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Field Studies Intern:

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Education Department seeks field studies interns for the 2022-2023 school year! Field Studies Interns will assist with daily in-person and virtual field trips for kindergarten to twelfth-grade students.

You will gain teaching and leadership skills and learn about informal outdoor education. Interns will work with a team of staff members and passionate volunteers working toward sharing the joy and beauty of tropical gardening with everyone. Candidates must be able to commit to at least 8 hours, but ideally 16 hours per week for the fall and/or spring semester. Work hours are primarily on weekdays, and some weekend shifts are available. There are a limited amount of stipends available for this opportunity; however, community service and/or credit hours are also available. This position reports to the Field Studies and Outreach Specialist.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing and teaching in-person and virtual environmental education programs, including writing lesson plans, creating print and audiovisual content, and conducting research.
  • Oversee field trip group logistics such as bus arrival and preparing group for the program alongside interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare program materials such as printing worksheets, assembling props, and tending to plants for field trip use.
  • Provide support for education volunteers by training them on content and collaboratively executing lessons.
  • Assist in identifying local and national schools to develop outreach efforts.
  • Assist education staff as needed with special projects and events.

Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong time management skills.
  • Self-motivated, flexible, quick learner, and possesses a high level of personal integrity.
  • Enthusiasm and patience in working with students of all ages; ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.
  • The ability to lift objects to 20 lbs., work in various weather conditions, and stand/walk for extended periods is preferred.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Tatiana Castro at tcastro@fairchildgarden.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

 

Volunteer Coordinator Intern:

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) is currently seeking a Volunteer Coordinator Intern to assist with the daily operations of the Volunteer Department Program. Help recruit, select, train, motivate and supervise volunteers.

You will gain administrative and organizational skills, as well as learn about non-profit management. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated, self-starter looking to increase the profile of service and volunteerism benefiting FTBG. This position will report to the Director of Human Resources & Volunteer Services. It will be an active participant in a dynamic team that connects the community with service opportunities benefiting FTBG. Interns work 25-40 hours per week for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks.

Positions are experience-based and are therefore unpaid.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in developing volunteer opportunities for FTBG, including conducting research, recruitment, and onsite attendance/management.
  • Provide support for volunteer coordination and events, scheduling volunteer events, and communicating with volunteers.
  • Assist with activities related to volunteer recruitment, training, and retention, and coordinating events.
  • Assist with volunteer Jurassic Garden duties such as development, planning, coordination, and execution as needed.
  • Assist with all communications, including print marketing, targeted participant recruitment, and online listings when appropriate.
  • Assist in writing volunteer newsletters and other email announcements to volunteers.
  • Files, photocopies/scans, data entry, and manages data within Volgistics, a volunteer management database.
  • Assist with managing volunteer applicants and tracks pending applicants.
  • Revamp volunteer web pages on the FTBG website.
  • Take photos of volunteers during service.
  • Assist volunteers at the Wings of Tropics Butterfly Exhibit as needed.
  • Assist staff as needed with special projects.

Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • Enthusiasm and patience in working with volunteers of all ages; ability to work with a diverse group of individuals
  • Knowledge of various computer systems, including Microsoft Office (Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook)
  • Basic working knowledge of internet social networking tools
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, flexible, quick learner, and possesses a high level of personal integrity
  • The ability to lift objects to 40 lbs., work in various weather conditions, and stand/walk for long periods of time is preferred.

Please contact Jemma Peterson at jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org if interested in applying.

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