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Environmental Education Summer Intern - DNERR

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is one of 29 National Research Reserves across the country whose goal is to establish, protect, and manage natural estuarine habitats for research, education, and coastal stewardship. It was established in 1993 and is a cooperative program between the State of Delaware and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Our mission at the DNERR is promoting effective stewardship of estuarine and coastal ecosystems through education, outreach, partnerships, and research. 

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is currently seeking applications for an Environmental Education Intern. The intern will learn about estuarine ecology and coastal processes and how to translate science information into age-appropriate learning materials and activities. The intern will also learn different teaching techniques to use in a classroom and informal settings and gain valuable hands-on science teaching experience, public speaking skills, leadership skills, and organizational skills. In addition, this internship provides opportunities to work with exhibits, including those with live animals.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the Internship the intern:
·        Will plan, write, and give an original one-hour interpretive public program
·        Will have a working knowledge of the differences between interpretation, and formal and informal education
·        Will be able to create engaging and effective social media posts
·        Will be able to safely and effectively lead both canoe and boat trips on flat water if in person
·        Will have improved public speaking and written communication skills 

·        Remote and/or St. Jones Reserve, Dover, DE 

Term of Service
·        Summer – 12 weeks
·        Full-time - 37.5 hours per week
·        Interact with reserve visitors and assist them as needed, be a front-line representative of DNERR
·        Assist with programs
·        Help plan and develop programs
·        Lead/Assist with weekend programs
·        Assist with staffing information booths at community events
·        Provide direction and answer questions of program participants
·        Help gather materials and assist in set up and clean-up for assigned program
·        Lead Nature walks: talking to and leading a group of kids or families on trails
·        Lead/Assist with canoe and boat trips
·        Report suggestions and observations
·        Assist in operation of the Visitor Center cleanliness, answer phone, answer questions, restock information brochures and guides and provide direction
·        Assist with school programs
·        Assist in the management of DNERR social media platforms
·        Other duties as assigned
Required Skills
·        Experience public speaking
·        Ability to work independently
·        Ability to communicate effectively
·        Possession of a valid driver’s license and own transportation