Environmental Education and Conservation Intern

Interested students can send a cover letter and resume to mbolson@wiltonpreserve.org.

The positions will begin in late summer/early fall.

Position Summary

The major responsibilities of the intern are to develop and present indoor and outdoor environmental education programs for the general public, specific groups and elementary school classes.  Secondary opportunities are (1) participation in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and (2) participation on trail work and support of the recreational programs.

This is a full-time, 12-month internship.  Housing can be provided at no-cost at the Preserve & Park Office.  Pay is minimum wage.  A vehicle is required, but mileage for work-use is reimbursed at the market-rate.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

Environmental Education

On- and off-site education programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with classroom teachers/group leaders
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Environmental Education Volunteers
  • Participating in Training with Environmental Education volunteers
  • Communicating with the Environmental Education volunteers, insure they are prepared for programs
  • Presenting educational programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Following up with group leaders/survey, file hard copies of surveys
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs and systems

After-school programs

  • Developing and reviewing lesson plans
  • Scheduling and communication with BOCES program coordinator
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Filing of all paperwork relative to program supplies
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of current programs
  • Recording program attendance
  • Public Programs at the Preserve & Park and Tabling Events
  • Developing and reviewing seasonal schedule of public programs
  • Organizing and prepping all program supplies
  • Putting together program flyer
  • Assisting with PR for programs
  • Putting all program information on Web Site
  • Taking reservations for programs if needed
  • Staffing tabling opportunities at community events
  • Sending out emails and arranging for the needed Env. Ed. Volunteers
  • Collecting information from program participants for mailing list
  • Recording program attendance
  • Maintaining up-to-date file of presented programs

Visitor Center

  • Developing interpretive displays
  • Staffing center during public hours
  • Keeping center stocked with brochures, maps and flyers

Conservation

  • Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; seed collecting, lupine planting
  • Other studies:  e.g.: woodcock, Blanding’s turtle, amphibian watch, wetland study, bird survey
  • Creating a new conservation project

Recreation

  • Planning, preparation and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Ski and the Wildlife Festival
  • Helping with trail work days and with winter grooming

General

Hospitality

  • Greeting and communicating information to visitors
  • Answering the phone and checking the answering machine
  • Taking messages

Organizing materials and records

  • Keeping maps stocked at kiosks
  • Keeping flyers at kiosks up-to-date
  • Keeping educational supplies organized
  • Keeping intern computer files organized and up-to-date

Meeting participation

  • Attending board meetings
  • Attending volunteer meetings
  • Attending Education Committee Meetings/Conservation Committee Meetings

80 Scout Road

  • Helping to keep office public spaces clean and appealing
  • Keeping living spaces clean and organized (kitchen, bathroom and bedroom)
  • Shoveling sidewalk and entryways in the winter

The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization that partners with the Town of Wilton, Saratoga County, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and The Nature Conservancy to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and recreation.  The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is part of the geologically significant Saratoga Sandplains.  This area of ancient sand dunes, small but important wetlands and diverse ecological communities is home to the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, the threatened frosted elfin, and the hognose snake, a species of special concern. While the Karner blue butterfly was the catalyst behind the effort to conserve this increasingly rare landscape in 1996, within just a few years of the establishment of the Preserve & Park, other extremely rare species, the eastern spadefoot toad and the Blanding’s turtle were discovered on its protected lands.  Today, over 2,400 acres protect significant habitats and more than 20 miles of trails provide a wonderfully fun, healthy, and educational resource for the community.  Educational programming and recreational opportunities are at the heart of the organization.  We provide a full range of educational programs for the public throughout the year and work with local schools, scout groups, and others to present programs at the Preserve & Park and off-site.  We have several special events during the year including our Winter Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe, our Spring Wildlife Festival, a 5k Fun Run series in the summer and an 8k snowshoe race in the winter.