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The Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum is seeking to fill an environmental/naturalist internship position. Current students interested in gaining a perspective of a career at an arboretum, in a natural resources field, or horticulture are encouraged to apply.

Environmental/Naturalist Internship Position

This internship is designed for a student following an environmental/naturalist degree path with an interest in gaining a perspective of what it takes to access a career at an arboretum, in a natural resources field, or horticulture. The Environmental/Naturalist Intern assists the Arboretum staff in providing hands-on help with summer kid’s camps. This position also provides assistance to the Arboretum Society with other projects as needed.

Accountability: Reports to Education Programs Coordinator

Essential Responsibility:
• Work in cooperation with Education Programs Coordinator to develop summer program activities, and coordinate their implementation
• Identify the supplies and equipment needed to support classes and camps
• Research other Arboretums for family engagement ideas
• Communicate with participants throughout the duration of camps
• Incorporate the study of plants, animals, and nature into summer camp programs

Additional Qualities Needed:
• Become knowledgeable about the history of Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum & East Sioux Falls Historic Site
• Meet and greet all guests to the Jasper Educational Center and offer a warm welcome to the Arboretum
• Must be willing to work part time variable day shifts, for an average of 20 hours per week for 12 weeks.
• Time management skills
• Ability to work with children of all ages and abilities
• Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism
• Must possess a positive service-oriented attitude toward all guests and employees
• Ability to work cooperatively with diverse populations, demonstrating cultural competency and community awareness

Education Requirements:
College Student currently in environmental, plant studies, or other related field

Skills Required:
Knowledge and or experience with interactive instruction, especially in the field of natural sciences

Dates: June–August 2024
Application Deadline:
April 15, 2023

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