Final hiring decision will be made by November 11th, 2016.
• Please send your resume, three professional references, and a letter of interest as a single PDF document explaining your interest in our work and answer to this question: What do you expect to achieve as a result of this internship opportunity? Please send application materials to Senior Avian Educator Becky Collier (email@example.com) via email with the subject line: "2017 TRC AmeriCorps Intern Application." Please label your resume and cover letter document as follows: "First Name_Last Name_Internship Year_Internship.pdf" (Ex. Jane_Audubon_2017_AmeriCorpsIntern.pdf.).
This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or in most instances, religion. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.