The Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization searching for interns for the summer of 2017. The Ocean Center runs programs geared towards children and adults that are focused on ecotourism and environmental education. Interns at the Ocean Center will be actively involved with all tasks related to daily operations for the Center. Interns will also help forward the Center's mission of revitalizing the local economy of Hatteras Village.
Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of running a nonprofit.
We are currently looking for interns with backgrounds in
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Tasks and Responsibilities
50% - Run educational programs for children and adults
30% - Assist with the daily operations of the Center (greet visitors, give tours of the facilities, and running the cash register at the gift shop, etc....)
20% Help maintain the building and property (lawn work, cleaning, equipment and general maintenance).
Have a passion for ecotourism and environmental education
Must be outgoing and able to encourage conversations with visitors of all ages
Excellent oral and written communication
Student in their Junior year of college or higher preferred
Current valid CPR/First Aid Certification (or higher) preferred
GPA of 3.0 or higher
Able to work several hours outside in summer heat
Must be comfortable working in and around water and on watercrafts
Free housing (shared living space) is provided
Interns are responsible for their own living and travel expenses outside of housing arrangement
Jobs in village outside of working hours are permitted so long as they do not conflict with internship
Internship dates are from May 22nd - August is 11th.
Internship is 12-weeks long
Interns will have the opportunity to volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) on their Turtle Patrol and Nest Sitting initiatives.
On Turtle Patrol interns will accompany a Park Ranger or seasonal NPS staff member on an off-road vehicle to search for nesting sea turtle tracks, excavate nests, and perform necessary protocols associated with identification and marking of new sea turtle nests on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
During nest sitting interns will be able to educate and interact with the general public and ensure the safety of new sea turtle hatchlings at nest sites close to their hatching date. Interns will be responsible for raking out a path from the nest to the ocean, preventing visitors or animals from trampling the nest site or “turtle runway,” answering questions, and helping hatchlings to the ocean if problems arise.
How to Apply
If interested in this internship, please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 26, 2017.
We will contact you within a day or two and let you know that we received your information.
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