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Education Volunteer

We are now accepting applications for Winter or Spring 2020.

Woodcock is looking for enthusiastic students who are interested in environmental topics (Biology, Zoology, Ecology, Environmental Science, etc.) and or education (any age level) for an internship assisting our educators. The nature center has after school programs for students from Kindergarten all the way through middle school. Volunteers will assist in helping to run after school and with the full time educators. This is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience and knowledge that could benefit them in pursuing further studies and careers.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring the students who come to our programs with the educator

  • Working one on one with students and answering questions they may have or helping them find the answer

  • Assist in the planning and execution of programs

  • Participate in set up and break down of programs

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be 15 years of age or older

  • Interest in the environment and or education

  • Experience working with younger kids and teenagers

  • Comfort working with different animals and in the natural environment

  • Available at least one afternoon a week

 

Send a cover letter and resume to Sam Nunes at snunes@woodcocknaturecenter.org

Marketing & Development Internship

We are currently accepting applications for Winter or Spring 2020.

Woodcock Nature Center seeks an intern to assist in its small but busy administrative office with a variety of projects, including: donor research and correspondence; marketing projects related to promoting programs events; maintenance of fundraising and email databases; fundraising event support and other clerical tasks. 

This is an excellent opportunity for college students and/or recent college graduates with a background and interest in the environment, nature, education, non-profit administration, marketing and fundraising. Qualified candidates will be independent; organized; possess excellent writing, computer and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest in nature; and be enthusiastic and flexible. 

This is an unpaid internship. Two days per week minimum. Approximately 9am to 2pm. Dates and times flexible. Send a letter of interest and resume to Lenore Herbst at lenore@woodcocknaturecenter.org

High School Volunteer Research Project

We are currently accepting students

Woodcock Nature Center is looking for local high school students who want to do research! This is an excellent opportunity for students looking to gain valuable college resume builders, and developing scientific skills! Do not pass it up if you’re interested in majoring in the field of science!

If you’re interested, send an email to Sam Nunes at snunes@woodcocknaturecenter.org  and describe the project you might want to do. If you don’t have an idea for a project, but you would like to do one, Sam can help you zero in on what might work best for you!

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Summer Camp Counselor In Training (CIT)
Accepting applications for the Summer 2020 camp season. Deadline to apply is April 27, 2020- no exceptions.

CIT's assist the summer camp counselors in providing a safe and fun camp experience. They will help facilitate activities, games, crafts, songs, stories, hikes, and more. In addition to supervising campers, CITs also assist with camp preparation and clean-up, and will serve as a positive role model for the campers. CITs must be 14 or older and have had experience working with children (babysitting, tutoring, etc). CITs must commit to at least one full week (Monday-Friday) of camp and be able to attend a mandatory training prior to the start of camp. Hours range from 8:45-1:15 or 9:15-3:15. Applicants must be enthusiastic about camp, enjoy working with children, animals, and the natural environment! There is a fee for first year CITs of $150 to cover training expenses. This is an unpaid position.

 

Applicants should email a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Bradshaw, Assistant Camp Director, at jbradshaw@woodcocknaturecenter.org

Summer Camp Counselors

Now accepting applications for Summer 2020!

This is a Environmental Education position is ideal for college students who love to be outside and who enjoy working with children. We are looking for mature, self-motivated, fun students to work with campers ages 3-12. Campers are grouped by grade (PreK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th). Two counselors work together with each group of children. Each counselor will get a chance to work with each age group during the course of the summer. Counselors will be responsible for implementing our existing nature and environmental education curriculum, leading animal lessons, coordinating activities, guiding campers, and managing group dynamics. Counselors work together in facilitating activities that range from nature arts to shelter building and wetland exploration.

 

Duties for all Camp Counselors:

  • Lead all activities planned for each day. Curriculum and resources are provided and staff will have time to develop these activities during staff training week.

  • Supervise and interact with campers at all times.

  • Provide daily care of each camper and maintain standards of health and safety.

  • Administer basic First Aid (training provided during staff training week)

  • Participate in 1-2 overnight Friday camp-outs.

  • Contribute to set-up, break-down, and cleaning at the start and end of each camp day.

 

Summer Schedule:

Mandatory Staff Training: June 8-12

Camp Dates: Week of June 15 through August 14

Counselors work Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm plus an additional overnight camp-out.

Counselors must be available and commit to ALL dates. It is not possible to take days or weeks off.

There is no camp the week of June 29-July 3rd. The Nature Center is closed that week. 

 

Qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older (exceptions are made to rising High School junior and seniors with experience)

  • Minimum of first year study preferred, but not required (Elementary Education, Physical Education, Environmental Science, Biology, Wildlife Conservation, or related fields.)

  • A sincere desire to teach young students about nature and the environment.

  • Experience leading or working with kids in a formal or informal setting (school, nature center, camp, scouts, babysitting, etc).

  • Enthusiasm for exploring nature with children. Basic knowledge of the natural world is preferred, but not required.

  • Willingness to get dirty and work hard in all weather (including summer heat, humidity, and rain).

  • Self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision.

  • Ability to be physically active for most of an 8 hour day.

 

Salary commensurate with experience. College credit is available if agreed upon by your school.

To Apply:

Send the following to Sarah Breznen, Camp Director, at sbreznen@woodcocknaturecenter.org

  • Cover Letter,

  • Resume

  • Names and contact info for 2 references

High School Senior Internships

We are currently FULL for our Spring 2020 internship program.

Woodcock can help you participate in your school’s for-credit senior internship program. We offer a 3 to 4 week work experience that typically begins in mid May and is arranged in partnership with your school. This program gives seniors the opportunity to explore an area of interest outside of their usual class schedule. Our internship is ideal for seniors who are interested in non-profits, environmental science and education as well as outdoor work. Internship projects can include: wetland specimen collecting, program set-up, trail and ground maintenance, wood-chipping, animal care tank maintenance, etc. This is an unpaid internship. 

 

Send a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Bradshaw at jbradshaw@woodcocknaturecenter.org

Woodcock Nature Center

56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT 06897

P (203) 762-7280

F (203) 834-0062

wnc@woodcocknaturecenter.org

Our mission is to connect people to the habitats, plants and animals of Southwestern CT through programs that build awareness, nurture understanding, and advance conservation. 

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