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Museum Volunteer for the Environment Internship

Frost Science Volunteer
Miami-Dade County, Florida, US
Closing date
Dec 12, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Museum Volunteer for the Environment Intern
  • MUVE Intern This role at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science) will assist Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) program staff to facilitate conservation programming. MUVE is a volunteer-based environmental enhancement group that uses citizen science, habitat restoration, outreach, eco-art, and science exhibits to engage the local community in enhancing coastal environments in Miami. Interns must have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a passion for conservation. This is a part time position with flexible hours that runs January - December 2023.

This internship position provides an exceptional opportunity to facilitate conservation programming and directly impact both people and the environment in a positive way. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in an academic program that will allow them to receive credit for completing this position.

SALARY: Unpaid, for academic credit.

    • Science communication skills gained through training and participation in public education and outreach at the museum and offsite
    • A comprehensive understanding of habitat enhancement, citizen science, biodiversity monitoring, and invasive species management in South Florida
    • Volunteer management as applied to monthly workdays, specific service events, and field trips
    • Exposure to grant writing and project development

    • Lead volunteers in habitat restoration activities, facilitate biodiversity monitoring initiatives, promote community engagement
    • Attend weekly staff workdays, monthly public Workdays, and special event days (City Nature Challenge, Earth Day, Baynanza, World Ocean Day)
    • Liaise with local organizations, schools, and potential volunteers to increase public awareness and participation
    • Lead volunteers in citizen science initiatives using iNaturalist and CleanSwell
    • Individual internship project to be co-developed and executed by intern, must be related to habitat enhancement and align with MUVE's mission
    • Assist in planning the annual City Nature Challenge Event
    • Attend and lead outreach opportunities at festivals and schools
    • Develop and complete special projects as needed
    • Complete an internship project
    • Perform other assigned tasks

    • Must be actively enrolled in college/university and have a faculty advisor to verify the hours and provide educational credit for the internship.
    • Interest in Frost Science's mission
    • Background or interest in citizen science, wildlife biology or ecology, community engagement, science communication, social science, environmental science, or STEM education
    • Familiarity with Florida flora/fauna and ecology
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Dropbox, familiar with iNaturalist
    • Reliable and punctual, with good attendance
    • Positive attitude and the ability to work well with different personalities in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
    • Must be 18 years or older

    • This position requires working with tools and chemicals using appropriate personal protective equipment.
    • Work activities include bending, reaching, and lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of weight.
    • Work is performed outdoors, sometimes under direct sunlight or light rain, with some office work as well.

    • Background Screening
    • Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.

    • Must be able to commit to 10-20 hours a week
    • Availability for 1-2 Saturdays per month is required
    • Minimum 1 office day at Frost Science, 1-2 fieldwork events per week, any remaining hours remote

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