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Internship - Deer Flat NWR Youth Engagement Coordinator

Internship - Deer Flat NWR Youth Engagement Coordinator



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Job Description


Position Summary 

Join the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge team as we work to become a trusted community asset, reflective of the entire community, that is equitable and collaborative in pursuit of our conservation mission. The Youth Engagement Coordinator intern will work with the community to co-design environmental education programs, develop and lead new programs that strengthen the voices of youth in conservation, and ensure that programs are inclusive and accessible to diverse communities. You will: *Facilitate interpretive, environmental education, recreation, and stewardship programs for youth and target audiences *Co-design and co-implement programs with community partners *Facilitate Idaho Jr. Duck Stamp art contest *Identify barriers that limit access to refuge programs, then implement solutions *Participate in refuge visitor services projects.



October 7, 2024 - September 28, 2025 (51 weeks)


Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate interpretive, environmental education, recreation, and stewardship programs for youth and target audiences
  • Co-design and co-implement programs with community partners to address community priorities and inspire participants to extend their connections with nature
  • Facilitate Idaho Jr. Duck Stamp art contest
  • Identify barriers that limit access to refuge programs, then implement solutions
  • Coordinate self-guided field trips and traveling educational trunk program


Marginal Duties 

  • Help plan events at the refuge and in the community
  • Conduct community outreach and engagement
  • Engage with refuge visitors, at the visitor center and elsewhere, to provide a safe and welcoming experience and to ensure understanding of refuge regulations
  • Help develop, coordinate, and implement site or issue specific outreach and communication
  • Coordinate Community Gallery in the refuge visitor center
  • There will be opportunities to shadow and assist with wildlife/habitat mgmt., maintenance, etc.


Required Qualifications 

  • Is passionate about nature and about connecting marginalized communities with outdoor recreation opportunities and resources
  • Is able, with instruction, to develop and teach environmental education and interpretation programs
  • Is able to connect with diverse audiences
  • Is open-minded and willing to learn
  • Has strong written and oral communication skills
  • Has strong organizational skills
  • Is comfortable and capable of working independently and as part of a team
  • Is a creative problem solver
  • Has experience working with adults and children in outdoor settings
  • Has excellent customer/visitor service skills
  • Is able to work outside in all weather conditions
  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 51 weeks. Position requires flexibility for some evening and weekend work
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Drive government vehicle as required for position
  • Interns must undergo a government background check if selected
  • This position Highly prefers the submission of a cover letter and resume detailing relevant experience and qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Culturally identifies as Latinx/Hispanic/Latino/Latina
  • Is bilingual Spanish-English
  • Has community outreach or engagement experience
  • Is good at networking and developing partnerships
  • Has knowledge of social media platforms and video editing programs



40 per week


Living Accommodations 

Housing is available in a lava-rock house built for the first refuge manager by the Works Progress Administration. Each intern will have a single bedroom in this 3-bedroom, 1-bath house. You will likely share the house with others. The house is at the refuge maintenance area, and is a 3-mile drive, or 1.5-mile hike or bike ride, from refuge headquarters where you will serve.



  • $600 weekly living allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • $1,100 to/from travel allowance (paid once)
  • $1,000 Duty Related Travel or Member Expense reimbursement funding (Receipt required)
  • Monthly Health Insurance (Optional)
  • All Weather Uniform (provided by SCA & Arborwear)
  • AmeriCorps Eligible (at fulfillment of 1700 service hours) valued at $7,395
  • PLC Eligible- age requirements apply (16-30; 35 if a veteran)

All allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes. 


Personal Vehicle Information



Additional Benefits 

Defensive Drive Training

First Aid/CPR

Health Insurance (optional for 12 months)

AmeriCorps: Eligible/Optional


Equal Opportunity Statement 

SCA strives to cultivate a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all staff members. SCA is committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. 


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