Environmental Education Internship

Environmental Education Internship

Friends of North Creek Forest - Bothell, Washington 

 

Looking for an energetic and reliable student to help with curriculum planning, design, implementation, and assessment. Friends of North Creek Forest is a non-profit organization committed to maintaining and improving the ecological function of North Creek Forest through stewardship, education and conservation in perpetuity. Our education program has ambitious goals which include providing environmental education programming that enhances nature relationships and provides classroom to field curriculum in support of NGSS standards. The environmental education program works with a variety of school and community partners and we anticipate building many new relationships as we grow.

Interns will work with the Education Manager to design a detailed project outline and schedule for each quarter, as well as a plan for one or more teaching opportunities. In addition interns will assist in a variety of duties including curriculum design, program marketing, outreach, and preparation (reading and logistics) for committee meetings. The winter quarter will be the planning and design phase of community programming to be launched in the spring quarter. The spring quarter will provide more opportunities for instruction and outreach. We would prefer to hire one student for both the winter and spring quarters.

Expectations:

  • 8-10 hours per week/ per quarter.
  • Contribute written or visual reflection to FNCF blog
  • Attend education committee meetings and complete required readings.
  • Assist in designing educational activities with community service and ecological themes.
  • Produce end of quarter deliverables including lesson plans, and/ or teaching tools.
  • Assist in field instruction with eventual plans to lead a field activity.

Objectives/Learning Goals:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand basic lowland forest ecological restoration practices.
  • Understand the role of community service/service learning in that work.
  • Practice respectful community outreach skills.
  • Think critically about equity in environmental education.
  • Design for diverse ways of knowing and understanding science and the natural world.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in community outreach, environmental issues, and ecological restoration.
  • Comfortable working within a variety of tech platforms such as Google drive.

Compensation:

$500 for each quarter upon satisfactory completion of program and deliverables.

Internship expectations are built to support a 3 credit per quarter college internship and can be adjusted according to college credit requirements.​

For more information about applying please contact Alice Tsoodle at alice@friendsnorthcreekforest.org.

www.friendsnorthcreekforest.org/education.html

 

Extras:

Forest Field Trips:

We offer service learning field trips with an emphasis on Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.​ Currently we serve small school groups with a maximum of 25-30 students. We look forward to growing our programming as we move into the new year.

Coming this Spring! Badges Program:

Stay tuned to hear more about our Forest Badges Program. We will offer an adventurous hiking experience designed to help Scouts and other community groups earn their badges.

Higher Education Programs:

We take pride in our long term relationships with the University of Washington and Cascadia College. Our community partnership with the UW's Restoration Ecology Network has been an amazing opportunity to exchange ideas while we work to restore a healthy and balanced ecosystem in our lowland forests. We also work to support the classes from UW Bothell and CC who visit the forest every quarter. Students come out to collect data, do research, and practice service learning with restoration ecology. We look forward to further building our relationships with these great schools.