Environmental Education Internship

Awendaw, South Carolina
Housing may be available. A small stipend may be available.
May 02, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Internship, Volunteer

Selected candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and lead a variety of innovative ecosystem based environmental education programs for K-12 students. Programs are taught in the field (salt marsh, freshwater wetlands, longleaf pine and maritime forest) and in our laboratories and classrooms at the Sewee and Waccamaw Environmental Education Centers. During the school year we also teach a number of in-school programs which are a continuation of students’ field experiences as part of our 10 week Earth Stewards program.
  • Develop and lead student service learning projects.
  • Develop standards based STEM lessons and assist the education programs coordinator with program administration and marketing.
  • Participate in ongoing refuge and forest conservation programs, including loggerhead sea turtle nest protection efforts (spring/summer).
  • Help organize public education and fundraising events.

The ideal applicant should:

  • Hold, or be working toward, a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Science Education, Environmental Science or a related field
  • Have a working knowledge of South Carolina coastal ecosystems.
  • Be willing to learn about the national forest and wildlife refuges we partner with and their management programs.
  • Have a desire to work with children of all ages and backgrounds in both indoor and outdoor settings throughout the year.
  • Be willing to travel to our different Education Centers as well as schools along the coast for programs
  • Be creative, flexible, and self-motivated
  • Be willing to work occasional weekend and/or evening.
  • Be willing to work with live animals (including turtles, lizards, snakes, alligators, fish, etc.)


  • Potential to develop a thesis or project for college or graduate school credit.
  • Flexible scheduling.  Previous interns have been able to also work a part time job.
  • Potential to develop education programs (based on on-going research on the refuge/forest or a special interest/topic you’d like to teach to students).

Time-frame, Compensation, and Additional Details:

  • Summer internships will start in May and run through the middle of August. Fall internships will start mid-August or early September, and will be six months to one year in duration.  Preference will be given to those who can commit to a longer time period.
  • Programs are taught primarily in Charleston and Georgetown Counties. Interns will have work space at the Sewee and Waccamaw Visitor and Environmental Education Centers.
  • Housing may be available at Cape Romain National Wildlife refuge in Awendaw, SC.
  • A small stipend may be available.

To apply:

Send brief cover letter (one page maximum), resume (no more than three pages, two preferred) and three professional references to Crystal Herron at educator@sccoastalfriends.org. Please submit all requested information together in a single Word or PDF document labeled first name.last name.