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Audubon has summer intern opportunities

The Audubon Community Nature Center has summer intern opportunities for college aged young people to share their love of the outdoors with children coming for discovery walks in May and June and day camps in July and August. Other opportunities are possible for college and high school students as well.

The Audubon Community Nature Center has several internships available for college-aged individuals.

Many Audubon interns go on to pursue degrees in environmentally related fields. Careers opportunities include biologists surveying for endangered species on construction sites, science teachers, herpetologists, nature center administrators, geneticists, forest service technicians, and nature educators.

Those who are 18 or older and want to gain experience as a nature educator can apply through Wednesday, March 5, for an Audubon Community Nature Center summer nature education internships.

Interns lead discovery walks for school students in May and June, serve as summer day camp counselors in July and August, participate in walks and classes for professional development, and assist with trail and ground work as well as daily operations of the Nature Center, including recycling, compost, cleaning, and maintenance.

In addition to income and possible college credit, summer nature education interns gain significant experience working with elementary-aged students, a better understanding of the workings of a small non-profit, knowledge of the natural world, and an appreciation that environmental education is a way of life, not a field of interest.

Full details for the position can be found at AudubonCNC.org/jobs.

For students who want the experience but do not have the qualifications for an internship, Audubon offers volunteer positions called counselors-in-training and junior counselors for high school students and assistant counselor positions for college students.

Anyone interested can contact Sarah Hatfield, education coordinator, at (716) 569-2345 or SHatfield@AudubonCNC.org.

The Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.

Visitors can visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski the six miles of trails and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.

For more information, call 569-2345, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook.

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