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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest-Nature-based Education Intern-Fri, 02/09/2018 - 5:10pm

Nature-based Education Intern


Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Clermont, KY
2499 Clermont Road
Clermont , KY 40010

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Job Description 

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a non-profit institution that protects over 15,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands in Clermont, Kentucky; it is also home to the state's official arboretum. To help fulfill its mission of "connecting people with nature", Bernheim is seeking a Nature-based Education Intern to develop and present nature-based experiences for children, families, and adults. The 12-week internship includes a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, with a 40-hour work week. Start date is negotiable.

Learn more about Bernheim and this position at (click on "careers" in upper right-hand corner).

Duties & Responsibilities 

Major responsibilities of the Nature-based Education Intern at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (Bernheim) include, but are not limited to, working with Education Department staff and volunteers to:

Offer nature-based programming to Bernheim visitors, including the general public, youth and family audiences, Pre-K-12 youth groups, summer campers, etc.

Develop nature-based programming at Bernheim, including conducting research to support programming, program outlines and lesson plans, program materials and resources, basic program training structure, etc.

Assist in the development and maintenance of Education Center activities and resources, including permanent exhibits, rotating activities, the Education Classroom, Wildlife Viewing Room, I Spy Trail, interpretive resource areas, etc.

Support Bernheim’s ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative, including developing and offering ECO Kids Discovery Days activities and assisting with Pollywog Play Parties.

Collaborate with other Bernheim departments through education initiatives and involvement in staff work days, on-site events, off-site outreach, and general tasks associated with Natural Areas, Horticulture, Visitor Services, and others.

Perform other duties as assigned, including clerical work and database management.

Education and Experience 

The position of Nature-based Education Intern is open to all undergraduate and graduate students with a passion for connecting people with nature through meaningful education and direct contact with the natural world. Preference is given to applicants with an academic background and/or career experience in the fields of environmental education, science education, natural interpretation, natural history, earth and natural sciences, formal and informal education, or other related areas.

To perform this internship successfully an individual must be able to perform each requirement in a satisfactory manner. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required (reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the requirements):
1) Experience working with the public, ranging in scale from one-on-one conversations to large group presentations.
2) Experience in educating the public, especially youth and family audiences, regarding nature, ecosystems, natural sciences, etc.
3) Experience in developing education programs and resources.
4) Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently while maintaining a friendly and professional image with coworkers and the public.
5) Must be able to perform basic physical duties including but not limited to walking with ease, moving frequently, lifting and moving props and materials, shifting from sitting to standing position and kneeling for extended time periods.
6) Ability to traverse difficult terrain and deal with potential exposure to ticks, chiggers, intense heat and sunlight, water, and other harsh environmental conditions.
7) Ability to communicate, work, live, and function effectively within a team of interns.
8) Adherence to dressing in a professional manner.
9) A valid driver's license.
10) Must pass background check, physical, and drug screening.

Required technological skills include:
1) Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
2) Ability to promote Bernheim through social media efforts, including the Bernheim website, Facebook and Twitter accounts, eNews, etc.
3) Ability to research work-related information via internet.
4) Ability to run basic office and support equipment, including computers, projectors, camera, copy machine, fax machine, telephone switchboard, laminator, etc.

Application Instructions 

To apply for this position, please submit resume and cover letter via email to Debbie Medley, Human Resource Coordinator, at

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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest