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Seasonal Internship Job Description

Reports To:  Lands Manager or Conservation Coordinator depending on weekly tasks.
General Function:  The Seasonal Internship position is designed to expose students to all aspects of work at a Nature Sanctuary. Interns are expected to perform duties in the areas of Grounds Maintenance, Conservation Projects, Trail Maintenance, Garden Maintenance, Animal Care, and Staffing the Visitor’s Center.
Status:  Temporary, non-exempt position, 40 hours per week
Salary: $8.50/hr with no benefits
Term:  Summer term starts June 4, 2018 and ends July 27, 2018 (M-F).  
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
LANDS WORK/GROUNDS MAINTENANCE:
Clearing trail corridors for visitors utilizing trail maintenance best practices.
Participate in the proper installation of new trails.
Mowing and weed-eating designated high use areas, around gardens, teaching platforms, and other structures.
Gardens:  weeding, watering, transplanting and thinning.
Clearing and cleaning paved surfaces and outdoor structures; maintaining a clear parking area.
Assist with equipment maintenance.
 
CONSERVATION:
Assist with weekly bluebird box monitoring and box repairs when needed.
Assist with weekly tree surveys.
Assist with species counts.
Species Inventory and Data entry - GIS experience a plus.
 
VISITOR CENTER STAFF:
Assist with Animal Care.
Assist with Visitor Check-in, data entry, and answering phones.
Assist with maintaining visitor center including light cleaning.
Assist with other activities as needed.
 
POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
 
Must be at least 18 years of age by June 3, 2018
Ability to be on time and available for full term
Conservation minded with a deep interest in nature and the environment
Enjoy working outdoors
Must be computer proficient
Ability to follow written and oral instructions
Ability to interact in a courteous and productive manner with diverse audiences
Solid problem solving and decision making skills
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Ability to multi-task; follow policies and procedures; prioritizes tasks
 
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 
Manual labor intensive
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of time, bend down and ambulate quickly.
Ability to work with a variety of tools and equipment including riding mower, weed-eater, rakes, shovels, mattocks, hand saws, etc.
 
Successful candidates are subject to a background check prior to hiring.
 
TO APPLY
Please complete the Summer Intern Application Form and submit electronically to Kristin Hopkins, Conservation Coordinator, kristin@owlshill.org
Application deadline is JUNE 1, 2018.  Due to the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

Seasonal Camp Instructor Job Description

Reports To:  Director of Education

General Function:  Ensure summer programming runs smoothly by assisting with the activities and overall operations. Owl’s Hill youth summer day camp program focuses on animals, conservation and the environment.

Status:  Temporary, non-exempt position, 40 hours per week

Term:  Camp starts June 4, 2018 and ends July 27, 2018 (M-F).  Mandatory training on Thursday May 31 and Friday June 1, 2018 (8 am – 4 pm).

Benefits of the Position: Gain leadership skills, learn about wildlife careers, gain experience working with youth, gain valuable knowledge of native plants and animals, and learn activity planning skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Responsible for the health, safety, supervision and well-being of summer camp participants.

Instruct curriculum utilizing age-appropriate lessons, activities, crafts, hikes & games.

Serve as a positive role model for youth.

Create a positive environment that encourages active learning for camp participants.

Participate in program activities (class time and outdoor activities) and work to involve all children in program activities.

Develop and maintain positive relations with all staff, parents, volunteers and participants.

Check identification of camper's guardians/parents at camper pickup.

Maintain supplies and equipment in good condition. Report damages.

Maintain a safe, orderly program area and report any damage. Inspect facilities daily.

Assist with the set-up and take-down of camp materials

Assist director with administrative tasks such as processing paperwork, photocopying, etc.

Attend all staff meetings.

Position may include supervising campers in early- or extended-day program.

Other duties as assigned.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

* Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
* Ability to interact in a courteous and productive manner with diverse age groups
* Solid problem solving and decision making skills
* Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
* Enjoys working with children in a youth development, camp, or education setting
* Ability to multi-task; follow policies and procedures; prioritizes tasks
* Enthusiasm and appreciation for the value of nature

QUALIFICATIONS
* Must be at least 18 years of age
* Experience working with children. Informal education experience or past summer camp experience – a plus
* Interest in nature and the environment
* Current First Aid and CPR certification – a plus

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
* There is manual labor during the set-up and break-down of camp activities
* Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
* Ability to work outdoors in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of time, bend down and ambulate quickly.

Successful candidates are subject to a background check prior to hiring. All staff are required to attend mandatory training on Thursday May 31 and Friday June 1, 2018 from 8 am - 4 pm (lunch will be provided).

TO APPLY

Please complete the Summer Camp Application Form (Word document) and submit electronically to Julie Eperjesi, Director of Education at info@owlshill.org

Application deadline is FRIDAY April 6, 2018. Hiring announcements will be made on or before Tuesday May 1, 2018. Due to the large number of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Owl’s Hill Nature Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

Summer Camp Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

The Counselor in Training (CIT) Volunteer Program is designed for young people age 12 to high school seniors who want to experience interactions with nature and enjoy learning and teaching others about the natural world. This non-paid program will help CIT’s gain valuable volunteer experience by assisting Summer Camp    Counselors monitor groups of children, lead craft activities, assist with set-up and clean-up, supervise games, and help with other fun camp activities.

Attributes of a Great CIT Volunteer

  • Exhibits a strong desire to learn and teach others about the natural world
  • Enjoys working with children ages 5 to 12
  • Friendly, outgoing, dependable, and courteous
  • Excellent listener and able to follow instructions
  • Comfortable working outdoors in a family-friendly environment
  • Energetic and ready to have fun!
  • 12 to 17 years of age before or on June 1, 2018

A Message for Parents/Guardians

  • The CIT volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity for your teen to develop leadership skills and learn about wildlife careers and in an interactive, hands-on environment.  Your cooperation, support and encouragement are essential to the success of your teen.
  • Reliable transportation to and from Owl’s Hill is vital for punctual arrival.
  • CIT schedules will be determined by a combination of expressed interest on application and the needs of Owl Hill’s staff.  Our goal is for CIT’s to be busy and engaged in learning!

Program Requirements

  • CIT application and signed waiver
  • Provide two letters of recommendation
  • Essay describing why you want to volunteer at Owl’s Hill and what you hope to gain
  • If selected attend interview
  • Attend CIT Orientation & Training

*May 26th 9-12pm*

  • Pay $25 fee that covers orientation and training materials, name badge, daily snack and Friday lunch. 
  • Fees are due on orientation day, May 26, 2018. Cash or a check made out to Owl’s Hill.
  • Volunteer a minimum of one full week but may choose to volunteer for as many as four weeks

Scheduling

  • Camp week commitments are Monday –Friday  8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • Volunteer Camp Aftercare Monday--Friday 3:30 pm--5:00 pm
  • Summer camp dates June 4-29 & July 9-27, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Waiver form at: www.owlshill.org/volunteer

Send completed information to:
545 Beech Creek Rd S.
Brentwood, TN 37027
Attn: Director of Education

 

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