The summer environmental education internship at the Prince William Sound Science Center
is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in outdoor environmental and science education. We provide a variety of education programs to audiences of all ages, including day and overnight science camps, field courses and community events including the Copper River Wild Salmon Festival and community paddling days.
Interns are responsible for assisting education staff with program planning, implementation and evaluation, logistics support and participant supervision.
The position involves living and working outdoors and vigorous physical activity (lifting, hiking, kayaking, rafting).
Interns will receive a weekly stipend and housing.
Our mission is to provide tools and guidance to campers to increase their awareness of the interdependence of all ecosystems. We combine hands-on environmental science education with positive experiences in the outdoors to build a foundation of knowledge for campers to use as they grow into wise decision makers and good stewards of the land.
Our programs are located on the beautiful Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound regions of south central Alaska. The landscape provides an excellent classroom for participants (and staff) to explore the temperate rainforest, wetland, glacial, and marine ecosystems that make this area so diverse. With a student/teacher ratio of 4:1, we offer a high quality and personal learning experience for all of our participants. Campers attend from Cordova and other Alaskan communities, and throughout the United States.
All of our activities are exploration based, designed to help campers form a deeper scientific understanding of the ecosystems of the area and build personal connections to the land, while developing self confidence and teamwork skills.
Participate in planning sessions for summer education programs.
Assist in curriculum development for summer education programs.
Provide logistical support and participant supervision as needed for summer education programs.
Teach environmental education activities to participants ages 7-107.
Share in responsibilities of supervising campers during evening hours at camp, including overnights.
Help with the physical set up and take down/storage of the camp buildings and other supplies used during the summer.
Share duties in meal preparation, planning and cleanup.
Participate in all required trainings, including defensive driving, and bear and use of bear deterrents.
Come prepared to learn about the beautiful Alaskan landscape and have FUN!
High school diploma (college student or graduate preferred), valid driver’s license, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, good physical condition.
The internship pays a weekly subsistence stipend (2009 rate to be determined) and offers housing in Cordova. We offer partial reimbursement of travel expenses to offset the costs of travel to Cordova. Dates of the internship are May 18 - August 14, 2009. Please contact Lindsay for more information.
Send resume and cover letter, completed questionnaire, and names and phone numbers of three references, to:
Prince William Sound Science Center
PO Box 705
Cordova, AK 99574
Phone: (907) 424-5800 ext. 231
Fax: (907) 424-5820
Applications will be accepted until April 10, 2009.