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Museum Fellow Posted Oct 31
The Wild Center , Tupper Lake, NY
The Wild Center is seeking interns to participate in a ten-month museum fellowship position led by our experienced staff at a natural history museum in the heart of New York State’s Adirondack region. You will be immersed in daily museum operations; fellows will get a broad range of museum experience and are a key part of The Wild Center’s interpretive staff. You will be trained in the field of interpretation and museum standard methodologies and this position offers experience in school and group management, development, marketing, visitor services, and event coordination. You will grow your leadership skills and have the opportunity to develop your knowledge of natural history. This position involves handling live animals, which can include raptors, reptiles, mammals, and others. If you have passion and curiosity about what it takes to be a world-class museum, there is a place for you here.

Responsibilities and Tasks

During this fellowship, you will have the opportunity to learn in a variety of museum areas.
You will:

Develop and deliver programs for museum visitors, such as live animal encounters, behind the scenes tours, canoe trips, naturalist walks, and more

Assist with daily operations, including maintenance and development of education materials, exhibit upkeep, and visitor engagement

Work with a collection of approximately 40 species of native Adirondack animals including river otters, birds of prey, snakes, turtles, amphibians, fish, etc.

Greet, instruct, and supervise school and private groups

Assist with campus projects including ground maintenance and operations

Provide excellent customer service for thousands of visitors annually

Lead two-hour interpretive canoe experiences on flat water

Work outdoors in multiple seasons, involving walking on uneven surfaces, organizing outdoor areas, exhibit guiding on our trails, and facilitating outdoor experiences

Work on teams that involve all departments (such as Animal Care, Facilities, Development, Admissions, and Volunteers) to achieve museum goals

Work schedule is a 35 hr. week - includes weekends and occasional mornings/evenings

Available from January 19th, 2020 - November 21st, 2020

Tracks of Learning

Each fellow will specialize in one of the following additional tracks of learning throughout their experience

Youth Development Fellow - Work alongside our School Programs Coordinator on school program logistics and development (including age appropriate STEAM activities and animal programs), and mentor and oversee summer educators.

Art and Nature Fellow - Manage our interactive Art Studio space, develop and coordinate art based programming, and assist our marketing manager with social media.

Volunteer and Event Fellow - Work alongside our Volunteer Coordinator as our onsite volunteer liaison, help coordinate educational events (such as Otter Run 5K and Haunted Forest), and help facilitate development events.

Outdoor Program Fellow - Co-coordinate our Community Maple Project, serve as lead canoe guide, assist with the revitalization of the Pines Play area, and develop outdoor programming (such as walks, tracking, and fort-building).

Animal Care Fellow - Participate in daily husbandry (such as diet preparation, cleaning habitats, and helping with medical procedures), create behavioral enrichment, and practice positive reinforcement based training.


Flexibility and the ability to adapt to change as it arises - The Wild Center is a dynamic setting where responsibilities can change quickly

Positive attitude - you will be challenged to go outside your comfort zone

Organization and time management skills - you will work on multiple tasks concurrently

Self-motivated - you seek opportunities to learn and grow; you can thrive independently

Experience working with people - customer service, teaching, sales, etc.

Teamwork and collaboration - we often work in groups and depend on each other
Interest in teaching natural history and working with animals in human care

Prior experience with canoes or a willingness to learn

Maturity and professionalism - we will consider you if you demonstrate the above skills regardless of level of education completed

An interest in learning more about a career in environmental education, museum studies, or related fields - we will support you in pursuit of your professional interests

Comfort living in communal housing - you will live with your colleagues and share living spaces


$350/week stipend + room in shared housing located ¾ mile from the campus
Access to canoes and stand up paddleboards for use outside of work hours
Certifications and training:
Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation
New York State Licensed Guide
First Aid/CPR/AED certification - Wilderness First Aid possible
Visual Thinking Strategies
Canoe skills
Project management experience
Customer service
Community outreach opportunities
Creating content to engage with audiences via social media
K-12 education techniques
Use of educational technology like Science on a Sphere
Natural history of the Adirondacks

Application Instructions: Send an e-mail to with the subject: “Application 2020” and you will receive an automated email including our application form and additional instructions. This is an unmonitored email account, please do not send correspondence to this email. Application Deadline: Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 5pm EST.

The Wild Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We have a strong dedication to diversity in our community and in the people and groups with which we work.