Come spend the summer doing field research and environmental education in the Smokies! This is an excellent opportunity to work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park learning field techniques pertaining to a wide variety of citizen science projects. The position is also well-suited for those who are interested in gaining entry-level experience in environmental education and teaching techniques. Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a nationally recognized residential environmental learning center whose mission is to connect people and nature through hands-on experiences.
Observation, data collection, and sampling for a variety of organisms. Projects are subject to change but may include salamanders, trees, birds, fungi, and arthropods. Interns will also develop and teach an educational program and conduct a research project as part of a portfolio of internship experiences. Assist Manager of Science Literacy and Research with teaching and supervising groups of teenage campers during two science camps: one 5-day Backcountry Ecological Expedition and one 5-day Smokies Science Investigation. Occasional overnight supervision of campers.
Curriculum development and teaching:
Work with supervising staff member(s) to develop and implement activities for campers (age 9-12) that focus on hands-on science and research studies.
Observation, data collection, and sample collection for a variety of organisms. Projects are subject to change but may include studies of birds, salamanders, trees, fungi, and arthropods. As needed, help with other study subjects and assist visiting researchers or park resource managers. This position entails very early mornings and working during uncomfortable weather, including hot, humid days and rain. Hiking in the backcountry is expected, including hikes over six miles in length.
Data entry and analysis and summarizing field data, creation of a research poster.
Write an article for Walker Valley Reflections, Tremont’s newsletter. Write science curriculum developed over the course of the summer for use by other staff.
Energetic, enthusiastic, and committed individuals who have an interest in science, natural history, and environmental education. Applicants must be 19 or older with some college or equivalent experience. Interns will be expected to take Basic First Aid and CPR upon arrival, if they do not have current certification.
Stipend and Benefits:
$180/week plus housing, meals, and uniform.
Dates of Employment:
May 29 – August 3, 2018. Hours are irregular, generally 5 days per week. Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours required.
Application deadline: February 9, 2018.
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