Internships: Wildlife Educator - Currituck County

All supplies and equipment are supplied by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All work-related travel expenses are paid by the Wildlife Resources Commission. All interns are paid overtime in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards act and agency policy. Please note that housing is the responsibility of the intern.

Project Name: Wildlife Educator 

This intern serves as an educator at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla, NC. The position will help conduct educational programs on aquatic resources, hunting heritage, and wildlife diversity topics.  The intern will work with a wide range of audiences but mostly with general public family groups.  The position will conduct conservation and outdoor skills programs such as fishing; birding; kayaking; beach exploration; and archery programs in addition to the Center's citizen science initiatives such as those on sea turtle conservation efforts.  The intern will also help with the husbandry and maintenance of the Center's 8,000 gallon aquarium and must be able to snorkel.  Position requires moderate physical ability in summer conditions.


Objective:

This position will work closely with OBCWE staff and volunteers to assist in the implementation of educational programs based at the Center and on the beach.  Programs are designed to facilitate the conservation of the state's wildlife and interrelated natural resources and the environment humans share with them. The intern will assist in the instruction of coastal wildlife education programs based at the Center. Programs focus on hunting and fishing heritage, wildlife diversity, and citizen science initiatives.


Project Location:

County: Currituck

Location: 1160 Village Road Corolla, NC 27949 Currituck County

Location Description: Field location such as a depot


Academic Majors:

Wildlife/Wildlife Biology, Biology, Fisheries, Science Education, Zoology, Natural Science, Natural Resource Mgt, Parks and Recreation, Conservation Biology, Environmental Education


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • General knowledge of N.C. wildlife, habitats and conservation.
  • General knowledge of fishing equipment, techniques and skills.
  • General knowledge of wildlife-watching skills.
  • General knowledge of wildlife education principles, concepts and techniques.
  • Ability to speak effectively before public gatherings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and other employees.
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with volunteers.
  • Ability to prepare written reports using Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to operate audiovisual equipment, motor vehicles, and hand tools.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with individuals and groups with a diverse range of educational backgrounds.

Tasks and Duties:

Create education materials (games, displays, and bio facts); deliver public programs; interpret gallery exhibits; communicate wildlife center updates with volunteers and regional partners; record program participation and survey data


Travel Required:

No travel required


Work Schedule:

Weekdays (M-F);Occasional Weekends; Occasional evening or nighttime hours


Final Product:

In addition to the experience and knowledge gained by the intern, this internship will increase the number of education and conservation experiences that can be offered free to the public through the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.


Knowledge Gained:

The intern will learn the dynamics and principles of non-formal education, gain public speaking skills, and manage group dynamics of diverse age and composition.  The intern will also gain knowledge and experience with hunting and fishing practices, NC wildlife populations and conservation issues, and actively participate in the Center's Citizen Science initiatives which involve training and supporting local citizens to monitor the health and status of wildlife populations and provide data to WRC and other state biologists. They will gain not only professional experience in education and wildlife conservation but they will also be intimately exposed to the value of volunteer citizen involvement in WRC efforts.